Beauty Dictionary: Beauty Acronyms

beauty acronyms

If you regularly read beauty blogs and forums, you surely have come across lots of acronyms and abbreviations, like BNIB or HE for example. But what do they mean? While some of them are pretty easy to understand at first glance, others are more complicated and you could be wrecking your brains for hours trying to figure out what they mean, esp if English is not your mother tongue.

So, I decided to put together a list of common acronyms used in the beauty community and hope that some of you will find it useful. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you’re wondering about what an abbreviation you saw means and don’t find it here, just let me know and I’ll add it to the list below:

AHA: alpha hydroxy acid
B&B: bath & body
BA: beauty advisor
BB: Bobbi Brown
BB CREAM: blemish balm cream
BC: beauty consultant
BHA: beta hydroxy acid
BIN: buy it now
BN: brand new
BNIB: brand new in box
BNNB: brand new no box
BNWB: brand new with box
BNWOB: brand new without box
BOGO/BOGOF: buy one get one free
CC: Cherry Culture
CCO: Cosmetics Company Outlet
CP: custom purchase
CS: Coastal Scents
DDD: dark darling diva
DC, DC’ED: discontinued
DR: DermaRolling
DS: drugstore
E/L: eyeliner
E/S: eyeshadow
EDP: eau de parfum
EDT: eau de toilette
EOTD: eye of the day
EOTN: eye of the night
FFF: foxy fair female
FOTD: face of the day
FOTN: face of the night
GC: gift certificate/gift card
GGG: golden glam girl
GWP: gift with purchase
HD: high-definition
HE: high-end
HG: holy grail
ISO: in search of
LE: limited edition
L/G: lipgloss
L/L: lipliner
LLL: light lovely lady
LNIB: like new in box
L/S: lipstick
MAC: Makeup Art Cosmetics
MLBB: my lips but better
MMM: medium marvelous mademoiselle
MMU: mineral makeup
MSF: Mineralize Skin Finish
MUA: makeup artist or Makeupalley.com
NIB: new in box
NOTD: nail of the day
OBO: or best offer
OCC: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
OTC: over the counter
PL: private label
PPP: pale porcelain princess
PRO: professional
RIS: received in swap
SA: sales associate/sales assistant
SIB: still in box
SPF: sun protection factor
SWAG: stuff we all get
TCA: TriCholoro Acetic peel
TDF: to die for
TFSI: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
UDPP: Urban Decay Primer Potion
URFP: Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder
YLBB: your lips but better
YLBW: your lips but worst

Do you know any other beauty acronyms or abbreviations? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to the list :)

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  1. Hi Jenna,

    PPP means Pale Porcelain Princess and MMM Medium Marvelous Mademoiselle. I’ll add them to the list, thanks :)

  2. For some reason I just don’t like reading these (and don’t quite get it) because instead of typing something all cap like GWP, it doesn’t really take that much longer typing the whole thing…and sometime it annoys me when I see “cuz” instead of because on people older than junior high age…

    It’s never the less a helpful list though.

  3. herroyalbleakness, I’m glad you enjoy it. And I didn’t know about those, thanks for sharing, I’ll add them to the list :)

  4. Citrine, I use abbreviations sometimes cos it’s quicker but some people take it a bit too far and it’s annoying. Some acronyms are hard to understand and it’s rude to assume everyone knows what you’re talking about imo, so typing the whole thing is better. That’s why I wrote the list and hope it can help some people.

    And I agree with you on the spelling thing, that annoys me big time. I have a thing for grammar and spelling and am always correcting everyone I know when they make a mistake. They hate me for it but I think that adults should be able to speak properly. Not to mention, that not writing properly is very disrespectable towards people whose mother tongue is not English as most of the time, they won’t understand.

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  6. Rebecca, lol. That’s mean but funny too :) It took me a whiel to figure out some of those too so I know how you feel ;)

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  8. Thanks so much! I’ve been trying to figure what CCO means for months now, I thought it had something to do with an outlet, but I wasn’t sure. I looked on Acronym Finder and also Makeup Alley’s list of abbreviations, neither were helpful. I’m so glad I found your blog today!

    • Sharon, you’re welcome. Some acronyms can be really hard to figure out. CCO puzzled me too at first. I’m glad you find this post helpful and hope you’ll come back often! :)

  9. K in a little while im going to bath and bodys works… I would like to get some Skin cream and some shower gel… What are good fragrances? Are their products moisturizing? Thxs! ;*

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