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

Examples of mascara in a Sentence

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There's Milk Makeup's miniature waterproof mascara for those poolside afternoons, and Drybar's TSA-friendly dry shampoo that acts as the ultimate saving grace for those who intend to forgo a wash until Monday. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Ultimate Beauty Travel Kit: 14 Small Wonders to Pack for a Weekend Away," 24 July 2019 My go-to waterproof mascara is L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara—talk about solid and affordable. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The Beach Makeup Ideas & Tips That Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By," 19 June 2019 From mercury in mascara to styrene in maxi pads, toxic chemicals in products expose women to over 100 chemicals each day through personal care products. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Like magic, simply adding water transforms this formula into a dirt-clearing cleanser that makes your skin baby-soft, and it can even be used to remove waterproof mascara. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Brugman adds warm water and Fresh's Soy Cleanser on the pad and rubs it on her face using a circular motion to help dissolve any waterproof mascara on her lashes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Devin Brugman's Entire Nightly Skincare Routine," 16 May 2019 Balaji picked her up from the floor, kissing her forehead and wiping away the black streams of mascara. Abhijith Ravinutala,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 Chin up, head down, dry your eyes, apply another round of waterproof mascara and just get on with it, girl. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The bracing truth and sadness in E. Jean Carroll’s advice columns," 25 June 2019 Above-neck, Jenner kept things simple with a subtle dusting of apricot blush, painted pink lips, and a swipe of mascara allowing her luminous complexion to take center stage. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has Your Day-to-Night Summer Look Sorted," 20 June 2019

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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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