Wake up with some Chinese Make-up vocabulary!

Wake up... time to put on a little Mandarin makeup!

Make-up words in Chinese

  • 1. lip gloss 唇彩

    唇 lip + 彩 colorful eg. 彩虹 rainbow

  • 2. Foundation 粉底

    粉 flour,powder + 底 bottom, base, rough draft eg. 粉笔 chalk

  • 3. hand lotion 护手霜

    护 protect, shield + 手 hand + 霜 cream

  • 4. Mascara 睫毛膏

    睫 eyelash + 毛 hair + 膏 grease, fat, paste, ointment eg. 毛巾 towel

  • 5. lip gloss 唇彩

    唇 lip + 彩 colorful eg. 彩虹 rainbow

  • 6. Lipstick 口红

    口 mouth + 红 red

  • 7. Body Lotion 润肤露

    润 moist; smooth, benefit, moisten; lubricate, embellish; touch up + 肤 skin + 露 dew, reveal, expose, show, moisten

  • 8. blush 腮红

    腮 cheek + 红 red

  • 9. eyeliner 眼线笔

    眼 eye + 线 line + 笔 pen

  • 10. Eye Shadow 眼影

    眼 eye + 影 shadow, image, reflection, photograph eg. 电影 movie

  • 11. Concealer 遮瑕膏

    遮 to take away from view, impede, to keep something out + 瑕疵 flaw, blemish, defect, imperfection + 膏 grease, fat, paste, ointment eg. 我用雨伞遮阳。 I use my umbrella to keep the sun away.

  • 12. Nail Polish 指甲油

    指甲 nail, toenail, finger nail + 油 oil eg. 油画 oil painting

Kristen Carusos is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in China for the first time in Shanghai in 2010 and again in 2011 at Beijing Language and Culture University. She graduated and moved to Beijing in 2012 and has been studying Chinese since then. She works in the Marketing Department at the Sinology Institute.