20 Beauty / Makeup Terms you need to know

Hello my Apples,

It’s a new week and welcome to another beauty blog post. On today’s post, i’ll be talking about some beauty slangs that are very important and common.

So i was trying to get posts inspiration on YouTube, then i saw some beauty terms. Some i am familiar with while some I’m not. I went online to see some term and ALLURE came through with some common and important terms.

These compilation was made by Deanna Pai for Allure


“Your strobing is especially lit and giving me life right now.”


A technique used to enhance or create the illusion of shape through the use of dark (bronzer, foundation) and light (highlighter) makeup. For example, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead or a slimmer nose and chin.


A technique of layering translucent powder over your foundation and concealer for several minutes, which allows the heat from your skin to set’ it, and then dusting off excess.


When makeup looks so good that it gives your life new meaning and helps you get out of bed in the morning.


Using highlighter.

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Makeup application so good that it looks perfect from every angle.


An unceremonious dumping out of your bag of new beauty products followed by a show-and-tell.


Wearing a single shade of eye shadow from your eyes all the way up to your brows. Very popular in the ’80s


The art of using self-tanner to contour by applying it wherever you’d typically apply bronzer. It’s longer-lasting and looks natural.


When you scrape the bottom of a makeup palette or compact and grieve accordingly before getting your credit card out.


A beauty vlogger’s secret weapon, these resemble magnifying mirrors—but with lights around the rim and nothing in the center. They cast a flattering glow of light that essentially FaceTunes your skin in real time.


To remove pans of makeup—think eye shadow and blush—from their compacts with the intent of replacing them or corraling them in a single magnetic palette. It’s like Marie Kondo’s KonMari method for people who don’t actually want to throw anything out.


An acronym for Holy Grail that denotes your “holy grail” beauty product, i.e., something so essential to your makeup routine and/or life that you’d rather get run over than see it discontinued.


A technique in which the crease above your eyelid is “cut” sharply with a contrasting shadow in order to add depth to the look and enhance the eye shape.


The beauty phenomena of applying different facial masks to certain areas of the face (based on specific concerns) versus using one all over. For example, using a deep pore-cleansing mask on the T-zone, a moisturizing mask on your chin and an oil-absorbing mask on your forehead — all at once!


A French-termed hairstyle featuring darker hues at the roots and gradual lightening toward the ends. Your brown roots can fade into a light blond at the tips.

Also lips whem two colors are used. The other is added at the middle of your lip.


The act of using lip liner to draw the outline of one’s lips slightly outside the natural lip border in order to easily create the appearance of a fuller pout.


Tightlining your eyes (also known as “invisible eye liner”) is a great way to add subtle definition to your peepers. Most people think that the point of tightlining is to make your eyes look bigger, but according to Los Angeles-based makeup artist, Jason Sanchez “it’s to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller.


Applying liquid foundation to your face in a dotting motion. This technique disguises discoloration, bumps and scars, and leaves skin looking airbrushed.


Dig out all of your illuminating products because strobing focuses on highlighting areas where light would naturally hit your face — like your cheekbones, brown bone, down your nose and the center of your forehead.

It’s like highlighting’s more intense cousin. Products used for strobing are typically brighter and lean more towards white colors.


The lower part of your inner eyelid that is “wet” and leads to the tear duct. To add definition to any makeup look, this area is commonly lined with dark eyeliner. To make eyes appear bigger and more awake, use a white or flesh-toned eyeliner on your waterline! Just be gentle when applying product to your waterline, and always use a clean, hypoallergenic product.

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Author: labake

I’m a freelance blogger and a certified cosmetologist based in Lagos, Nigeria. My goal is to create an amazing blog to motivate and inspire anyone that loves to write, blog and also review and give an honest opinion on product and services.

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