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face powder

a cosmetic powder used to give a mat finish to the face.
Origin of face powder
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The purchase of the face powder might have been quite innocent and bona fide.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • And wasn't it funny about us being allergic to women's face powder?

    Homesick Lyn Venable
  • We were allergic to women from their nylon hose to their face powder.

    Homesick Lyn Venable
  • The sand is fine as face powder, nuance Rachel, packed hard.

  • The formula for face powder which I am about to give is not only perfectly harmless, but of exceptional medicinal qualities.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • She invented a face powder and hair restorative, and waxed rich.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • This woman's face powder was treated with naphthionate of sodium.

  • A film of face powder, skilfully applied, is as satisfying to them as an epidermis of damask.

    In Defense of Women H. L. Mencken
  • Even if Carlson had brushed the face powder off, the naphthionate would still have been there.

  • Already telephones and invitations to dinner and tailor's fittings and face powder belonged to the forgotten past.

    Through Glacier Park Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for face powder

face powder

a flesh-tinted cosmetic powder worn to make the face look less shiny, softer, etc
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