mas·​cara | \ma-ˈsker-ə, -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, -​rəd \ adjective

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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 The report says Aghdam wore two pairs of socks under tri-color sneakers, and mascara on her eyes and brows. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "YouTube shooter autopsy reveals no drugs or alcohol in her system," 9 July 2018 Vegan mascaras are particularly difficult beauty products to come by because most do contain beeswax, an animal byproduct known for its long-lasting, conditioning qualities., "This Is Why You Might Be Getting A Refund From Glossier Today," 10 May 2018 The Viva Las Lashes mascara is lightweight, buildable, and never-clumpy. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "We Tested All 70 Jennifer Lopez for Inglot Makeup Products," 25 Apr. 2018 But before putting away her mascara, the model wipes off a bit of excess and then sweeps the wand straight through her enviously full eyebrows. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Watch Taylor Hill Get Bombshell Brows and Lashes for Days," 26 Oct. 2018 Top it off with a few coats of your favorite mascara. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson Wore Blue Glitter Eyeliner," 28 Sep. 2018 If getting your waterproof mascara off (and not on your pillow) is an eternal struggle, switch to Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Hygiene Habits?," 25 July 2018 Third-quarter figures, though, suggest the mascara is starting to run dry. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Shiseido’s Beauty May Prove Fleeting," 8 Nov. 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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