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16th Sep '16 7:07:07 AM fearlessnikki
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* Portia Doubleday in Kimberly Peirce's [[{{Film/Carrie2013}} 2013 remake]] of the above does a different take on this trope to play Chris. In contrast to previous films showing the AlphaBitch as one of TheBeautifulElite, this version is done up to look like an [[ButNotTooWhite over-tanned]], [[UncannyValleyMakeUp made-up]] [[Series/JerseyShore Snooki wannabe]] with ratty hair extensions and trashy clothes. This adds a layer of subtext that Chris could be jealous of Carrie's more natural beauty.




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* Creator/BlakeLively, a very glamorous blonde, in ''Film/TheTown''. She plays a trashy alcoholic who layers the make-up on and looks constantly spaced out. Critics were shocked.
* Creator/KeiraKnightley as a skinny, sleep-deprived, chain-smoking alcoholic in ''Film/TheJacket''.
* Downplayed with Lizzie Caplan in ''Film/MeanGirls''. Producers were reluctant to cast her as 'art freak' Janis because of her beauty, but [[AbilityOverAppearance she gave the best audition]]. So instead of trying to dress her down, they gave her odd fashion choices, goth make-up and MessyHair. She even wears a tuxedo to the prom, subverting SheCleansUpNicely. There are fandom rumours that Janis herself is a former AlphaBitch, and Caplan's beauty is likely a contributing factor.
* Creator/ChristianBale does this a lot:
** He starved himself down to a dangerously skinny weight as an anorexic insomniac for ''Film/TheMachinist''.
** As an overweight balding conman with a bad fashion sense in ''Film/AmericanHustle''. He gained the weight and shaved the hair himself to affect an authentic combover.
* Creator/MelissaMcCarthy is very pretty when seen in interviews. For a lot of her roles, she's given make-up and hairstyles to make herself seem frumpier and less attractive.
* Kate [=McKinnon=] is likewise a very beautiful lady. In ''{{Film/Ghostbusters2016}}'' she's dressed down with MessyHair, constantly seen in overalls and portrayed as something of an oddball.



* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.

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* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer.''Series/GhostWhisperer''. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.




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* For her recurring role as Estelle in ''{{Series/Friends}}'' June Gable wore an unflattering wig, too much jewellery and UncannyValleyMakeUp. She also affected a voice to suggest the agent had been a chain-smoker for years.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Season 5 featured Jennifer Morrison in her Dark One make-up to subvert EvilIsSexy. Even after then, the stress and exhaustion Emma is going through in her TraumaCongaLine is conveyed with make-up to have her look continually weary and tired.
* Larissa does this on an episode of the reality show ''Average Joe'', under a lot of ageing prosthetics to appear like an overweight old woman. She passed herself off as her visiting mother and fooled all the other contestants.

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* When Wrestling/MollyHolly underwent a FaceHeelTurn from a sweet CountryMouse to a SourPrudes, she darkened her hair from blonde to brown and cut it short. She also wore more conservative ring attire to make herself look less attractive.
2nd Sep '16 4:09:31 PM fearlessnikki
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* One of the earliest examples of the trope came from Kathleen Byron in ''Film/BlackNarcissus''. Her character Sister Ruth begins the film as a devout nun, but slowly suffers SanitySlippage and eventually turns into a {{Yandere}}. In the last act of the film, make-up is used to put her in the UncannyValley - giving the impression she's wearing a corpselike mask.



** MariahCarey doesn't look too good in her role as the titular character's mother in ''Film/TheButler'', either.

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** * MariahCarey doesn't look too good in her role as the titular character's mother in ''Film/TheButler'', either.




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* ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' featured Bette Davis, one of Hollywood's glamorous leading ladies, as a WhiteDwarfStarlet. She threw herself right into the role, deciding that Jane Hudson would never wash her face and only put a new layer of make-up on every day. She patterned the look off numerous homeless ladies seen on Hollywood boulevard. When Bette's daughter saw her in the make-up for the first time, she remarked "mother, this time you've gone too far." Elsewhere averted with her co-star Joan Crawford, who struggled to look unattractive. She wanted to have full hair and make-up, despite playing a wheelchair bound woman who hadn't left her room in years. This did however give the impression that Blanche had aged better than Jane, giving her sister another reason to resent her.
23rd May '16 7:48:24 PM Anddrix
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* Creator/HeathLedger as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.

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* Creator/HeathLedger as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
2nd May '16 5:53:28 AM gunarao
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* In ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the murderous, balding grey-haired and perpetually scowling Count Olaf will be played by [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris]].
25th Mar '16 3:15:13 PM 8BrickMario
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* Creator/MerylStreep as the Witch in ''Film/IntoTheWoods''. Like Thompson above, she said it took more makeup to make her look beautiful later in the film than to make her look ugly for the majority of her screentime.
12th Mar '16 11:14:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Angela Bettis as the title character in the [[MadeForTVMovie TV remake]] of ''Film/{{Carrie 2002}}''. Drab clothes, messy hair and something about not washing her face or anything definitely hid any beauty that she had, making it that much more special when [[SheCleansUpNicely she went to the prom]].



* Angela Bettis as the title character in the [[MadeForTVMovie TV remake]] of ''{{Carrie}}''. Drab clothes, messy hair and something about not washing her face or anything definitely hid any beauty that she had, making it that much more special when [[SheCleansUpNicely she went to the prom]].
12th Mar '16 11:13:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ana Maria Orozco, the original Betty in ''YoSoyBettyLaFea'', especially when compared with her [[UglyBetty Anglo counterpart]] who was HollywoodHomely at worst. The Colombian producers went the whole nine yards on transforming Orozco: no makeup, bad haircut, the ugliest glasses possible, orthodontics... they even hired an expert to choose specifically the most unflattering colors and styles to dress her, then the writers incorporated that knowledge on the script to justify and explain her eventual makeover and her business plan.

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* Ana Maria Orozco, the original Betty in ''YoSoyBettyLaFea'', ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', especially when compared with her [[UglyBetty Anglo counterpart]] who was HollywoodHomely at worst. The Colombian producers went the whole nine yards on transforming Orozco: no makeup, bad haircut, the ugliest glasses possible, orthodontics... they even hired an expert to choose specifically the most unflattering colors and styles to dress her, then the writers incorporated that knowledge on the script to justify and explain her eventual makeover and her business plan.



* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer. There's also his appearance on {{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.

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* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer. There's also his appearance on {{House}}, Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.
2nd Feb '16 11:01:29 AM Katsuhagi
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** Similarly, he wore extensive prosthetics and makeup (including a cap to simulate a receding hairline) to play Whitey Bulger in ''Film/BlackMass'' and as a result is barely recognizable.
25th Nov '15 7:43:56 AM HighCrate
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* In the Ember Island Play in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this is taken UpToEleven, since every single actor playing one of the show's main characters is less attractive than the real person.

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* In the Ember Island Play in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', this is taken UpToEleven, since every single actor playing one of the show's main characters is less attractive than the real person.
22nd Nov '15 5:13:54 AM eroock
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->''An actress known to be good-looking who plays a role which calls for her to indulge in a makeup that makes her look homely usually gets flattering notices from the reviewers, even if her performance isn't worth a nickel[.]''

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->''An ->''"An actress known to be good-looking who plays a role which calls for her to indulge in a makeup that makes her look homely usually gets flattering notices from the reviewers, even if her performance isn't worth a nickel[.]'']"''
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