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Definition of make-up noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    make-up

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪk ʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪk ʌp//
     
    Film-making equipment
     
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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 make-up to put on your make-up She never wears make-up. a make-up artist (= a person whose job is to put make-up on the faces of actors and models) CollocationsClothes and fashionClothes be wearing a new outfit/​bright colours/​fancy dress/​fur/​uniform 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 jewellery/(especially US English) 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/​helmet pull on/​pull off your coat/​gloves/​socks change into/​get changed into a pair of jeans/​your pyjamas/(especially US English) 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/​cosmetic surgery use/​wear/​apply/​put on make-up/​cosmeticsFashion follow/​keep up with (the) 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/​vogue for something organize/​put on a fashion show show/​unveil a designer’s spring/​summer collection sashay/​strut down the catwalk/(North American English also) runway be on/​do a photo/​fashion shoot Wordfinderblusher, cleanser, eyeliner, eyeshadow, foundation, lipstick, make-up, mascara, moisturizer, nail polish See related entries: Film-making equipment
  2. 2[singular] the different qualities that combine to form somebody’s character or being Jealousy is not part of his make-up. The final act exposes the fatal flaws in his make-up. a person’s genetic make-up The report studies the psychological make-up of a serial killer.
  3. 3[singular] make-up (of something) the different things, people, etc. that combine to form something; the way in which they combine the make-up of a TV audience (specialist) the page make-up of a text (= the way in which the words and pictures are arranged on a page)
  4. 4[countable] (North American English) a special exam taken by students who missed or failed an earlier one
  5. Extra examples He was given an Oscar for his make-up work on the film. I never wear make-up. She was checking her make-up in the mirror. You don’t wear full make-up to go swimming. a tearful girl with make-up running down her face the make-up effects for the film the unique make-up of each person Ireland did show up a number of flaws in the England team’s make-up. The final act reveals the flaws in his make-up. the genetic make-up of plants and animals