So after watching a few of Tanya Hennessy’s hilarious videos in which she exposes the beauty industry as something that only a select few know anything about, while the rest of us bumble around with a bit of concealer and lippy and whatever else we’ve been intimidated into buying and hope for the best, I thought: there is a whole dictionary of beauty-related words that I have no idea of. What is baking? What is ombré? So here are a few answers to some questions you may not even know you wanted to ask:



The most mysterious to me is the idea of ‘baking’, which means dusting translucent powder over your made-up face, then waiting for ten minutes for the heat of your skin to melt all the make-up just a little, before dusting off the excess powder. Apparently this allows for a ‘flawless finish’.



It was huge last year and I think there was even an advertisement in which Carrie Bickmore wondered what the Bs stood for. So what is it? It originated in Germany in the 1960s as a make-up that was also a soothing and protective cream for patients who had just had surgery. Very popular in Korea, the idea is that it provides a sunblock, anti-ageing properties and foundation. It might stand for beauty balm, blemish base or blemish balm (thanks, Wikipedia ;))



This is the technique of dying hair so that it gradually fades from dark to light. It’s also become popular in home decorating.


Root stamping:

I’m not making this up. I found this term on a website. It means to hold the mascara wand at the base of the eyelid to get a darker effect at the “root” of the eyelashes.



This is one for the young’uns. It means perfectly formed eyebrows. A relatively young word, it was coined in 2014 and now used quite a bit by those who know.



A spoolie looks like a mascara brush but it’s sold separately to mascara, and it’s used to comb eyebrows and lashes after make-up has been applied.


So go forth and impress your friends/beautician/daughters with your knowledge! And stay gorgeous.


I found this website to be a great resource for a lot of these terms: