A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
1. (to apply cosmetics)
a. to put on makeup
¿Te vas a maquillar para salir a correr?Are you going to put makeup on to go running?
b. to do one's makeup
Ya casi estoy lista. Necesito solo diez minutos más para maquillarme.I'm almost ready. I only need ten more minutes to do my makeup.
c. to put on one's makeup
Necesito maquillarme antes de ir al trabajo.I need to put on my makeup before leaving for work.
d. 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.
e. to make up
¿Me enseñas a maquillarme la cara?Will you teach me how to make my face up?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (pintar)
a. to make up
2. (manipular)
a. to massage
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to make oneself up
se maquilla demasiadoshe wears o uses too much make-up
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transitive verb
1 (persona) to make up
2 [+cifras, cuentas] to massage (familiar)
pronominal verb
maquillarse to make o.s. up
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