Fashion and beauty experts discuss terminology

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It is one thing to understand slang or urban terminology.  The fashion and beauty world continues to develop thier own terminology. Those in fashion and beauty are typically creative people, it makes sense that new words are created to describe impressive demeanor, style, behavior and beauty. Through the power of music in pop culture, and drag world, these words are spread into the global language. Below are a few words used in modern times.

Beat  (Adj, Verb): Beat is just as it sounds. “In the makeup world beat is use consistently to describe an extreme makeover,” said Ann-Marie McCoy, makeup artist from Troy, Michigan. Makeup artists use their brushes and beauty sponges to pound a new look on to their clients’ faces. In the right angle it may look as if the artist is hurting the client.

“Wow her face is beat!”  “I’m going to beat her face to the gods!

Drip (Verb; see also sauce, juice, swag): Drip, dripping, to have drip.

To drip is to have amazing fashion sense. The hip-hop culture is to thank for popularizing this word. Used in many songs to describe jewelry, clothing, or the entire demeanor someone has when they step into a room. In previous years the word swag was used to describe this concept. To understand the evolution of the term is to understand the meaning. It is not to be confused with being drenched with water, but drenched in “swag.” To have so much swag that you have “juice” or “sauce,” so much that you’re dripping.

“My diamonds are dripping.” “I came through dripping.”   


Glow (verb): To glow is to shine literally in makeup.  As well as fugitively in life. “Glow can be used interchangeably with growing,” said Desaray Proseus, makeup artist from Lansing.

“Wow, her glow up is real.” 

Lit (Verb, Adj., see also popping ): “Can be used to hype something up or as a way to say someone’s highlighter  is prominent,” McCoy said. To be lit is a good thing. If something is lit it is the closest thing to perfect. Just as a light or candle is lit, it is noticeable and shines beautifully.

“My life is literally lit.” “Your outfit is lit.”


Nail-fie (Noun):

A very creative nail-fie, nails done by Susan Hoang

A nail-fie is just like a selfie. When you take a picture of yourself one of your hands is occupied holding the camera. A nail-fie is used in nail art world to describe a photo a client may send to her nail tech. A nail-fie is also when someone post a picture of their nails on social media. “In order for it to be a nail-fie it has to be a picture a person took of their own nails,” said Dejah Greason, Lansing nail tech.

“You always take the best nail-fies”

Popping (Verb; see glowing, lit) “To pop means to shine, to be noticeable,” Proseus said.

Slay (Verb; slaying) To slay is to literally wow everyone in your presence with just your appearance alone. To slay is to own whatever you are doing. Whether that be with your outfit, your life moves, your health choice and so on.  “We have Beyonce to thank for keeping this word alive,” Proseus said. “She is the definition of slaying”

“Beyonce slayed her Cochella performance.”

Snatched (Adj.) To be snatched physically is to be fit to shaped. “Snatched began as a term in the drag community,” said McCoy. ” It means to look flawless.” With makeup it means to have a really sculpture or contoured look. “A lot of my clients like to be snatch-ural, meaning not to beat but surely structured,” said Kate Weber, a Lansing makeup artist. A snatched look is similar to what is portrayed as perfection.

“Kim Kardashian’s waist is snatched.” “Look at your cheek bones, your contour is snatched.”

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