• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cosmetical Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion; as, a cosmetical preparation. "First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores,
      With head uncovered, the cosmetic powers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Teenage cosmetic surgeries nearly doubled in the USA between 1996 and 1998
    • cosmetical Same as cosmetic.
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  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”
  • Charles Revson
    Charles Revson
    “In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, fr. ko`smos order, ornament: cf. F. cosmétique,. See Cosmos


In literature:

But I applied his cosmetics and became daily worse.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
The joys of Parisian night life are as artificial as cosmetics.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Drug sellers dispensed cosmetics as well as medicines, and some of the itinerant dealers sold poison.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
It is not their fault if questioners care more about cosmetics and hair bleaches than about the fresh-air cure of headaches.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
But I weary of this subject of cosmetics, as every woman of sense will at last weary of the use of them.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
This was the golden period of cosmetics.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
He pinched a bit of the cosmetic between thumb and finger, and dressed his eyelashes with it.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
A French corset-maker appeared on the scene, and a famous vender of cosmetics.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Youth and health have flown and now no paint nor cosmetic can cloak their real character.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
They are vastly superior to the much-advertised cosmetics which flood the market.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous

In poetry:

I see a day, before we win this war,
When razors — and cosmetics — are no more;
When whiskered bishops will unite in joy
The paintless maiden and the bearded boy.
"Let's Face It" by A P Herbert

In news:

Makeup-free Mondays are not an option when cosmetics products as fabulous as Artistry's Light Up Lip Gloss are on the market.
Liposomes are microscopic molecules that have been used for years in cosmetic and drug delivery.
Cosmetic Procedure May Help Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes.
Long considered a purely cosmetic procedure, a new study suggests liposuction may also have significant health benefits.
Liposuction is probably the most common cosmetic surgery today, and the procedure is considered quite safe when performed on healthy patients according to certain guidelines.
Lower Middle Class Largest Consumer of Cosmetics in Brazil.
Mander to focus on enhancing technologies for homeland security, medical and cosmetic and consumer goods industries.
Cosmetics- Markup : 50 to 60 percent.
LANCÔME, the 77-year-old cosmetics brand, has had many starlets as spokeswomen, including Isabella Rossellini, Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman.
Napoleon Perdis was the makeup artist who put primers on the map - his tube of Auto Pilot has been a cult must-have since way before every cosmetics company had their own pre-foundation cream.
But using a cosmetic created for guys hasn't crossed our minds, until we discovered Manglaze.
Medi- spas are an increasingly popular option for cosmetic procedures.
Test tube-shaped package for cosmetics.
NEW YORK — Cosmetic drugmaker Allergan Inc said Friday its eyelash treatment Latisse received Food and Drug Administration approval.
Bite Beauty, sold at Sephora, aims to deliver cosmetics that make women look good and feel good.

In science:

We also show that if there is any knot admitting a generalized cosmetic crossing change of order q with |q | ≥ 6, then there must be such a knot which is hyperbolic.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Definition 1.1. A (generalized) crossing change on K and its corresponding crossing circle are called cosmetic if the crossing change yields a knot isotopic to K and is performed at a crossing of K which is not nugatory.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Hence, one can ask the following stronger question concerning cosmetic generalized crossing changes.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Problem 1.2 was answered for the unknot by Scharlemann and Thompson when they showed that the unknot admits no cosmetic crossing changes in using work of Gabai .
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots
Obstructions to cosmetic crossing changes in genus-one knots were found by the author with Friedl, Kalfagianni and Powell in using Seifert forms and the first homology of the 2-fold cyclic cover of S 3 over the knot.
Generalized crossing changes in satellite knots