the art or profession of applying cosmetics.

1850–55; < Greek kosmētó(s) adorned, arranged (see cosmetic) + -logy, apparently modeled on French cosmétologie

cosmetological [koz-mi-tl-oj-i-kuhl] , adjective
cosmetologist, noun Unabridged
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cosmetologist (ˌkɒzmɪˈtɒlədʒɪst)
a person skilled or trained in the use of cosmetics and beauty treatments
[C20: a blend of cosmetics + -ologist]

cosmetology (ˌkɒzmɛˈtɒlədʒɪ)
the work of beauty therapists, including hairdressing, facials, manicures, etc

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Word Origin & History

1855, from Fr. cosmétologie, from source of cosmetic.

1926, originally Amer.Eng., from cosmetology + -ist. Won out over cosmetician.
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Example sentences
Then the gel is daubed on by a cosmetologist or makeup artist to darken and shape the lashes.
The application for cosmetologist exam consists of several parts.
There is no difference between a barber and a cosmetologist in terms of licensing requirements.
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