Makeup is a commonly used term for cosmetics, but the word can also include prosthetic makeup. This is a process of sculpting and casting a prosthetic that looks like actual skin.
And whereas a makeover means to change one’s appearance, it can involve cosmetics but does not have to. A makeover does not only govern the skin, it covers the whole appearance including shoes, hair, clothes and what a person’s total look is.
Many people get confused over the two, especially if they are not native English speakers and, particularly, if they are male! The two terms may sound the same, but they are very different indeed, yet they also complement each other greatly and can go hand in hand together. Make up can play a major role in a makeover but is not essential. Basically, makeup refers to cosmetics, whilst a makeover is changing one’s appearance as a whole.
As we touched on before, makeup is basically slang for cosmetics. Cosmetics are products that are used to develop and enhance the appearance of a person. They can be natural but are more likely to consist of a mix of chemicals that may be derived from natural products.
According to the FDA (American Food and Drug Administration) who are the legislative body that governs such matters, cosmetics are described as, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.
Cosmetics is a word derived from Greek which means a technique of ornament or dress and can be applied to a skillful way of arranging and ordering. Cosmetics go back as far as Ancient Greece when the citizens used berries, fruits and animal dyes to change their appearance.
During its long history, makeup has had a rough time with the press, it has not always been widely accepted by religious and conservative bodies, citing it as false beautification and improper behavior. As we know, there are all types of makeup on the market, everything for hair, lips, eyes and nose. Today the most popular selling products are lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, nail polish, foundation, face powder and blush.
Makeover is to change one’s whole appearance not just the face and hair; often it is commonly associated with cosmetics, but it does not necessarily have to include them. A makeover changes how a person looks like normally in their entirety, this includes how they dress as well as their hair style and many related items.
Makeovers can also be permanent and extreme, such as bypass surgeries, abdominoplasty, liposuction, dental veneers, changing of eye-color using contact lenses. Like cosmetics, makeovers have also been in for their fair share of criticism, with some people claiming that to undertake a makeover can reduce the person’s feeling of worth.
The whole debate is pretty straight forward for most people to understand, makeup are the cosmetics that most women use daily mostly for the face and nails, whereas a makeover is to enhance and change the whole appearance of somebody.