English Beauty Vocabulary

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Makeover

This is a complete change and improvement of a person’s appearance. A person who gets a makeover will get new clothes, new make up and a new hair style.

“After her makeover nobody recognized her.”

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Facial

This is a treatment to the face that involves cleaning, massaging and rubbing on special cleansing creams.

“My wife gets a facial every three weeks.”

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Hair Care Products

These are any products bought to clean or style a person’s hair. Shampoo and hair gel are examples of hair care products.

“When Emily goes on a trip she packs way too much. She brings an entire bag just for her hair care products.”

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Pedicure

This is a treatment for the foot and toe nails that involves massaging and cleaning. People go to special stores or salons to get this done.

“Before the big dance Sally got a pedicure. She was planning to wear open toed shoes and she wanted her feet to look good.”

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Manicure

A manicure is the same treatment as a pedicure, but for the hands.

“She gets a manicure once in a while.”

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Face mask
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This is a product made of cleansing materials that you rub on your face. It is usually left on for a certain amount of time and then peeled off after it hardens.

“His mother had a face mask on and it scared him.”

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Botox
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This is a substance that is injected by a doctor into a patient’s skin to make wrinkles go away. People usually get Botox in their face where the wrinkles are most noticeable.

“Once you are 50 you are going to have wrinkles in your face. The only thing you can do is get Botox.”

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Perm
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This is a treatment done to hair to give it curls or waves. To achieve this look heat and chemicals are used.

“Her hair is so straight that she has to get a perm every month.”

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To tease your hair
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This is the act of combing your hair from the ends to the scalp. The normal way to comb hair is from the scalp down. People tease their hair to get make it fuller and give it more body.

“My hair is really frizzy. If I tease it the hair sticks up in the air!”

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To get highlights
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Highlighting your hair means that you use chemicals to change the color or lighten up your hair. People highlight their hair to get rid of grey hair and also to make it blonder.

“His mother got highlights to hide the grey.”

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To wax
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Waxing a body part is the process of using a chemical to remove the unwanted hair. Women will wax their legs or their armpits.

“Mary waxed her legs before the dance so she would look good with her low cut dress.”

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Bikini wax
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This is the same process as getting your legs waxed, but it is done in the area of your bikini bottom. Women will do this to this before going out in public with a bathing suit.

“If you are going to wear that bathing suit you definitely will need a bikini wax.”

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Wonder bra
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This is a bra that is designed to push the breasts up to make them look bigger.

“His girlfriend wears a wonder bra to get attention. It makes him mad.”

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Active ingredients

These are the ingredients that cause the desired effect of the product. They can be man made or natural substances. Most products contain several different ingredients. The “active ingredients” are the reason a consumer would buy the product.

“What are the active ingredients in that cough medicine?”

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Age spots

These are spots or marks on the skin caused by exposure to the sun. They usually appear when a person is older so they are called “age” spots.

“Hillary used to go out in the sun all the time. Now that she is older she has a lot of age spots.”

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Allergen

This is an ingredient or a substance that could cause an allergy. Most products list the allergens contained in their product on the packaging.

“You’ll have to check to see what allergens are in that medicine. He is allergic to almost everything.”



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