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    19 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You're Obsessed With Makeup

    Don't mind me — I'm gonna get Naked and bake for a while.

    1. Naked

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    What everyone else thinks it means: Not wearing any clothes.

    What it really means: The palette you’re willing to spend your rent on.

    2. Crease

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A fold pressed into your pants by the dry cleaner.

    What it really means: Where you apply your darkest eyeshadow for a true "bitch, I'm fabulous" look.

    3. Waterline

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A pipe that carries water.

    What it really means: The fleshy pink area lining your eyelids, and the most dangerous place to put that $20 Smashbox liner you just spent your Sephora reward on.

    4. Highlighter

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A writing utensil used for marking important passages of text.

    What it really means: A magical sparkly elixir applied to the lips, nose, and cheekbones that makes you look like you...if you were half unicorn.

    5. Shade

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    What everyone else thinks it means: Blatant and also sometimes, somehow, simultaneously low-key rudeness to another person.

    What it really means: The almost imperceptibly slight difference between the 600 lipsticks in my drawer.

    6. Baking

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The process of making cookies, cakes, and pastries.

    What it really means: The process of letting makeup settle on one's face for an extended period of time, making fine lines into skin that would make a baby's ass jealous.

    7. Strobe

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A blinky light that makes EDM fans happy.

    What it really means: The process of highlighting one's whole damn face that makes lazy former contourers happy.

    8. Thread

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The strings of fibers that hold your clothes together.

    What it really means: The strings of fibers that keep your brows apart.

    9. Roots

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The veiny system that anchors a tree or other plant into the ground.

    What it really means: The parts of your hair most disrespectful of the three months and $900 it took you to get that perfect cotton candy color.

    10. MAC

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A computer or other device manufactured by Apple.

    What it really means: The holiest of all makeup brands. Also sometimes referred to as "the gates of heaven."

    11. Red

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A warm, intense color often associated with fire engines and cherries.

    What it really means: Ruby Woo, Film Noir, Cardinal, Dangerous, and Diva (and those are just the ones I tried before leaving the house today).

    12. Blush

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The natural flush of pinkness that comes over a person's cheeks when they're embarrassed.

    What it really means: $30 less in my savings account.

    13. Bed

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The soft, cozy place you lay your perfectly coiffed head at night.

    What it really means: The layer of dermis most likely to get exposed in a door slamming incident when your manicure is most thoroughly lit.

    14. Kohls

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The department store where you go to spend your hard-earned Kohl's cash.

    What it really means: Creamy, heavily pigmented, luxurious liners that make you look like Cleo-fucking-patra.

    15. Swatch

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    What everyone else thinks it means: An affordable Swiss wristwatch brand.

    What it really means: The 374 very slightly varied shades of pink all over your hand right now.

    16. Diffuse

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    What everyone else thinks it means: To spread something out over a large area.

    What it really means: To use a tool that detangles and defines your curls, so that you don't feel the need to cut them all off, spreading them over a large area of the salon floor.

    17. Benefit

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    What everyone else thinks it means: A perk from your job in addition to your salary — e.g.,medical coverage or a 401(k).

    What it really means: Where you spend all that money you should be investing in your 401(k).

    18. Primer

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The sticky substance used to prepare walls before painting.

    What it really means: OK, so basically that, except by "walls" I mean "your face."

    19. Wings

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    What everyone else thinks it means: The most delicious item on the sampler platter (tied with potato skins and mozzarella sticks).

    What it really means: The line of makeup extending from the outer corner of your eye, two of which you will probably never get to match.

    (Sorry.)

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