mas·​cara ma-ˈsker-ə How to pronounce mascara (audio)
: a cosmetic especially for making the eyelashes darker and more prominent
ma-ˈsker-əd How to pronounce mascara (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And be sure to swipe on a few coats of Maybelline's volumizing mascara for a dramatic finishing touch. Lisa Desantis, Allure, 14 Mar. 2023 During healing, avoid using eye makeup like mascara. Susan Brickell, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 This bright Pat McGrath mascara comes in blue, aquamarine, and hot pink. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Mar. 2023 Boy Brow perfects her arches, Saie’s mascara coats her lashes, and Tom Ford’s warm brown-hued gloss accentuates her pout. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2023 Whipped Oil Body Cream is on sale for less than $40, while this Sephora brand mascara is discounted to $7. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2022 Finally, a coat of mascara, a swipe of clear Fenty Beauty gloss, and a generous spritz of face mist provide the finishing touches. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2023 The series shows Chamberlain running around the brand's headquarters, traipsing through Paris, and testing out all of Lancôme's cutting-edge technology to find her perfect foundation shade, new favorite mascara, and exact skincare needs. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Jan. 2023 Despite being roughly the size of a tube of mascara or classroom marker, this skincare device packs a powerful punch. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from Italian maschera mask

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mascara was in 1886

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“Mascara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mas·​cara ma-ˈskar-ə How to pronounce mascara (audio)
: a cosmetic especially for darkening the eyelashes

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