Are you a make-up guru who’s tired of not being understood? A beauty junkie desperately trying to crack the business? Or someone who’s tired of not knowing what on earth people are talking about? Well, stress no more. These beauty terms will be the answer to all your beauty problems! Learn them or share them, but whatever you do, don’t be caught using them incorrectly…

Cut crease

Thankfully, no sharp tools are involved, despite what the name conveys! This is when you use a contrasting colour of eyeshadow in the crease of your eyelid to the colour on your bottom lid, essentially ‘cutting’ it and creating a much bolder look.

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Tight lining

Instead of applying eyeliner to your upper and/or lower lash line, as is the norm, you line underneath the lash line at the base of your lashes, opening up your eyes and allowing them to really pop. This is normally done with a more neutral shade, creating that ‘no make-up make-up’ look.


Nope, this doesn’t involve flashing lights and a rave. Sorry for the disappointment! It’s actually pretty much just a fancy way of saying highlighting (and no, not with your stationery, with actual make-up!).

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Getting Robified


You’d be forgiven for thinking you were rocking up to a house with some fresh home-made cakes or biscuits if your friend told you she was busy baking. But in the world of make-up, this refers to putting a translucent powder over your foundation for a few minutes, allowing the heat from your body to set (or bake) it, and then dusting off the excess. This sets your make-up, and gives you an overall glow.


We’re here to stop you before you grab your sombrero and head off for a Mexican feast when your bestie tells you she’s off for a sombre. We know – it’s an easy mistake to make. But this refers to a hair colouring technique. Remember when you heard ombre every five minutes? Well, this is a subtle ombre, or s-ombre (get it?!), where your hair very gradually gets lighter at the tips.

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When in doubt…foil

Face mapping

Put down the pens, people, no drawing on the face allowed! This is when a beauty therapist takes a close look at your skin under a microscope to determine your problem areas, if you have any. This will help them more accurately treat any issues you may have more effectively and recommend the best products for your skin.


An electrical device that removes hair from your body by grasping multiple hairs at the same time and pulling them out, or epilating them. This can be done at home, and some people opt to do this rather than wax (ouch!) or shave, for a smoother finish.


A tattoo-like technique that uses semi-permanent make-up to give you the appearance of having fuller brows, by ‘tattooing’ individual brow strokes onto your brow bone. The result? Having eyebrows that are constantly ‘on fleek’.


Comedogenic products are those that block the skin’s pores and tend to cause blackheads (comedones). That’s why it’s better to opt for non-comedogenic products if you have large pores or are prone to breakouts.

Chemical exfoliator

If you’re a bit of a beauty newbie, you’ve probably only used physical exfoliators (standard scrubs that use rough particles to buff your skin). Chemical exfoliators sound terrifying, but they are extremely effective at removing dead skin cells without damaging skin. Typically they contain acids that penetrate and remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin underneath.


Unfortunately, this term is almost meaningless when it comes to beauty products. After all, water is a natural substance and it is included in almost all of your beauty buys. Plus everything from petroleum to animal excretions are natural. So don’t be fooled by products that say they’re ‘natural’, rather buy products based on their active ingredients and how well they work for you!


Not to be confused with lightening, products that are brightening contain ingredients that temporarily even out skintone and give you a glow. Beauty products that claim to lighten skin usually have a permanent effect.

Dermatologically tested

This literally means that a dermatologist tested the product. These tests usually include tolerance tests to see if the products cause reactions. But remember, this doesn’t indicate whether the dermatologist approved of the product, recommended it or that the product didn’t cause reactions, just that a dermatologist tested it.

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