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Generally, people use cosmetics to make themselves more attractive. A little extra colour or definition can make a world of difference. In the wrong hands, however, or taken too far, that dab of lipstick, powder and paint can push a person straight into the UncannyValley. The human face disappears into the make-up, leaving something profoundly unnatural: a [[MonsterClown clown]], a [[CreepyDoll porcelain doll]], or a something just plain [[{{Gonk}} grotesque]].

This is disconcerting enough even if accidentally incurred in an honest effort to achieve [[StepfordSmiler perfection]] - if a character cultivates UncannyValleyMakeup ''on purpose'', like the semantic colors on a venomous snake, be on the alert for serious, premeditated creepiness.

Bonus points, if the person is wearing an old fashioned PimpedOutDress, a frivolous multicolored outfit, or an all black outfit. Or they may also dress in a skimpy outfit that was intended purely for {{Fanservice}}.

Depending on the circumstances this trope can be considered a good source of NightmareFuel, FetishFuel, or FanDisservice.

See also MakeUpIsEvil, CosmeticCatastrophe, ImpossiblyTackyClothes and ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* In ''SamuraiSeven'' (anime adaptation of ''Film/SevenSamurai''), Gorobei, Rikichi, and Heihachi are forced to dress in drag [[DisguisedInDrag as part of an undercover mission.]] Gorobei and Rikichi sport laughably gaudy visages - Heihachi, however, [[AttractiveBentGender makes for a very pretty lady.]]
* An example occurs in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' when the host club dresses as women to cheer up Haruhi. They wear makeup that is hilariously overdone, wigs, and gaudy dresses. Likewise, every [[{{Takarazuka}} production]] done by the Zuka club features a lot of this. Likely this is because most of the characters already look like that...
** And it's actually lampshaded by the Host Club when they see Haruhi in it, claiming "IT'S TOO THICK!"
* In TenchiInTokyo, Ryoko applies makeup to herself ''by the pound''. The result is her face looking so creepy and silly looking that her rival [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Ayeka]] all but pisses herself with laughter at the sight of it.
* Shortly after joining TheShinsengumi in ''PeacemakerKurogane'', Tetsunosuke gets jealous at Yamazaki Susumu, who does his spying work crossdressed as a beautiful woman. Tetsunosuke grabs a spare kimono and borrows Susumu's makeup box, ending up looking more like a Kabuki clown than a lady, to the horror of innocent bystanders.
* A teacher in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' wears so much makeup, it may as well be a mask. After a run in with Yami Yugi, it breaks off like a porcelain mask.
** In the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]], he causes it so she'll never be able to cover up her perpetually angry face. In the anime, she has to apply on thick amounts just to look normal, and any time she tries to act mean her face will crack.
* {{One Piece}}'s Emporio Ivankov wears so much makeup it really is a mask. When he runs into a guy that throws acidic poison on his face he just peels off a layer of makeup and goes on with his business.
* In a season 1 episode of Anime/{{Pokemon}}, Misty recieved a makeover from Team Rocket's fake salon that made her face look clownlike and oddly decorated. Ash was laughing his socks off over it.
* Done for laughs (though very slightly dramatic) in ''EurekaSeven'' when Eureka tries make up.
* The Ganguro girls in ''{{Durarara}}''. So much makeup...
* Ripple-chan from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' is a living lipstick tube that loves to give the girls of Anpanland makeovers. Unfortunately, the dresses she gives them are a bit too flashy for everyday wear, and the makeup is this. However, at times, she can give an appropriate and beautiful amount of makeup with a less showy outfit (like she did with Dokinchan to make her look like a princess).
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[[folder: Film]]
* Queen Narissa from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', especially in her live-action form.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZLQW2qr5Hs Mystery Man]] from DavidLynch's ''LostHighway'' has no eyebrows, as well as a fairly subtle combination of eyeshadow and lipstick that renders his face fairly... uncanny.
* In ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'', Toula's family is preparing her for her wedding, and they are in such a hurry that everyone pitches in to do her hair, makeup, and dress her. The end result is that she, in Toula's words, "looks like a snow beast".
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the hero's love interest [[UnnecessaryMakeover tries getting a makeover to look prettier]]... [[GlamourFailure but it fails spectacularly]], with excessively heavy makeup and a huge EightiesHair wig.
* Pavi's faces in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' have a shade of this to them. It helps that they're skinned off of various women and hooked onto his face with clips. Features like eyebrows and lip color are pretty clearly redone in... post-production, as it were.
** Blind Mag's makeup in her first appearance, too. It's partly because of her UhOhEyes, but the heavy eye-makeup and impossibly long fake lashes don't help matters. Subverted, though, in that Mag is one of only two good-hearted people in the entire movie, and the makeup is probably imposed on her- when she's viewed in flashback before she was lured by GeneCo, her eye makeup looks much more natural.
* Creator/MarkHamill had just suffered a car wreck before the shooting of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''. To hide his facial scars- [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/vlcsnap-2009-11-18-16h30m48s15.png AAARGH! SEND IT TO HELL!]]
* NataliePortman's makeup in ''Film/BlackSwan''.
* ''Film/TheWarriors''. The very, er, colourful gang colours give it a {{camp}} quality in hindsight.
** The Furies, especially. Particularly because their glowering expressions never seem to change under the bright Day-Glo face paint.
* "Baby" Jane Hudson as an adult in ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''. Bette Davis suggested the idea she never washes her face, she just cakes new makeup on every day.
* In Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', Creator/BruceCampbell plays the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills, a man obsessed with achieving physical perfection through plastic surgery. The prosthetic makeup he wears for the part -- sculpted cheekbones, a thinner nose, a squarer jaw, visible hairplugs -- makes the character look more like an animated mannequin than anything else.
* [[EnfantTerrible Blithe]] in ''Film/TheSitter''.
* The matchmaker's makeup in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. It falls even more in the UncannyValley after Mulan causes trouble.
* Judge Doom in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', seeing as how he was intentionally meant to invoke UncannyValley (makeup was used to make his skin look unnaturally pale and flawless, and Christopher Lloyd avoided blinking when the camera was on him).
* The Dee Dee twins from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' - Jack Napier as the Joker wears makeup over his white skin that doesn't have the depth or shading of real skin and gives him a creepy mannequin look.
* As mentioned in Literature, Effie Trinket from ''Film/TheHungerGames.'' The contrast between her and the residents of District 12 at the reaping scene is unsettling.
* Divine in ''Film/PinkFlamingos''. Her character's charming personality isn't helping things, either...
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Count Olaf has a group of henchmen that help do his bidding. In his group, there are two women, with white powder all over their faces, and they are never depicted without the face powder.
* In ''Literature/BridgetJones' Diary'' Bridget goes out partying with a "[[WithFriendsLikeThese friend]]" who is always able to bring down her self-esteem with cutting remarks, and ends up convinced that she is horribly prematurely aging. As a result, the next time she goes out she spends ages applying lots and lots of makeup, to the point that when she arrives her friend Tom tells her she looks like Barbara Cartland.
** In the sequel, she goes out to a fancy dinner with Mark Darcy and, in a hurry as ever, makes up in the cab on the way there. She can't work out why everyone at the party is looking at her strangely, til Mark sends her to the ladies' room and she finds that, in the dark, she confused plum eyeshadow with rouge...
* In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', Magrat goes overboard on powder and mascara when going out to rescue Nanny Ogg from the Duke's dungeons, and is described as looking like "two flies that had crashed into a sugar bowl". She also leaves a guard tempted to make a sign to "ward off the evil eyeshadow".
* In ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the sociopathic culture of the young is partly indicated by the crazy way they dress and the insane makeup the girls are described as wearing:
-->These sharps were dressed in the heighth of fashion too, with purple and green and orange wigs on their gullivers, and make-up to match (rainbows round the glazzies, that is, and the rot painted very wide).
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', this is apparently the standard of beauty - among the [[LongList many, many preparations]] Li Kao claims a beautiful woman makes every morning are "checks to make sure that her makeup has hardened into an immovable mask" and "looks into the mirror for any visible sign of humanity, and is relieved to find none".
* Effie Trinket from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. She wears technicolor ''wigs'', but then you find out ''the whole Capitol wants'' to look like this.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' has Papa Lazarou. His face really is black and white like a minstrel, and he has to paint over it with makeup to appear normal. Well as normal as a demonic, polygamist blackface minstrel who runs a CircusOfFear, can look anyway. Papa learned the makeup skills to cover his minstrel face from his various wives.
* The porcelain doll look is used to a fantastic effect in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrtQCCT8kpk this advert]] for ''EastEnders''.
* Mimi Bobeck from ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' frequently wore more makeup than was [[strike: necessary]] healthy for the proper brain functioning of those around her.
** This was a running gag for a long, long time. One episode had her recovering from skin damage to her face and unable to wear makeup. Instead, she covered her face with a fan until she could get sat down and set up a small projector to shine strongly colored light on her face to replicate the effect of her normal makeup.
* In the ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale Of The Many Faces" a struggling model named Emma visits a strange woman named Madame Visage who gives her some powder that apparently helps her get a modeling job. The powder didn't really do anything, considering that Emma was pretty to begin with. (It does seem to almost hypnotize those around her, who will drop everything to mention how pretty she is.) However, its revealed that Madame Visage is [[spoiler: a VainSorceress and the face powder has properties that keeps girls faces looking younger and the skin smooth. She wants the faces to be in peak condition so that she can steal them and use them as her own face as a way to keep herself looking younger.]]
** Another AYAOTD episode called "The Tale Of The Mystical Mirror" features another VainSorceress named Mrs. Valenti who hires only in her words "beauties" to work in her clothing boutique and she is later revealed [[spoiler: to regularly kill young girls in a ritual to keep herself eternally young and beautiful while she was actually centuries old.]] She gives her employees a compact filled with makeup, and she makes sure to keep her "youthful" face covered with so much makeup that her face looks like its made of plastic and she appears rather StepfordSmiler-ish.
* ''ToddlersAndTiaras'': nuff said
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', the makeup that makes Barney look fat ([[UnreliableNarrator possibly just Ted's imagination,]] we'll never know) is positively horrifying. Just take a [[http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2681/4093917491_6ed4727370_z.jpg look]].
* Helen A imposes this on all the citizens of Terra Alpha as part of her StepfordSmiler dictatorship in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]".
* ''TheItCrowd'' has one character who Roy says puts on so much makeup that when he breaks up with her will be like breaking up with TheJoker. They show her and his description seems accurate, especially when she starts crying and her makeup gets smeared.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The Music video for FallOutBoy's ''America's Suitehearts'' features Pete Wentz in some freak facepaint that makes him look like he has a large smiling black mouth full of teeth.
* EmilieAutumn has some sort of creepy porcelain doll/french aristocrat look going on.
* From the world of 90's Visual Kei, ex-Lareine bassist [[http://www.nautiljon.com/images/people/emiru_lareine.jpg Emiru]]. Any grown man who can have a little girl as a stage persona and get away with it definitely has a place here, especially if that stage persona has a distict air of CreepyChild about it, what with it's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjUrQ9PZe24 twisting off a doll's head (3:27-3:35) ]] whilst looking blankly into the camera amongst other things.
* Most of LadyGaga's music videos, including "Born This Way." The protruding horns/cheekbones, flesh colored eyebrows and [[http://gagadaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Born-This-Way-Video-54.jpg this little ensemble.]]
* {{Vocaloid}} has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTcZJdunaEE&feature=related Matryoshka]]''. It's either this or [[WTHCostumingDepartment something else]].
* Every Robert Palmer video featured a group of models made up to look like emotionless mannequins.
** WordOfGod was that Palmer did not find that look attractive, and was bemused at his female fans showing at concerts trying to look like the models in the videos.
* NickiMinaj looks like an IMVU character in the video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JipHEz53sU&ob=av3e Super Bass]]'', especially the eyelashes.
* {{Kesha}}: "We R Who We R".
** Her make-up usually alternates between this and [[ThePigPen just plain dirty]].
* JoanJett's album cover for ''[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SdWb7pa_l5c/SmllreVKMUI/AAAAAAAAAjU/DdUmYLSrF5g/s320/Joan-jett_Bad-reputation.jpg Bad Reputation]]''.
* DavidBowie's more exotic looks tend to fall into this territory: consider Ziggy Stardust, the Pierrot clown in the "Ashes to Ashes" video, and the characters in the ''1. Outside'' booklet. When he did some self-parody as the BritishRockStar Screamin' Lord Byron in the ShortFilm ''Jazzin' for Blue Jean'', he made sure that "Mr. Screamin'" used such makeup too, with full-face, metallic makeup complete with painted-on shadows that give him the look of a living painting.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Great Fairies from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Combined with their NoblewomansLaugh, it's kinda hard to notice they're on your side at first.
* Tarohne from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with that godawful white lipstick.
* Eikichi Mishina, the DreadfulMusician and kei groupie from ''{{Persona 2}}''. This is something of an InvokedTrope, as Eikichi's traditionalist father is hostile to his son wearing makeup. This forces Eikichi to disguise himself under a blanket of hair dye and makeup, and [[ClarkKenting completely ditch his glam persona]] while at home.
* Tira from The ''SoulSeries''.
* Baby Jane Splicers in the ''Franchise/BioShock'' series look like they've taken makeup lessons from the Joker circa ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Not helping are the crisscrossed scars.
* Darlene the Psychopath from ''VideoGame/DeadRising3,'' who combines this trope with the female version of FatBastard and VillainousGlutton.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[{{Youtube}} YouTuber]] '''Catie Wayne''' first rose to prominence with her original "character", Boxxy, a parody of the "scene" internet subculture. She later filmed a makeup tutorial on how to achieve Boxxy's [[ManicPixieDreamGirl deranged]] chic.
-->"What's important to remember about this step is that if [[AchievementsInIgnorance you're not any good at it, that's okay]] because Boxxy isn't either."
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Tomboy WrenchWench GadgeteerGenius Kat tried to wear makeup once and kind of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=241 ...overdid it.]]
* ''{{Homestuck}}''[='s=] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/trickster.php?s=6&p=007619 "Trickster Mode"]] (normal on the left, Trickster'd on the right) can make characters colorful, invincible, and ''insane''.
* The BigBad of ''SluggyFreelance'' 'GOFOTRON' arc, Zorgon Gola, is difficult for most of his subordinates to face, except [[DarthVaderClone Lord Grater]]:
--> '''[[RealMenWearPink Zorgon Gola]]''': ''Are you staring at my lips?''
--> '''[[NoSocialSkills Lord Grater]]''': Yeah. Do they hurt? Did a bee sting you?
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* At least two episodes in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' feature Helga's older sister Olga break down crying so much tears that her makeup runs down her face and it looks like she's [[TearsOfBlood crying black tears]].
** Another episode has Helga give herself a makeover, in order to make herself look more girly for Rhonda's party. When her mother opens the bathroom door and sees the finished product she gasps and faints, causing Helga to say "Maybe I should've gone a bit lighter on the eye shadow."
* In the [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon]], a cosmetics robot looked like this to begin with. When Mega gave her a bad facial it got even worse.
* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Sonic Rainboom." When Rarity [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism lets her new wings go to her head]], she enters the Best Young Fliers' Competition herself wearing heavy make-up and a PimpedOutDress.
* All of the female characters in ''TheProblemSolverz'' have brightly colored eyeshadow and facial markings.
* One late episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the VillainOfTheWeek , "Mask Scara," fly around giving horribly trashy makeovers to everyone in Townsville as well as some of the billboards. Not as uncanny when it's supposed to be funny, but still really, really ugly.
* ''BobsBurgers'' - Tina falls in with the new girl at school, who insists on makeovers. She puts a lot of makeup on the two of them in the girl's room - when they step outside, the two Pesto brothers see them and yell "AAAA! Bathroom clowns!"
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Combined with ValuesDissonance, this applies to most historically accurate recreations of historical makeup styles, such as the English Renaissance fashion for caking on a pale, lead-based makeup- which often ended up horribly disfiguring long-term users, incidentally.
** From the 16th-18th centuries, the style for rouge was to apply it in a round (or occasionally triangular) pattern with no attempt to blend it into the foundation, creating a rather clownish effect to modern viewers.
** Much like the ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' example under Film, its been suggested that some women never washed their face, they just caked new makeup on every day.
** There are theories about the high numbers of mentally disabled children in noble families in 18th century Japan, for being caused by babies touching the lead makeup of their mothers and suffering from lead poisoning when it got from their fingers into their mouths.
** There were also unpleasant cases when electric lighting started spreading. A woman with makeup meant for gaslight or candles looked like "a badly painted doll".
** Throughout the 18th and 19th century when smallpox was one of the most common serious diseases in the Western world, frequently leaving its survivor's skin horribly disfigured with deep pockmarks, a kind of face powder that was really more like grout became widely used in disguising it. The visual effect must have been worse than the scarring.
* Pageant photography, [[http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/5418581/Childrens-beauty-pageant-might-come-to-NZ especially of kids.]]
** That owes at least as much to aggressive use of Photoshop as to the makeup.
* The late great Tammy Faye Messner. The woman's makeup would have scared the Joker.
** Not incidentally, she was cast as the mother of Mimi Bobeck on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
** Lampshaded in ''When bad videos happen to good artists'', as CarrotTop refers to ChristinaAguilera's rather... unfortunate looks in ''I turn to you'' as: "Make-up by Tammy Faye, body by [[AllyMcBeal Callista Flockhart]]!"
* Those two haven't got anything on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_%28actor%29 Divine]]
* Chris Crocker demonstrates in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XeUHA5RiE4 this video]] what the Joker would have looked like without his white face powder.
* That ungodly combination of bright orange fake-"tanned" skin and bleached blonde hair popular with many sorority girls and young gay men, who love to combine it with overly tweezed/waxed eyebrows.
** Well, if we're talking ''bronzer'', there's [[JerseyShore Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi]] and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).
* Ganguro.
* The late Dame Barbara Cartland, prolific romance novelist. Clive James famously described her face as looking like "looking like the corpses of two crows that had flown into a chalk cliff".
* That "two crows flying into a chalk cliff" analogy could also apply to Taylor Momsen as of late. Ever since she's said she "doesn't fucking care" about being a good role model, she has begun layering her make-up on pretty thick. Michael K of Dlisted has unfavorably compared her multiple times to a panda.
* LadyGaga.
* BoyGeorge.
** Especially on his appearances in I Love the (Era), when he's... not so [[StupidSexyFlanders Pretty]] and still wearing heavy amounts of makeup.
* Some more ValuesDissonance examples: Heavy makeup for women was especially popular in TheRoaringTwenties, TheFifties, and TheEighties. Usually ladies from these eras were tactful in their application of cosmetics, but at times they overdid it. This was especially the case with actresses who were playing characters in historical movies set ''long'' before the advent of mass-marketed cosmetics.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtc4SNspw5A&feature=related Some youtube tutorials]] will teach you how to enter the uncanny valley of makeup, by trying to make you look like an anime character. No, not uncanny valley like an anime character wearing makeup. Looking ''like an anime character''.
** Worse is when you try to make yourself look like a character that simply doesn't have human facial proportions to begin with. As is the case with this tutorial on how to paint your face to look like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0-4m2mWTk&feature=player_embedded Sonic the Hedgehog.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLvSSyTgmsM This]].
*** Would that be Eye Eye Shadow or Eye Shadow Eyes?
* NickiMinaj
* When girls are just beginning to wear makeup and experiment with it,(usually in their pre-teens) sometimes they can look downright clownish. Maybe they used foundation multiple shades too dark or too light from their actual skin color. Or maybe they used a little too much eyeshadow and blush. Or maybe they had put on the brightest shade of lipstick they could find. Possibly all of that.
* Lots of the more OTT makeup styles amongst alt fashion wearers in Japan (and the fashion followers in western countries). Contact lenses that make your eyes look impossibly round and huge? Check. Two to three pairs of false eyelashes? Check. So much pale foundation and powder that you look like you're made of chalk? Check. Foundation'd-out lips? Check. Perfectly round clown blusher? The list goes on. [[http://www.yaplog.jp/cv/milukyun/img/145/miluu3_p.jpg The effect is often adorable, but it doesn't make it less creepy.]]
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[[folder: Other]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18867_5-creepy-ways-humans-are-plunging-into-uncanny-valley.html According to Paul K Pickett of]] ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eoljjang an internet trend among Korean girls]] of experimenting with cosmetics and digital manipulation in order to achieve their "best face".
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