When a student misses or fails an exam, he or she often has to take a “makeup test.” It does not involve cosmetics, but there are several puns, such as this one from 2002:
“The other day I saw school students applying cosmetics. They were taking a makeup test. ”
(Oxford English Dictionary)
make-up, n. and adj.
N. Amer. colloq. A second examination for a student who has missed or failed the first one. Cf. resit n.
1934 in Webster’s New Internat. Dict. Eng. Lang. (at cited word), Make-up,..Educ. A special examination in which a student may make up for absence or failure at a regular examination. Colloq.
1942 L. V. Berrey & M. Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Slang §835/1 Make-up (exam), a second examination to take the place of one omitted or in which a student has failed.
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“Puns of the Weak” 07/02/02
The other day I saw school students applying cosmetics. They were taking a makeup test. (Douglas Helsel)
September 2006, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 61, col. 3:
Teacher: Why are you wearing so much makeup today?
Jade: I thought you said we were having a makeup test!
Brandon Rampersad, Terrytown, La.
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Some of the beauty school students were absent for the cosmetics exam, so they had to take a make-up test.
When I was little I thought a make up test involve cosmetics.
11:41 AM - 21 Jun 2011
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She brought her cosmetics box for a make - up test..... *smh
11:51 AM - 21 Feb 2012
My wife once failed a cosmetics exam. She passed the make up test.
8:14 PM - 20 Sep 2012
Taking All ur cosmetics to school for ur makeup test.
5:25 PM - 25 Nov 2012
“Oh a make up test imma fail I don’t know anything about cosmetics” LMAOOOO
5:14 PM - 8 Jan 2015
I knew a girl who went to beauty college and flunked cosmetics.....
They let her take a makeup test!
10:45 AM - 15 Dec 2015