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

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Aesop toner and face lotion, Ouai hair finishing cream [shown] and Byredo Oud Immortel fragrance. 8. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, "Three Power Couples Discuss What It Takes to Collaborate Successfully," 9 Nov. 2018 The pungent scent is immediately reminiscent of another catch-all fermented lotion with a reputation for results: Biologique Recherche’s legendary Lotion P50 exfoliating toner. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Vintner’s Daughter Launches Its Second-Ever Product—And It’s Well Worth the Wait," 31 Jan. 2019 The secret sauce left behind: so le al (Mama Choi’s acronym for soju, lemon, and aloe), a DIY facial toner meant to brighten, tighten, and clarify her skin. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "My Mother’s 5-Step Korean Beauty Routine Completely Changed My Skin," 21 Sep. 2018 Last year, Kindred Black—the online boutique known for its dreamy edit of home goods, sustainable fashion, and natural beauty—quietly introduced its first house-label apothecary product: an organic rosewater toner. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This All-Natural Skin-Care Line Comes in the Most Striking Glass Apothecary Bottles Yet," 12 Dec. 2018 And in case there's any dirt left after both washes, Cara follows up with a toner, too. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Alessia Cara's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 4 Dec. 2018 At least 14 times a day, the Korean actress Claudia Kim applies toner to her face. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This Fantastic Beasts 2 Star Has a Serious Knack for K-Beauty," 17 Nov. 2018 Sarah first lovingly double-cleanses my skin and applies toner, using firm, sweeping hand motions that really get into the lymph nodes and massage the pressure points of my face. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018 Once every last bit of makeup is off and the toner is dry, Perkins moves on to anti-aging products like peel pads and skin-coddling oils designed for oily skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Desi Perkins Shares Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 25 Sep. 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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