Languages › French Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone') 'Maquiller' and 'se maquiller' are regular '-er' verbs that take regular endings Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Team Updated on February 21, 2020 Maquiller, pronounced "mah kee ay," is a transitive verb that's conjugated like all regular -er verbs. It means literally "to make up someone" or "put makeup on someone," as in: être bien/mal/trop maquillé > to be nicely/badly/heavily made upQui vous a maquillé ? > Who did your make-up? Figuratively, it means "to forge a passport or some other text, fake test results, fiddle with or tamper with accounts," or "disguise or change the identity of a stolen vehicle," as in: maquiller un crime > to make a crime look like an accidentmaquiller un crime en suicide > to make a murder look like a suicide. As the reflexive pronominal French verb se maquiller, it means "to make up one's face" or "put on one's makeup, to wear makeup, to apply makeup to one's eyes" or "to put on one's eye makeup." For example: Tu te maquilles déjà à ton âge ? > Are you using / wearing makeup already at your age? Expressions and Usage Je vais me maquiller en vitesse. > I'll just quickly put on my makeup.être maquillé comme une voiture volée > to put on / wear too much makeupElle passe des heures à se maquiller. > She spends hours putting on her makeup / making herself up.Tu devrais te maquiller plus la prochaine fois. > You should wear more makeup next time.Miroir, crayon à maquiller, tout le nécessaire pour déguisement. > Mirror, makeup pencil, everything you need for a disguise.J'ai toujours été perplexé par le fait de se maquiller. > I've always been mystified by the fact of wearing makeup.Tu serais si belle... si tu savais comment te maquiller. > You'd be so beautiful if you knew how to do your makeup.C'est mal de se maquiller pour le boulot ? > What's wrong with wearing a little makeup to work?Elle n'allait pas se maquiller pour l'occasion. > She wasn't about to wear makeup for this occasion.Attendez au moins 5 minutes avant de maquiller la zone traitée ou d'y appliquer un écran solaire. > Wait at least five minutes before applying makeup or sunscreen to the treated areas. 'Maquiller' Is a Regular French '-er' Verb The majority of French verbs are regular -er verbs, as maquiller is. (There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -er, -ir, -re; stem-changing; and irregular verbs.) To conjugate a regular French -er verb, remove the -er ending from the infinitive to reveal the verb's stem. Then add the regular -er endings to the stem. Note that all regular -er verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. Below are all the simple conjugations of the verb maquiller. The compound conjugations, which include a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle maquillé, are not included. You can apply the same endings in the table to any of the regular French -er verbs listed below. SOME COMMON FRENCH REGULAR '-ER' VERBS French regular -er verbs, by far the largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern. Here are just a few of the most common regular -er verbs: aimer > to like, to love arriver > to arrive, to happen chanter > to sing chercher > to look for commencer* > to begin danse > to dance demander > to ask for dépenser > to spend (money) détester > to hate donner > to give écouter > to listen to étudier** > to study fermer > to close goûte > to taste jouer > to play laver > to wash manger* > to eat nager* > to swim parler > to talk, to speak passe > to pass, spend (time) penser > to think porter > to wear, to carry regarder > to watch, to look at rêver > to dream sembler > to seem skier** > to ski travailler > to work trouve > to find visiter > to visit (a place) voler > to fly, to steal *All regular -er verbs are conjugated according to the regular -er verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, known as spelling-change verbs. **Though conjugated just like regular -er verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -ier. Simple Conjugations of the Regular French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' Present Future Imperfect Present participle je maquille maquillerai maquillais maquillant tu maquilles maquilleras maquillais il maquille maquillera maquillait Passé composé nous maquillons maquillerons maquillions Auxiliary verb avoir vous maquillez maquillerez maquilliez Past participle maquillé ils maquillent maquilleront maquillaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je maquille maquillerais maquillai maquillasse tu maquilles maquillerais maquillas maquillasses il maquille maquillerait maquilla maquillât nous maquillions maquillerions maquillâmes maquillassions vous maquilliez maquilleriez maquillâtes maquillassiez ils maquillent maquilleraient maquillèrent maquillassent Imperative (tu) maquille (nous) maquillons (vous) maquillez Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Team, ThoughtCo. "Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone')." 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