mas·​cara | \ ma-ˈsker-ə How to pronounce mascara (audio) , -ˈska-rə\

Definition of mascara

: a cosmetic especially for making the eyelashes darker and more prominent

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Other Words from mascara

mascaraed \ -​əd How to pronounce mascaraed (audio) , -​rəd \ adjective

Examples of mascara in a Sentence

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On a recent Saturday before heading to an 11 a.m. rowing class, Julie Gluck dabbed on some tinted moisturizer, eyeliner and mascara. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Sneakers? Check. Mascara? Check. Makeup is the New Workout Gear," 22 Jan. 2019 Got some mascara and a makeup compact with powder and a lipstick. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, The Regrettes?," 5 Nov. 2018 Even high-fashion models run to their local drugstore or pharmacy every now and then to stock up on beauty essentials—mascara and makeup wipes are an absolute must—before, after, and sometimes in between shows. SELF, "21 Drugstore Products Models Swear By," 18 Sep. 2018 Eye makeup can be like a petri-dish for bacteria, and using old eyeliner (or mascara can cause irritation and infection. Talia Green, SELF, "11 Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Makeup Artist Mom," 13 Sep. 2018 For Sir John, that includes wipes, Q-tips, blush, mascara, and a little bit of moisture. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "What Happened When I Took a Private Jet with Beyonce's Makeup Artist," 7 May 2018 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018 After a quick clean up of the lines with a Q-tip, Hudson throws a little mascara on before contouring her face and adding blush to her cheeks. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Jennifer Hudson Sings Her Way to the Perfect Cat-Eye “Swoop”," 11 Dec. 2018 The rise of Alchemy 43 and a new beauty website launched by Allergan, Botox’s manufacturer, demonstrates an attempt to make needles as commonplace as mascara wands. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mascara

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mascara

probably from Italian maschera mask

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The first known use of mascara was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of mascara

: a type of makeup used for darkening and thickening eyelashes

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