What does Beat mean?

Putting on makeup

When someone says they’re getting ‘beat’, they’re talking about applying makeup. It’s a term that has been adopted by both men and women, but it’s more frequently used to describe the process of women applying makeup.

You’ll often spot ‘beat’ being used on social media platforms, especially with a hashtag (#) in front of it. This is usually accompanied by pictures of people getting their makeup done. It’s particularly popular among fashion influencers.

The slang term took off around 2015, when it started being used by fashion bloggers on Instagram. It can be used to describe any sort of makeup application, whether it’s good, bad, or requires a lot of product.

Most often, however, ‘beat’ is used to express awe at a particularly impressive makeup job. When makeup is so well done that it seems almost transformative, that’s when the term ‘beat’ is really apt. So next time you see someone with exceptional makeup, you know what to say: they’re totally ‘beat’!

Example for using ‘Beat’ in a conversation

OMG, I just saw your new profile picture! Your makeup looks amazing! 😍

Thanks, girl! I spent so much time getting it just right. I really wanted to beat my face for this pic. πŸ’„πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

Well, you definitely achieved it! Your makeup is flawless. You’re a makeup queen! πŸ‘‘

Aww, thank you! I’ve been practicing a lot, trying to perfect my beat. It’s so much fun experimenting with different looks. πŸ’…πŸ˜Š