One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A black powder used in South Asia as a cosmetic, either around the eyes or as a mark on the forehead.
- ‘Hours are spent on styling hair, painting nails, applying way too much kajal around the eyes and lip gloss, making them look twice their age.’
- ‘We all look the same at the end of it anyway - the same colours, the same kind of kajal, you name it.’
- ‘Castor oil is also used in the preparation of cosmetics, especially kajal and lipsticks.’
- ‘There is nothing more beautiful to my eyes than a woman wearing a simple sari, with kajal in her eyes and a flower in her hair.’
- ‘An equally important source of lead exposure in our culture is the use of kajal and surma, both of which contain lead.’
From Hindi kājal.
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