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 n.— «Female inmates at the Charlotte Jail aren’t allowed to bring in or wear makeup, so they improvise. They use things such as: Skittles candy, Crystal Light and instant coffee to look pretty. They call it “fake-up.” “We get some hair grease stuff and put it on our lips. The ink pens that I have, we use as the eyeliner. This is coffee, the eye shadow,” as Mace pointed to the light shade of brown above her eye. “We use the glitter from cards, so thank goodness people send cards with glitter on them.”» —“Women behind bars: Skittles, Crystal Light as makeup” in Charlotte County Sun-Herald (Florida) June 10, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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