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"Embellecerse" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "to make oneself beautiful", and "maquillarse" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "to make oneself up". Learn more about the difference between "embellecerse" and "maquillarse" below.
embellecerse(
ehm
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beh
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yeh
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sehr
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seh
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to make oneself pretty)
a. to make oneself beautiful
Yo jamás me haría cirugía estética para embellecerme.I would never resort to plastic surgery to make myself beautiful.
b. to beautify oneself
En la novela, hay un joven que se riza el cabello para embellecerse.In the novel, there is a young man who curls his hair to beautify himself.
embellecer
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to make more beautiful)
a. to embellish
A mi abuela le gusta embellecer sus historias con detalles vívidos.My grandmother likes to embellish her stories with vivid details.
b. to beautify
Las fuentes y los jardines embellecen la ciudad.The fountains and the gardens beautify the city.
c. to make more attractive
Mi mamá dice que la barba embellece a los hombres.My mother says that beards make men more attractive.
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maquillarse(
mah
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kee
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yahr
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seh
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to apply cosmetics)
a. to make oneself up
Los amigos se maquillaron en tonos verdes para la fiesta del Día de San Patricio.The friends made themselves up for the St. Patrick's Day party using shades of green.
b. to put on makeup
¿Te vas a maquillar para salir a correr?Are you going to put makeup on to go running?
c. to make up
¿Me enseñas a maquillarme la cara?Will you teach me how to make my face up?
maquillar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to apply cosmetics)
a. to make up
¿Quién te va a maquillar el día de tu boda civil?Who is going to make you up on the day of your civil ceremony?
b. to do someone's makeup
¿Quién te maquilló? ¡Estás preciosa!Who did your makeup? You look beautiful!
c. to put makeup on
A ver que te maquillo un poco.Let me put some makeup on you.
3. (to manipulate)
a. to massage
La empresa maquilló las cifras para su propio beneficio.The company massaged the figures for its own benefit.
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