ton·​er | \ ˈtō-nər How to pronounce toner (audio) \

Definition of toner

: one that tones or is a source of tones: such as
a : a substance (such as a thermoplastic powder) used especially to develop an image (such as a latent xerographic image) on a piece of paper
b : a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores
c : a solution used to impart color to a silver photographic image

Examples of toner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the toner is made of water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic witch hazel, organic clary sage oil and organic sandalwood oil. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 Add some lowlights or drop your toner down a level or two. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Brown Ale Hair Is Fall's Coolest New Hair Color," 18 Nov. 2019 Nix your cotton balls for toner and other skincare products. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Simple Ways To Make Your Daily Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly," 2 Oct. 2019 To darken or lighten the color to a customer's liking, French can mix in droplets of toner or stains. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can design your own lipstick at this new custom blended lipstick lab in Brookfield," 5 Nov. 2019 For dry skin, try a clarifying toner with glycerin or ceramides. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's How To Get Beautiful Glowing Skin Overnight," 1 Oct. 2019 For the expensive toners in your skincare regime, look to Cosywell’s three bottle kit. Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Reusable Travel Bottles for All Your Creams, Soaps, and Serums," 19 Aug. 2019 Good-quality cleansers, toners and SPF lotions and creams work fine on this section of your body. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: The art of falling," 29 Aug. 2019 The five-ingredient toner has an earthy and tart scent that leaves the skin feeling refreshed. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of toner

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toner was in 1888

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20 Jan 2020

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“Toner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce toner (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toner

: a dark powder that is used like ink in machines that print and copy documents
: a liquid that is used to clean and tighten the skin


ton·​er | \ ˈtō-nər \

Medical Definition of toner

: one that tones a muscle toner especially : a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores facial toners

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