Learn English Vocabulary: Beauty and Makeup

Updated : Sep 27, 2019 in Articles

Learn English Vocabulary: Beauty and Makeup


Hello. Do you do this every day in the mirror?
This is called “mascara”. Today, I’m going to teach you about beauty — beautiful vocabulary.
The first one that I said is “mascara”. We use this on our eyelashes. Now, it’s very
funny because when we do this, we always have to open our mouth. Guess what? We can do it
without opening our mouth, too. But maybe we are afraid that we’ll poke ourselves in the eye.
I’m not too sure, ladies. So if you’re interested in make-up or cosmetics,
this lesson’s for you. Let’s begin. Here, I have a list of verbs we use, and here are some nouns.
So let’s begin with the verbs. “Put on” or “apply”. These two verbs are the same.
We use these when we talk about make-up. So you can “put on” mascara. So you’re going
to take your mascara, and you’re going to “put it on” or “apply” it. Now, if you look
at my beautiful face here, the mascara will go on your eyelashes. You have to be very, very careful.
You have to say “eyelashes”, not “eyelash”. “Eyelash” is one. You, I guarantee,
do not put mascara on one eyelash. It would almost be impossible. You’d have to very carefully
— it’s not going to happen. So on our eyelashes, we put on or apply — they’re the same — mascara.
It makes our eyelashes longer and bigger, so you can wink more at people. Wink, wink. The next thing that maybe you wear if you’re a
lady — maybe if you’re a man you wear this, too. I don’t know. — is eye shadow. Now,
there are many, many, many different colors of eye shadow. This one happens to have blue,
green — some other colors. We also get with the eye shadow a little brush, so you can
brush on the eye shadow. You can use your finger. Doesn’t matter, really. I’m very sure
that professional make-up artists would have very special brushes that would cost a lot of money.
I am not a professional make-up artist, so I’m not too sure about the different
kinds of brushes that one would apply mascara — or eye shadow with. But I do know that it
adds color to your eyelids. So underneath your eyelashes are — the skin here, which
is your eyelids. You can paint them whatever color you’d like. Okay? It’s up to you.
Purple. You want purple? So we put on or apply mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner.
Now, eyeliner looks like a pencil, but it isn’t. This is not eyeliner. I just
don’t have any eyeliner. But it would look like a pencil. And all you’re going to do is
take it, and you’re going to actually line the outside of your eyes. Don’t put it in your eye.
It’s going to hurt again. So with the mascara for your eyelashes, the
eye shadow that will go on your eyelids or the skin above your eyes, and the eyeliner
will go around the top and bottom of your eyes. It just makes your eyes look bigger. Do
my eyes look bigger? That might work, too. Moving on from the eyes, we’re going to move
down under the eyes. Now, ladies, let’s say one night you are out partying, talking, or
drinking coffee a little bit too late. You wake up the next morning. You look in the
mirror, and it looks like you are very, very tired. Your eyes — maybe at the bottom here — are puffy.
We have an idiom or an expression for that. Very strange, but we call it “bags
under your eyes”. “Bags?” Now, it’s not a shopping bag. You’re not shopping at night.
You’re not doing Internet shopping. “Bags” just means it’s really full under your eyes.
So maybe when you wake up in the morning, you kind of have something that looks like this.
You think, “How am I going to get to work with bags under my eyes?” Well, we have
the magic of the make-up industry of something called “concealer”. Now, a “concealer” basically
will erase the bags under your eyes, and it will make your skin tone an even color. So if you
have freckles — I have freckles. “Freckles” are little dots on your face — and you don’t
like them, you can use concealer to cover or hide — conceal — your freckles. Or if you have a zit.
What’s a zit? A “zit” is when you get a red point or a dot on your face. We
call this — the slang word for it is “zit”. But in a more medical term — and you can
have many zits, don’t worry — is “acne”. So acne is a skin condition. A lot of teenagers
— so people that are aged 12 to maybe 18 — it’s really common to have acne or zits.
So the concealer will hide the zits on your face — hopefully. Okay? Now, we’re going into a very, kind of crazy,
little strange, I think, subject. Let’s do it. We’re talking about eyebrows. Funny story.
One time, a student said, “Teacher, Teacher. You do not have eyebrows.” I said, “I sure
do have eyebrows.” So I pulled one out, and I gave it to him. It’s very difficult to see
my eyebrows because they’re blonde. But most people have very dark or black eyebrows. And
sometimes, if you have very dark and black eyebrows, we need to make them look better.
So first of all, “eyebrows” are the hairs above your eyes. They’re
going to look like this. Some people have hair in the middle above
their nose that kind of makes it look like one eyebrow. We have a slang word for this.
It’s called a “unibrow”. Hee hee hee! So “uni” means one, so “unibrow”. So to help you reduce
your unibrow factor, we have some magic — some make-up beauty magic tips. I have here a box
of eyebrow wax. Oh, yes. So eyebrow wax is basically a very sticky substance. It’s actually
a wax like we would use for a candle. And you heat this, so you put it in the microwave
or — I don’t know. Maybe get a lighter. And you actually put the wax, hot, onto your eyebrows.
Then, you take a piece of cloth, and you stick it onto your eye. You’ve to wait a couple
seconds, and then you rip it off. [Screams] It hurts. It really, really hurts.
But it does a really good job. So what you can do is you can wax your eyebrows.
Now, “wax” is a verb, and it’s also a noun. So you can say, “I wax my eyebrows.” Another
thing that you can do is — uh-oh. These things — these are called “tweezers”. Tweezers. Tweezers.
“Tweezers” — we’re going to use the verb “pluck”. Please be very careful with your P.
“Pluck”, okay? So “pluck” means you actually take the hair, and you rip it out. And
then you take it, and you rip it out again. It hurts as well. Eyebrows are a very sensitive
part of your face, and it really hurts, I think, anything you try and do to them. But
the process of using tweezers and plucking your eyebrows or waxing your eyebrows — the
purpose of this is to actually get rid of your unibrow. Sometimes, people go a little too far. I hate
to say it, but I have seen some people who have their eyebrows completely removed, and
they get a tattoo. And the tattoo is a line. Personally, I think it looks unnatural. And
everyone looks angry all the time if you just have one line across your face. It’s your choice.
If you’d like to get a tattoo on your eyebrows, go for it. It’s probably painful. Speaking of pain, the last verb that I get to
teach you about your eyebrows is something called “thread”, okay? “Thread” is a verb.
We usually use it in the -ing form. I think it originated in the Middle East because one
time, when I was in the Indian neighborhood of Toronto, they had a sign that said, “Eyebrow
threading, $5.” “Five dollars? I like $5. Maybe I should get my eyebrows threaded. I don’t
know what that is.” My best friend — thank you — said go, go, go do it, Ronnie. You’ll love it.
It looks great. It looks awesome.” I was like, “Okay.” Five dollars, I lay down
in a chair; a lady took two pieces of thread. So “thread” is like thick string. And I don’t
know how she did it. But she took these two little pieces of string, and she ripped off
my eyebrows, and she ripped off the other part of my eyebrow. It was very, very, very painful.
Apparently, it’s one of the best techniques to get rid of the unibrow and to
shape your eyebrows. I think it will stick to the good old plucking. How about you? What do you do
to keep your face beautiful? Men: Do you have a nose? I think you do. Women,
we have a nose as well. However, men have a curious, curious thing called “hair”, “nose hair”.
And what happens as men get older, is their nose hair begins to grow out of their nose.
So maybe you’re looking at your father or your grandfather or your boyfriend or your husband.
You’re like, [screams] “Ah! You have a nose hair coming out of your nose.” Ladies,
grab your tweezers. Pluck those nose hairs. I promise it does not hurt. Yeah. Okay, gentlemen.
It does not hurt. It just — it doesn’t hurt. You’re men. You don’t even feel pain. So
grab the tweezers. Pluck out your nose hair. Make sure that your eyebrows are nice and neat.
Apply or put on some mascara, eye shadow, or eyeliner to your eyes, and hide those unsightly
bags with some concealer. Are you beautiful? I think you’re beautiful without make-up.
But this is a lesson for you. Goodbye.

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