One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘Given the extreme, even theatrical way in which maquillage was wielded at the French court, there could be no question of its being intended to appear natural.’
- ‘One shouldn't judge a book by its cover, nor a fashion designer by her coiffure or maquillage.’
- ‘The two shimmer with glitter in torn stockings and outrageous maquillage.’
- ‘By now, you should have perfected the art of daytime maquillage - you should have got the message that it is about concealment, camouflage and nature.’
- ‘Her eyes gaze placidly out from skilled maquillage, her expression indecipherable.’
French, from maquiller ‘to make up’, from Old French masquiller ‘to stain’.
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