Schminke

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Etymology[edit]

An originally Central and Low German word, from late Middle High German smicke, smyncke (make-up), Middle Low German sminke. Further origin uncertain, but probably related with schmeichen, Middle Low German smēken (to spread, stroke).

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Schminke f (genitive Schminke, plural Schminken)

  1. make-up
    Ich gehe immer ohne Schminke zur Arbeit.
    I always go to work with no make-up on.

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  • Schminke and Make-up are principally synonymous, but the former is more likely to be used referring to the cosmetic substances, whereas Make-up is more likely to refer to the look that these substances create. Moreover, only Schminke is typically used in the context of carnival costumes and the like.

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