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[ma-skar-uh; British ma-skahr-uh] /mæˈskær ə; British mæˈskɑr ə/

a substance used as a cosmetic to color the eyelashes and eyebrows.
verb (used with object)
to apply mascara to.
a cosmetic substance for darkening, colouring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod

cosmetic for coloring eyelashes, 1883, mascaro (modern form from 1922), from Spanish mascara “a stain, a mask,” from same source as Italian maschera “mask” (see mask (v.)).


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