What do we mean by eyeshadow technique? If you have come across some makeup glossary or terminology and you are wondering what they mean, then you have come to the right place.
Make up is tricky isn’t it? Especially if you are a newbie in the beauty community who can’t quite understand the different terms and slangs other more experienced patrons use.
As someone who loves makeup, I'm always exploring new makeup application, products and techniques. But even I get overwhelmed by all the makeup lingo out there. What is contouring? What is BB cream? And what the heck is a beauty blender?
Don't worry, I'm here to help.
I have compiled a list of makeup terms and their definitions so that you can feel confident about your knowledge and the makeup and beauty industry It will also let you know the name of skin care products in the market.
Ablation: A medical procedure where tissue is removed by burning or freezing it
Acne: A skin condition that causes pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads
Adult acne: Acne that occurs in adults; typically associated with hormonal changes
Aerosol: A type of makeup that is sprayed from a can
Ampoule: A small, single-use vial of makeup product
Anti-aging: Products or treatments that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or other signs of ageing
Appliqué: A small piece of fabric or other material applied to a surface
Arched brow: A type of eyebrow shape that is slightly curved, like an arch
Baking: Baking is the process of apply foundation to your skin creating a flawless finish.
Base makeup: The foundation and concealer used to create a makeup base
Beauty blender: A makeup sponge used to apply foundation and concealer
Blackhead: A type of acne that appears as a small black dot on the skin; typically caused by clogged pores
Blush: A cosmetic used to add colour to the cheeks; comes in powder, cream, or gel form
Bronzer: A cosmetic used to add a sun-kissed look to the skin; comes in excess powder, cream, or gel form
Brown sugar scrub: A type of sugar scrub that uses brown sugar as an exfoliant
Brow Gel:An eyebrow gel helps to tame and shape brow hairs and holds them in place too. They make brows look fuller even in sparse areas.
CC cream: A type of makeup that is a cross between foundation and concealer; typically used to even out skin tone
Concealer: A cosmetic used to cover up blemishes, dark circles, or other imperfections
Contouring: A makeup technique used to create the illusion of dimensional by using light and dark makeup shades. Read more about how to contour your face.
Cotton swab: A small cotton-tipped stick used for applying or removing makeup
Crow's feet: Fine lines that radiate out from the corners of the eyes
Cupcake liner: A small paper or foil cup used to line a baking tin before baking cupcakes
Cut crease: A makeup technique used to create definition in the eye area by cutting a crease in the lid and applying a darker shadow in the crease
Cream Blush: Cream blushers are a type of blush that give a more translucent, natural-looking flush that awakens and flatters the users natural skin tone.
Dab: To lightly press something onto a surface
Detox mask: A type of face mask that helps draw out impurities from the skin; it removes dead skin cells too.
Dead Skin Cells: a result of the skin's natural repair and renewal process called epidermal turnover.
Disposable makeup wipes: Makeup wipes that are meant to be used once and then thrown away
Double cleanse: A method of cleansing the skin that involves using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser
Drawstring bag: A small bag that closes with a drawstring
Dressing Table Mirror: A dressing table mirror is a type of mirror that is typically attached to a dressing table. Some dressing table mirrors also come with additional features such as built-in lights, magnification, or storage compartments for makeup and accessories. They are commonly found in bedrooms, dressing rooms, and makeup studios and are called Hollywood dressing table mirrors.
Dupe: A cheaper alternative to a more expensive product
Eyebrow pencil: A type of makeup pencil used to fill in eyebrows
Eyebrow pomade: A type of makeup used to fill in and shape eyebrows
Eyebrow powder: A type of makeup used to fill in eyebrows.
Eyebrow stencil: A template used to help achieve the perfect eyebrow shape
Eyelash curler: A tool used to curl eyelashes
Eyeliner: A cosmetic used to line the eyes; comes in pencil, gel, or liquid form
Eye Shadow: A cosmetic used to add colour or definition to the eye area; comes in powder, cream, or liquid form
Eye Shadow Technique:Eye shadow techniques are the different prescribed ways you could follow to apply an eye shadow.
Face mask: A type of makeup that is applied to the face and left to sit for a period of time before being removed
Face mist: A product that can be sprayed on the face to refresh makeup or skin
Face primer: A type of makeup that is applied before foundation to help makeup last longer. Learn more about primers here.
Face powder:A coloured cosmetic powder used for minimising shine or covering blemishes on the face. It is used mainly for setting makeup or mattifying oily skin.
Falsies: Fake eyelashes; typically used for special occasions
Fine lines: Lines that appear on the face as we age; usually around the eyes, mouth, or forehead
Finish: The final step in applying makeup; typically used to set makeup with powder or spray
Flat brush: A type of make up brush with dense, flat bristles; typically used for applying foundation or concealer
Foam brush: A type of make up brush with soft, foam bristles; typically used for applying liquid makeup products
Foundation: A cosmetic used to even out skin tone and create a smooth canvas for the rest of makeup.
Full coverage: A term used to describe makeup that provides complete coverage
Gel liner: A type of eyeliner that comes in a gel form
Glow up: The process of improving one's appearance, typically through makeup, fashion, and skincare routine changes
Highlighter: A cosmetic used to add shimmer or glow to the face; comes in powder, cream, or liquid form
Holographic: A type of makeup that has a shimmery, iridescent finish
Hydrating: A term used to describe products that help add moisture to the skin
Jade roller: A tool that can be used to massage the face and promote lymphatic drainage
Kabuki brush: A type of makeup brush with dense, short bristles; typically used for applying powder makeup products
Lash lift: A beauty treatment that involves curling and lifting the eyelashes; typically lasts 6-8 weeks
Lip balm: A type of makeup or skincare product that is applied to the lips to hydrate and protect them from the elements
Lip gloss: A type of makeup that is applied to the lips for shine and/or colour
Lip liner: Natural lip line is a type of makeup that is used to outline the lips; typically used before applying lipstick
Lipstick: A type of makeup that is applied to the lips for colour and/or hydration
Liquid lipstick: A liquid lip makeup formula that brings colour and sheen to the lips.
Liquid liner: A type of eyeliner that comes in a liquid form
Loose Powder:A finely milled powder formula designed for setting the makeup and blur on your skin. It holds together foundation, concealer, and other face makeup.
Liquid Product:any type of makeup lipstick, foundation, or powder that comes in liquid form.
Makeup Sponges:A beauty blender for correcting or applying products like foundation, concealer, powder, primer, cream blush, and cream contour, or light makeup and setting your face.
Makeup Mirror: A makeup mirror is usually a two-sided mirror that sits on a stand and is hinged on each side, so the user can use either side with ease.
Matte Finish: A term used to describe makeup with a non-shiny finish
Mascara Wand:A mascara wand is typically used to define, brush, or add volume and length to lashes to make them appear fuller.
Micellar water: A type of makeup remover that helps remove makeup without harsh rubbing or scrubbing
Mineral makeup: A type of makeup that is made from natural minerals; typically considered to be more gentle on the skin than traditional make up products
Moisturiser: A type of skincare product that is applied to the skin to hydrate and protect it
Natural eyelashes:faux eyelashes that are produced with materials that make them look closely similar to human lashes.
Natural makeup: A type of makeup that uses minimal make up products to create a more 'natural' look
Oil-based cleanser: A type of cleanser that contains oil; typically used to remove makeup or sunscreen
Ombre: A type of makeup or hair colour that is darker at the roots and gradually gets lighter towards the ends
Paddle brush: A type of makeup brush with dense, flat bristles; typically used for applying foundation or concealer
Parabens:A type of preservative that is commonly used in makeup and skincare products
Peel-off mask: A type of face mask that dries on the face and can be peeled off in one piece
Pigment: A substance that gives makeup its colour
Pinched cheeks: A type of makeup look where the cheeks are slightly 'pinched' to create a flushed effect
Powder: A type of makeup that can be used to set makeup or add colour or definition to the face; comes in loose or pressed form
Powder Foundation: a pressed or loose powder formula containing pigments and minerals. It provides full, light, or medium coverage.
Pressed powder: A type of makeup that comes in a compact; typically used to set makeup or as a touch-up throughout the day
Primer: A type of makeup or skincare product that is applied before foundation or concealer to help makeup last longer
Probiotics: Microorganisms that are beneficial to the body, typically consumed in the form of yogurt or supplements
Puffiness: The appearance of swelling or bloating, often around the eyes
Redness: The appearance of redness on the skin, often due to irritation
Ring light: A type of lighting that is often used by makeup artists and bloggers; creates a bright, even light
Rouge: A type of makeup that is applied to the cheeks for colour
Sensitive skin: Skin that is easily irritated or inflamed
Setting powder: A type of translucent powder that is used to set makeup in place; comes in loose or pressed form
Setting spray: A type of make up product that is sprayed on the face after makeup has been applied; helps makeup last longer
Shea butter: A type of natural fat that is derived from the nut of the shea tree; often used in skincare and make up products for its moisturizing properties
Silicone: A type of synthetic polymer that is often used in skincare and make up products as a binding agent or to create a smooth texture
Smith's Rosebud Salve: A type of lip balm that has a cult following; often used as an all-purpose balm for lips, cuticles, etc.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): A type of surfactant that is commonly used in skincare and makeup products; can be drying and irritating to the skin
Sponge: A type of makeup applicator that is often used to apply foundation or concealer; can be made from different materials, such as latex or foam
Stippling brush: A type of makeup brush with dense, flat bristles; typically used for applying foundation or concealer and to blur harsh lines.
Sunscreen: A type of skincare product that is applied to the skin to protect it from the sun's harmful rays
Toner: A type of skincare product that is applied to the face after cleansing; helps remove any remaining makeup, dirt, or oil
Translucent powder: A type of makeup that is used to set makeup in place or to mattify the face; comes in loose or pressed form
Under-eye bags: The appearance of swelling or puffiness under the eyes
Vegan: A type of makeup that does not contain any animal-derived ingredients
Warm tones: A type of makeup look where warmer shades are used to create a more 'sunny' effect
Water-based cleanser: A type of cleanser that does not contain any oil; typically used to remove makeup or sunscreen
Wig block:a round-topped head-shaped block used for making, dressing, or holding a wig in place while work is done on it.
Winged eyeliner:a type of eye makeup applied on the upper eyelid, using liquid eyeliner, pencil or gel and curved out to create a pointy wing.
There you have it. A list of the top makeup terms every makeup artist should know even if you are not a professional makeup artist. Do you think we missed any terms?