A friend asked if make up is one word, two words or hyphenated.

My answer: It depends.

Make up is a verb phrase–two words and no hyphen. A verb phrase (used to denote action) is never hyphenated.


Makeup (or the hyphenated make-up) is a noun or an adjective.

Examples as noun:

Examples as adjective:

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3 thoughts on “Makeup, make-up, make up

  1. Hi Janet,

    Thanks for the post. I am still subscribed- great help for me.

    Just like to ask when should I use the word feasibility and viability.

    Best regards. Ronnie

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