1. Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
  2. A feature existing only on the surface.


  1. Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion.
    a cosmetic preparation
  2. External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearance of something.
    Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly cosmetic and a bit of paint covered it nicely.

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