She has a heavy makeup.

She has a light makeup.

What is the antonym for heavy makeup?

  • "Light makeup" sounds right to me. – LawrenceC Mar 26 '15 at 2:32
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    No article is used. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 26 '15 at 12:47

Exactly. I think 'light makeup' is okay there.

That's because when it comes to shading or contrast, we use 'light' to mean 'less' in terms of contrast or layers.

I know this because in some schools here, they define 'girls with light makeup' is allowed.

A suggestion: Generally, we use 'wear/put on/apply' with makeup. And, it is 'uncountable'. So, *"She wears/puts on heavy/light makeup.

  • +1 for dropping the article. One can also use the verb "apply": "The artist applied some grisly makeup to the actor playing the zombie." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 26 '15 at 12:50
  • @TRomano ah, I missed it. Edited, added! thnaks :) – Maulik V Mar 26 '15 at 12:53
  • Also, we ladies use "natural makeup" or "natural-looking makeup" to describe cosmetics that are (or look like they are!) lightly applied. For example "She wore natural makeup during the week, but on the weekends she liked to apply heavier makeup". – ColleenV Mar 26 '15 at 21:14
  • @ColleenV hey, nice point. And I din' know you are a lady! In many of my comments, I might have addressed you as a 'man'. Kindly excuse that. :) – Maulik V Mar 27 '15 at 5:04
  • No worries - life is too short to get offended by innocent mistakes. Just FYI, Colleen is an unambiguously feminine name when written, although sometimes when a person unfamiliar with it tries to pronounce it, the spoken version can be confused with Colin. – ColleenV Mar 27 '15 at 16:48

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