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2nd Jun '17 2:04:36 AM PaulA
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* The Creator/RobertAHeinlein book ''Podkayne of Mars'' has Podkayne try to imitate garish makeup from a magazine cover. Fortunately an older woman shows her how it should be done.

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* The Creator/RobertAHeinlein book ''Podkayne of Mars'' ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'' has Podkayne try to imitate garish makeup from a magazine cover. Fortunately an older woman shows her how it should be done.
27th May '17 3:06:38 PM jccw227
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* In the 1935 ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon, "For Better Or Worser", both Popeye and Bluto have been fighting to take Olive to get married. Prior to meeting up with them both, she put on an excessive amount of makeup and false eyelashes. Neither of them saw what she looked like because she was also wearing a veil the whole time. As they were both fighting to take her to the Justice of the Peace, she ended up getting banged up along the way and by the end of the cartoon, Popeye finally lifts the veil to find that Olive is looking pretty ghastly, causing him to head for the hills.
14th May '17 8:57:19 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* One time it was used on FamilyMatters, and it had nothing to do with the idea that Laura was incompetent in applying the makeup. Rather, the blameworthy party was a mail-order scam that Laura had fallen for: She was supposed to be a salesgirl for the makeup, but when it arrived it was horribly defective.
2nd May '17 9:06:43 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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Related to (subtrope of?) UncannyValleyMakeup. See InelegantBlubbering for another catastrophe involving cosmetics. Often stems from FemininityFailure.

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Related to (subtrope of?) UncannyValleyMakeup. See InelegantBlubbering for another catastrophe involving cosmetics. Often stems from FemininityFailure.
FemininityFailure. Compare BeAWhoreToGetYourMan, which also may be about a girl who is uncomfortable with things like makeup but chooses to try it anyway.
2nd May '17 9:05:01 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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This is a fairly common plot in works aimed at a pre-teen/young teen audience. A girl will decide that she needs to change her look, and that a complete makeover is the only way to do it. The occasion might be prom night, her first date, the dreaded school photo, or even just proving that she's a young woman, not a child. Whichever it is, she has her heart set on using "grown up" cosmetics.

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This is a fairly common plot in works aimed at a pre-teen/young teen audience. A girl will decide that she needs to change her look, and that a complete makeover is the only way to do it. The occasion might be prom night, going on her first date, attempting to land a date, the dreaded school photo, or even just proving that she's a young woman, not a child. Whichever it is, she has her heart set on using "grown up" cosmetics.
29th Apr '17 12:59:45 PM nombretomado
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* In a variation, on ''SaluteYourShorts'', Dina is the resident girly-girl and is about to take part in a water balloon tag/capture the flag game. She knows a lot about makeup, but not much about camouflage. Attempting to apply her makeup skills to camouflage she ends up looking like a paramilitary clown and asks deadpan "Do you think I overdid it?"

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* In a variation, on ''SaluteYourShorts'', ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'', Dina is the resident girly-girl and is about to take part in a water balloon tag/capture the flag game. She knows a lot about makeup, but not much about camouflage. Attempting to apply her makeup skills to camouflage she ends up looking like a paramilitary clown and asks deadpan "Do you think I overdid it?"
5th Apr '17 7:55:26 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Jane suffers the hair-dying variety in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Dye! Dye! My Darling". It's a subversion considering that Jane basically expected, at least subconsciously, Daria to screw it up in order to pick a fight with her.

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* Jane suffers the hair-dying variety in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Dye! Dye! My Darling". It's a subversion considering that Jane basically expected, at least subconsciously, Daria to screw it up in order to pick a fight with her.her, practically forcing Daria to do it despite her protestations that she was going to screw it up.
13th Mar '17 9:39:31 AM SpacemanSpoof
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* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' uses an adult version of this as one of its many gags. A woman tries to apply makeup during the flight, but the plane keeps lurching around due to the troubles in the cockpit, causing her to smear the makeup all over her face. A shot of the passengers evacuating the plane at the end shows that she hasn't yet been able to clean it off.
14th Feb '17 2:55:43 PM JohnnyHuang
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* Delia Delfano is often a victim of this trope during the first season of ''Series/IDidntDoIt'', first when her mother forces her into beauty pageants in the episode "Fireman Freddy's Spaghetti Station." When Lindy and Jasmine see her turn around poorly made up, Lindy deliver's the perfect sympathetic response.

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* Delia Delfano is often a victim of this trope during the first season of ''Series/IDidntDoIt'', first when her mother forces her into beauty pageants in the episode "Fireman Freddy's Spaghetti Station." When Lindy and Jasmine see her turn around poorly made up, Lindy deliver's delivers the perfect sympathetic response.


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* From ''Series/{{Reba}}'': During the first season, Reba and Lori Ann have a makeover once. They end up having more makeup on their faces than they'd like.
-->'''Reba''': Now we know why the makeovers were ''free''.
-->'''Lori Ann''': My last car didn't have this much paint in it.
14th Feb '17 9:43:47 AM LizzieBabes419
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