How do you make yourself look beautiful? Do you wear makeup? Do you pluck your eyebrows? This English lesson is all about beauty, and the vocabulary we use to talk about makeup. I think you are beautiful just the way you are! However, around the world many people put a lot of effort into looking beautiful. Today, I teach you how to talk about the things we do to look pretty. Men, do you think this lesson isn’t for you? I have some beauty advice for you too!
Learn English Vocabulary: Beauty and Makeup video
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?
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