May 4th, 2019 by Melanie3101

It may surprise you to know that one of the most commonly misspelled words I come across when editing is ‘makeup’. Makeup is not a word.

Make-up is a mass noun with several meanings:

  1. Cosmetics such as lipstick or powder applied to the face, used to enhance or alter the appearance.
    ‘she came downstairs, her face still white under her heavy make-up’
    with modifier ‘stage make-up’
    as modifier ‘chief make-up artist’
  2. The composition or constitution of something.
    ‘ozone damages the cellular make-up of plants and trees’
  3. Printing 
    The arrangement of text, illustrations, etc. on a printed page.‘page make-up’
  4. North American count noun A supplementary test or assignment given to a student who missed or failed the original one.
    ‘I would have flunked the course but she let me write a make-up’

Make up is a phrasal verb meaning to be reconciled after a quarrel.

Definitions courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries.

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