ton·​er | \ˈtō-nər \

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

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Glowing healthy skin is so, so in, and lots of steps for care — sheet masks, toners, cleansers, sunscreens, eye treatments. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Unilever’s Esi Eggleston Bracey Wants to Make Women Feel Good," 3 July 2018 To prevent bumps, swipe a salicylic-acid toner on skin once a day for a week. Cristina Mueller, Redbook, "Q& Triple A: I have little hairs around my chin and upper lip. Help!," 10 Jan. 2011 Investigators say Buie didn't realize the printer had run out of toner and only half his pages had printed. Fox News, "Kansas City man sentenced to 10 years for leaving child sex cartoons in library printer," 6 Sep. 2018 Otherwise known as the clever, portable way to apply product from toner to self-tanner. Lauren Ingram, WSJ, "Your A-to-Z Guide to Skin Care Today," 9 Aug. 2018 Once the toner was replaced, the remaining obscene images were printed and discovered by librarians. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Sex cartoons of children left on KC library printer leads to man's conviction | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 Others are using toners and micellar water to get the job done. Kristen Van Schie, Glamour, "Without Water, the Women of Cape Town Are Redefining ‘Self-Care’," 7 Mar. 2018 To add moisture back into her skin, Aina loves the Fresh Rose toner. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jackie Aina Walks Us Through Her Intense Nighttime Skin Routine," 6 June 2018 While interviewing Korean girl group EXID, three words, in particular, didn't require a translator: toner, serum, and Vaseline. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hani of K-Pop Group EXID Reveals Her Simple Routine for Getting Glass Skin," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of toner

1888, in the meaning defined above

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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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