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22nd Apr '17 12:53:07 AM jamespolk
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* In Creator/PGWodehouse's JeevesAndWooster novel ''Right Ho, Jeeves'', when Tuppy and Angela quarrel, he says he disapproves of this habit of modern girls, putting on make-up.

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* In Creator/PGWodehouse's JeevesAndWooster Literature/JeevesAndWooster novel ''Right Ho, Jeeves'', ''Literature/RightHoJeeves'', when Tuppy and Angela quarrel, he says he disapproves of this habit of modern girls, putting on make-up.
18th Apr '17 3:43:35 PM Etherjammer
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A ForgottenTrope nowadays, but one that lasted for many centuries: wearing any form of "paint" on your face is a sign of evil, particularly dishonesty, more to be expected of the DeadlyDecadentCourt or ViceCity than any more wholesome place. Only an [[TheWickedStage actress]] or some such disreputable woman would self-paint, which is why "painted woman" is not a compliment. The FemmeFatale and TheVamp obviously use make-up, as part of their stock in trade is unnaturally good looks. ([[VanityIsFeminine The trope is rarer but stronger for men.]])

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A ForgottenTrope nowadays, but one that lasted for many centuries: centuries in western Europe: wearing any form of "paint" on your face is a sign of evil, particularly dishonesty, more to be expected of the DeadlyDecadentCourt or ViceCity than any more wholesome place. Only an [[TheWickedStage actress]] or some such disreputable woman would self-paint, which is why "painted woman" is not a compliment. The FemmeFatale and TheVamp obviously use make-up, as part of their stock in trade is unnaturally good looks. ([[VanityIsFeminine The trope is rarer but stronger for men.]])
8th Apr '17 12:35:54 PM Eievie
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A ForgottenTrope nowadays, but one that lasted for many centuries: wearing any form of "paint" on your face is a sign of evil, particularly dishonesty, more to be expected of the DeadlyDecadentCourt or ViceCity than any more wholesome place. Only an [[TheWickedStage actress]] or some such disreputable woman would self-paint, which is why "painted woman" is -- not a compliment. The FemmeFatale and TheVamp obviously use make-up, as part of their stock in trade is unnaturally good looks. ([[VanityIsFeminine The trope is rarer but stronger for men.]])

Historically, also, many forms of make-up have been hazardous -- such as lead-based or arsenic based ones -- so a woman who used them might sacrifice her health or even life, not to mention her looks in the long term, for a brief attractive appearance. At the very least, this was a sign that she was [[BrainlessBeauty vain and foolish]].

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A ForgottenTrope nowadays, but one that lasted for many centuries: wearing any form of "paint" on your face is a sign of evil, particularly dishonesty, more to be expected of the DeadlyDecadentCourt or ViceCity than any more wholesome place. Only an [[TheWickedStage actress]] or some such disreputable woman would self-paint, which is why "painted woman" is -- not a compliment. The FemmeFatale and TheVamp obviously use make-up, as part of their stock in trade is unnaturally good looks. ([[VanityIsFeminine The trope is rarer but stronger for men.]])

Historically, also, many forms of make-up have been hazardous -- such hazardous--such as lead-based or arsenic based ones -- so ones--so a woman who used them might sacrifice her health or even life, not to mention her looks in the long term, for a brief attractive appearance. At the very least, this was a sign that she was [[BrainlessBeauty vain and foolish]].



When the trope appears nowadays, it's usually applied to ''garish'' makeup. From the very beginning, PunkRock and HeavyMetal have demonstrated that a painted - and usually male - face is a sure sign that a character is mean or crazy, or at least sinister.

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When the trope appears nowadays, it's usually applied to ''garish'' makeup. From the very beginning, PunkRock and HeavyMetal have demonstrated that a painted - and painted--and usually male - face male--face is a sure sign that a character is mean or crazy, or at least sinister.



* Averted in ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''. CoolBigSis Toniya uses make-up and once tells Tiffa to put on some, but she isn't portrayed as evil. Also, at the end of the episode Tiffa is seen wearing a bit of lipstick -- a subtle proof that [[CharacterDevelopment she's starting to open up.]]



** It should be noted that most of the women mentioned above are truly ugly even with the makeup. Maleficent, being a demon, even has a sickly green face - which makes any actress who dresses up as her at the Disney theme parks to be a RealLife example.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Charlotte is not the villain -- she is not even particularly evil, but more SpoiledSweet. Nevertheless, the scenes where she puts on make-up emphasize her silly and vain side.

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** It should be noted that most of the women mentioned above are truly ugly even with the makeup. Maleficent, being a demon, even has a sickly green face - which face--which makes any actress who dresses up as her at the Disney theme parks to be a RealLife example.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Charlotte is not the villain -- she villain--she is not even particularly evil, but more SpoiledSweet. Nevertheless, the scenes where she puts on make-up emphasize her silly and vain side.



** In ''Literature/ATangledWeb'', Aunt Beckie puts on rouge before her last family gathering, shocking her living companion, but insisting on it. Then she orders Nan to wash off her rouge -- over Nan's objection that Aunt Beckie was wearing it herself. (Afterwards, Nan amuses herself by setting out to romance a young man to take him from his fiancee.)

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** In ''Literature/ATangledWeb'', Aunt Beckie puts on rouge before her last family gathering, shocking her living companion, but insisting on it. Then she orders Nan to wash off her rouge -- over rouge--over Nan's objection that Aunt Beckie was wearing it herself. (Afterwards, Nan amuses herself by setting out to romance a young man to take him from his fiancee.)



* In Creator/LouisaMayAlcott's ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Meg is made up "like Literature/{{Cinderella}}" but it includes this -- though she revolts at rouge.

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* In Creator/LouisaMayAlcott's ''Literature/LittleWomen'', Meg is made up "like Literature/{{Cinderella}}" but it includes this -- though this--though she revolts at rouge.



* The notorious French couplet ''Egle, belle et poete, a deux petits travers: elle fait son visage et ne fait pas ses vers'' [[note]] Egle, "beautiful" "poet", has two minor crimes: she makes up her face and she steals all her rhymes[[/note]] - [[ValuesDissonance nowadays]], saying "you are a plagiarist AND you use make-up" is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ridiculous]], but in the 18th century both were seen as equally dishonest.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Rosemary And Rue'', Toby's criticism of a girl who confronts her at Home mentions the overdone makeup -- and how one thing she looked liked was a downtown whore.

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* The notorious French couplet ''Egle, belle et poete, a deux petits travers: elle fait son visage et ne fait pas ses vers'' [[note]] vers''[[note]] Egle, "beautiful" "poet", has two minor crimes: she makes up her face and she steals all her rhymes[[/note]] - [[ValuesDissonance rhymes[[/note]]--[[ValuesDissonance nowadays]], saying "you are a plagiarist AND '''and''' you use make-up" is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ridiculous]], but in the 18th century both were seen as equally dishonest.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Rosemary And Rue'', Toby's criticism of a girl who confronts her at Home mentions the overdone makeup -- and makeup--and how one thing she looked liked was a downtown whore.



** Male Time Lords in "The Deadly Assassin" wear makeup as part of their culture's ceremonial dress, but it's subtle or absent on the sympathetic characters. Runcible and Spandrell are barefaced while Goth and Borusa paint it on, and you certainly wouldn't catch the Doctor in white lipstick and eyeshadow (though this overlaps with WardrobeFlawOfCharacterization in his case - his own culture's clothes don't suit him for clear RuleOfSymbolism reasons).

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** Male Time Lords in "The Deadly Assassin" wear makeup as part of their culture's ceremonial dress, but it's subtle or absent on the sympathetic characters. Runcible and Spandrell are barefaced while Goth and Borusa paint it on, and you certainly wouldn't catch the Doctor in white lipstick and eyeshadow (though this overlaps with WardrobeFlawOfCharacterization in his case - his case--his own culture's clothes don't suit him for clear RuleOfSymbolism reasons).



-->''Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn,''
-->''When beauty lived and died as flowers do now''
* Christina Rossetti wrote an early poem about a woman who fainted at a ball, but had not grown pale -- did this woman ''paint''?

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-->''Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn,''
-->''When
outworn,\\
When
beauty lived and died as flowers do now''
* Christina Rossetti wrote an early poem about a woman who fainted at a ball, but had not grown pale -- did pale--did this woman ''paint''?



* Oddly inverted much of the time in the case of male wrestlers, with the likes of {{Sting}} and (usually) JeffHardy being faces, while the heels are barefaced ugly guys. Makeup here implies that the character is [[DarkIsNotEvil psychologically tormented and even vengeful, but ultimately heroic]]. Played straight with Tatanka and his (very brief) "vengeful Indian ghost" gimmick in WWE in the winter of 2006-2007 - although Tatanka's spooky war paint was [[UnintentionallySympathetic so cool to look at that many fans didn't know he was supposed to be a heel]].

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* Oddly inverted much of the time in the case of male wrestlers, with the likes of {{Sting}} and (usually) JeffHardy being faces, while the heels are barefaced ugly guys. Makeup here implies that the character is [[DarkIsNotEvil psychologically tormented and even vengeful, but ultimately heroic]]. Played straight with Tatanka and his (very brief) "vengeful Indian ghost" gimmick in WWE in the winter of 2006-2007 - although 2006-2007--although Tatanka's spooky war paint was [[UnintentionallySympathetic so cool to look at that many fans didn't know he was supposed to be a heel]].



* In ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'', Aaron derides the other characters as using paint -- " Ye white-limed walls! ye alehouse painted signs! " -- and cites his own black skin as preferable because it could not use make-up.

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* In ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'', Aaron derides the other characters as using paint -- " Ye paint--"Ye white-limed walls! ye alehouse painted signs! " -- and signs!"--and cites his own black skin as preferable because it could not use make-up.



* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler condemned the wearing of cosmetics by Nazi-era German women, since it violated the "wholesome" image he wanted the women of his country to have. He preferred German women with their hair tied back, their legs covered, and no makeup - not "whores in Indian war paint."

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler condemned the wearing of cosmetics by Nazi-era German women, since it violated the "wholesome" image he wanted the women of his country to have. He preferred German women with their hair tied back, their legs covered, and no makeup - not makeup--not "whores in Indian war paint."
7th Mar '17 3:22:11 PM DaibhidC
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* A subtle one occurs in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Till Death Do Us Part". When Eunice is first seen, she is complaining that she remains pale no matter how much she pinches her cheeks. Later, after [[spoiler:she is revealed as a con artist and a murderer]], she is applying bright red lipstick.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries''
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A subtle one occurs in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Till Death Do Us Part". When Eunice is first seen, she is complaining that she remains pale no matter how much she pinches her cheeks. Later, after [[spoiler:she is revealed as a con artist and a murderer]], she is applying bright red lipstick.lipstick.
** Later invoked but averted in "Painted Ladies", when the male characters are surprised to learn even respectable women visit the cosmetician. The times are changing...
27th Jan '17 5:05:57 PM FarseerLolotea
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** Two female antagonists play the trope straight: Eska, the {{Yandere}} princess of the Northern Water Tribe, wears heavy purple eyeliner (which [[YourMakeupIsRunning visibly runs]] when she's [[WomanScorned gunning for her abused ex-boyfriend]]). And P'Li, the [[BombThrowingAnarchists Red]] [[RenegadeSplinterFaction Lotus's]] [[StatuesqueStunner towering]] [[HavingABlast combustionbending]] [[TheBrute Brute]], wears red-black nail polish, understated brick-red lipstick, and subtle black eyeliner. Both, however, are ''less'' blatant than the aforementioned good gal...and both are {{Dark Action Girl}}s with no hint of [[TheVamp vamp]].

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** Two female antagonists play with the trope straight: trope: Eska, the {{Yandere}} princess of the Northern Water Tribe, wears heavy purple eyeliner (which [[YourMakeupIsRunning visibly runs]] when she's [[WomanScorned gunning for her abused ex-boyfriend]]). And P'Li, the [[BombThrowingAnarchists Red]] [[RenegadeSplinterFaction Lotus's]] [[StatuesqueStunner towering]] 6'8"]] [[HavingABlast combustionbending]] [[TheBrute Brute]], heavy artillery]], wears red-black nail polish, understated brick-red lipstick, and subtle black eyeliner. Both, however, are ''less'' blatant than the aforementioned good gal...and both are {{Dark Action Girl}}s with no hint of [[TheVamp vamp]].
30th Dec '16 4:55:37 AM pinkdalek
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* The Apocryphal [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] book "Enoch" specifically mentions makeup as being [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow something mankind was not meant to know]], and a secret given to the world by sinful angels.
25th Dec '16 8:31:30 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler condemned the wearing of cosmetics by Nazi-era German women, since it violated [[FamilyValuesVillain the "wholesome" image he wanted the women of his country to have]]. He preferred German women with their hair tied back, their legs covered, and no makeup - not "whores in Indian war paint."

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler condemned the wearing of cosmetics by Nazi-era German women, since it violated [[FamilyValuesVillain violated the "wholesome" image he wanted the women of his country to have]].have. He preferred German women with their hair tied back, their legs covered, and no makeup - not "whores in Indian war paint."
3rd Dec '16 4:16:06 PM rixion
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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', where's God's angels will tell you take makeup is the work of the devil. Considering how much of a {{Jerkass}} God is in Shin Megami Tensei, though, you should take it with a grain of salt. Lucifer [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks isn't much better, though]].

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', where's God's angels will tell you take makeup Ultimecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' plays this trope straight, complete with FacialMarkings and ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow. Edea is the work of the devil. Considering how much a justified case, [[spoiler:as she was victim of a {{Jerkass}} God is GrandTheftMe from Ultimecia, and after regaining control, stop wearing it, as seen in Shin Megami Tensei, though, you should take it with a grain of salt. Lucifer [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks isn't much better, though]].the [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/d/dd/FFVIII_Edea_Cid_Recording.png/revision/latest?cb=20130206123151 ending]].]]


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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', where's God's angels will tell you take makeup is the work of the devil. Considering how much of a {{Jerkass}} God is in Shin Megami Tensei, though, you should take it with a grain of salt. Lucifer [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks isn't much better, though]].
27th Nov '16 2:32:23 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', one reason why Susan refuses to remember {{Narnia}} is her obsession with make-up.

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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', one reason why Susan refuses to remember {{Narnia}} [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] is her obsession with make-up.
24th Nov '16 7:43:55 AM Hanz
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* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Sith Warrior companion Jaesa Wilsaam can turn out either Light or Dark-side depending on your actions, with the main physical difference being that Dark Jaesa wears purple eyeshadow and lipstick.
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