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Definition of makeup noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also make-up) noun
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  1. 1[uncountable] substances used especially by women to make their faces look more attractive, or used by actors to change their appearance eye makeup to put on your makeup She never wears makeup. a makeup artist (= a person whose job is to put makeup on the faces of actors and models) Topic CollocationsClothes and Fashionclothes be wearing a new outfit/bright colors/fur/a uniform/a costume be (dressed) in black/red/jeans and a T-shirt/your best suit/leather/silk/rags (= very old torn clothes) be dressed for work/school/dinner/a special occasion be dressed as a man/woman/clown/pirate wear/dress in casual/designer/second-hand clothes wear jewelry/accessories/a watch/glasses/contact lenses/perfume have a cowboy hat/red dress/blue suit on put on/take off your clothes/coat/shoes/gloves/socks/helmet change into/get changed into a pair of jeans/your pajamasappearance change/enhance/improve your appearance create/get/have/give something a new/contemporary/retro look brush/comb/shampoo/wash/blow-dry your hair have/get a haircut/your hair cut/a new hairstyle have/get a piercing/your nose pierced have/get a tattoo/a tattoo done (on your arm)/a tattoo removed have/get a makeover/plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery/Botox™ treatment use/wear/apply/put on makeup/cosmeticsfashion follow/keep up with fashion/the latest fashions spend/waste money on designer clothes be fashionably/stylishly/well dressed have good/great/terrible/awful taste in clothes update/revamp your wardrobe be in/come into/go out of fashion be (back/very much) in vogue create a style/trend for something organize/put on a fashion show show/unveil a designer's spring/summer collection sashay/strut down the catwalk/runway be on/do a photo/fashion shoot
  2. 2[singular] the different qualities that combine to form someone's character or being Jealousy is not part of his makeup. The final act exposes the fatal flaws in his makeup. a person's genetic makeup The report studies the psychological makeup of a serial killer.
  3. 3[singular] makeup (of something) the different things, people, etc. that combine to form something; the way in which they combine the makeup of a TV audience (technology) the page makeup of a text (= the way in which the words and pictures are arranged on a page)
  4. 4[countable] a special exam taken by students who missed or failed an earlier one