There are a lot of makeup packaging terms and tools out there, and even as beauty editors, it’s easy for us to get our konjacs mixed up with our Beauty Blenders every so often. (TBH, I didn’t even know what a konjac was until I wrote this article.) So, in order to properly sift through makeup packaging terminologies and tools, I chatted with a few L’Oréal chemists on their best definitions in glossary form. Ahead, find the 15 makeup terms relating to tools, packaging and all things applicator-esque.
Beauty Blender— Edgeless, non-disposable, high definition cosmetic sponge with now various shapes used to eliminate lines and streaks for flawless, uniform makeup application
Buffer— Cosmetic tool with rigid finer gritty surfaces used to give fingernails and toenails a high gloss shine, achieved through friction of sanding on nail surface
Bullet— Lip applicator or tube in the shape of a bullet
Crayon — Multi-use pigmented stick for precise cosmetic application
Doe Foot — Describes the type of spongy-tipped wand, shaped like a deer’s hoof, typically found in tubes of lip glosses and concealers
Dotting Tool (nails)— Tool used for nails with rounded end typically pointed (tiny dots) or spherical (larger dots) that makes round circles
Dupes– Short for duplicate, and refers to cheaper products that are comparable to a more expensive, often higher end products
Fan brush — A flat fan shaped brush that is ideal for softly applying bronzing powder, illuminator, or cream products
Kabuki— A type of makeup brush with soft, tightly-packed bristles that form a dense, dome-shaped head and typically has a short handle to provide control
Konjac sponge— Sponge made of the dried and ground root of the konjac (elephant yam) used for exfoliation
Ridge filler— Nail product that has slightly thicker viscosity used to even out nail beds that are ridged
Scrub (lip)— Exfoliating formula/product for removing surface/dead skin
Solid (perfume, brush cleanser)— Cream textured formulation, liquids that are in a solid state rather than the liquid mix of certain ingredients, can be used for perfumes or brush cleaners
Spoolie— Eyebrow shaping tool that looks like a mascara wand with a tapered head and bristles of short stiff hair
Stippling brush — A brush used to apply foundation, blush, bronzer, powder, and highlighters in a dot form that makes for a smooth, more diffused finish as opposed to rubbing or brushing with a stiff brush. Stippling brushes usually have two-toned bristles, a black base with pointed white bristles at the top.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.