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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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 Monday & Thursday — brightening: Wang uses seven products in the morning, including a cleanser, toner and serum from the 100% Pure Fermented Rice collection, as well as face oil, eye cream and sunscreen. Janna Mandell, San Francisco Chronicle, "100% Pure’s natural skin-care empire relies on good chemistry," 8 Feb. 2018 The culty french toner Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is now being offered as a body treatment: the Lotion P50 Slimming Algae Body Wrap ($240 for an hour). Crystal Martin, The Cut, "Forget Bridal Boot Camp With These 7 Non-Workouts," 12 Apr. 2018 Or, okay, just don’t be turned off by smelly products, says Hale, who swears by a very divisive toner to get clear skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Lucy Hale Shares the One Anti-Aging Product That "Completely Changed" Her Skin," 13 June 2018 The liquid is like a toner that should be used after cleansing and before applying serums and moisturizers. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "The Toner That Will Make Your Selfies Look So Good," 24 May 2018 Given that Charlie is a natural light brunette, the total process from start to finish (which likely consisted of bleach, toner, and color) can easily add up to hours in the colorist's chair. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Charlie Puth Dyes His Hair Platinum Blonde," 25 June 2018 Tomoko also has plenty of high-end beauty products — face-wash, toner, lotions, hair sprays, etc. Melody Chiu,, "We Tried It: The $630 Japanese Massage That Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and More Indulge In," 20 June 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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