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->''"Go upstairs, take off your makeup''
->''Fold your clothes neatly away."''
-->-- '''Music/JethroTull''', "Fire At Midnight"

The fashion industry would have you believe that without make-up, expensive designer clothes, and fancy hair-care, all women look like trolls. [[SheCleansUpNicely Hollywood is all too willing to pass that message along.]] Some women, however, are always gorgeous, even without the aforementioned fashion accessories. In fact, sometimes they are even better-looking that way.

For men this trope has slightly more mainstream recognition, probably because personal grooming [[{{Metrosexual}} is frequently seen as unmanly]].

It may stem from the notion that a woman who puts a great deal of effort into fixing herself up, on a regular basis no less, could be seen as shallow and superficial, caring only about her looks.

This trope is the inversion of SheCleansUpNicely, where a woman (or man) is just as appealing dressed down and casual as when they are trying to be fashionable. It can also be an [[MisaimedFandom audience's reaction]] to HollywoodHomely, in which case an attempt at [[SheCleansUpNicely SCUN]] will likely be seen as an UnnecessaryMakeover.

Be cautious about the application of this trope; RealityIsUnrealistic. An actor playing a role as a scruffy character has been carefully styled to appear that way on camera.

A SisterTrope to WhenSheSmiles, {{Meganekko}}, UglyCute and NerdsAreSexy. Can be seen as a SuperTrope to QuirkyCurls and PermaStubble. Contrast with CurlyHairIsUgly for a hair-specific variant.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* There's an ad for ''Five Hour Energy'', where a guy gets up, grumbling about how he hates mornings, until he pulls out the product, then the next we see him, he's dressed and shaved, saying "Let's do this!" If you watch the commercial beginning to end, you may notice he looks about ''10 years older'' when cleaned up.
* Similarly, there's a Hulu [[http://youtu.be/xVxhBH9Dsxw commercial]] in which a BigBeautifulWoman goes out for a night on the town, then attends a board meeting at work the next day. She looks far more youthful riding a motorcycle, dancing with disheveled hair and jumping into a swimming pool than she does in a drab business suit.
* An advertisement for Zzzquil, a sleep aid, depicts a number of people looking goofy while sleeping, then at the end shows an attractive woman waking up smiling with messy hair and bright, sparkling eyes. The point seems to be that you'll sleep deeply (the goofy sleeping people) and wake up refreshed (the attractive woman waking up).
* A Japanese governmental campaign to promote energy conservation has two characters, [[RightWayWrongWayPair Mirai and Ima]], in which Ima, a messy and lazy slob, receives instructions and tips from the organized, tidy Mirai. Early on, the campaign backfired in a way. Their target audience, Japanese teenagers and young men, found Ima's too-large and asymmetrical clothing, long, [[MessyHair messy]] hair, and sleepy demeanor to be more attractive than Mirai's overbearing and smug attitude.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The women in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', as a result of being soldiers. They don't have time for (or presumably access to) cosmetics, and most simply wear their hair short or put it up in a [[TomboyishPonytail messy ponytail]] to keep it out of the way. This doesn't stop them from being attractive, in particular [[DudeMagnet Krista]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** [[NationsAsPeople Greece]] says in one strip that he doesn't want Japan to see his hair getting frizzy in the rain, but Japan honestly doesn't see any difference from the way his hair looks normally. And him having 'bed hair' all the time doesn't stop Japan from [[ShipTease implicitly finding him attractive enough to sleep with]].
** England is scrawny, has messy, frizzy hair (well, as [[GenericCuteness frizzy as the series allows]]) and has bushy eyebrows. It wouldn't be a stretch to say he's got ''the'' most fangirls. However, WordOfGod did say that his eyebrows are plucked.
** Lithuania has long [[HotBloodedSideburns messy hair]] in the earlier strips, with his [[{{Workaholic}} busy and hard-working nature]] causing him to probably not care much about his looks, his features are [[HollywoodHomely "plain"]], and...at least, Russia [[StalkerWithACrush seems to]] [[{{Yandere}} have a thing]] for him. [[ArtEvolution Later strips]] give Lithuania much prettier hair.
* [[LadyOfWar Casca]] from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is often noted as one. Being a mercenary, she keeps her hair short and wears men's clothing and non-{{Stripperiffic}} armor. While people comment on the way she dresses, she is often considered to be very beautiful.
** [[spoiler: After [[GoMadFromTheRevelation losing her sanity after the Eclipse]], Casca retains this trope in a very different way. While her hair grows out and she switches to simple dresses, she still appears disheveled as TheOphelia. This does not stop people from finding her SoBeautifulItsACurse.]]
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' looks like he just crawled out from under the bed with hair that he probably never brushes, solid black eyes, extreme bags under said eyes, wears the same plain, baggy clothing every single day, is extremely pale/thin, and DoesNotLikeShoes. That doesn't stop him from having a legion of fangirls.
** In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' vein, right after being released from fifty or so days of captivity, [[GenkiGirl Misa]] [[PerkyGoth Amane]] spends the entirety of the next scene [[LettingHerHairDown without her hair]] in her customary GirlishPigtails, not wearing a bit of makeup, and dressed in what looked like [[WomanInWhite baggy, plain white pyjamas.]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/17DNNormalMisa_1688.jpg More or less like this]].
* ''Anime/LesMiserablesShojoCosette'': Gavrooche, Eponine and Azelma fulfill this trope. All the three face poverty and become disheveled as a consequence, but that does not stop any of them to be either adorable (Gavroche and Azelma) or outright beautiful (Eponine). That happens even if their parents, the Thénardiers, are not very good-looking.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Rei Ayanami is often considered this by fans. Not that she would need a makeover to look nice...
** Whenever Asuka gets rid of those signature hair clips of hers, but especially near the end, when she just stops caring, manages to look infinitely more mature. Arguably, this was done on purpose to emphasize that, at her core, she is still just a child despite all her efforts to not appear to be.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** As shown in episode 17, Kyouya still looks good even when he's literally dragged out of bed in frumpy clothes and bed hair.
** Haruhi often looks her most adorable in clothes that don't look like they cost a small fortune.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Misty considers herself a great beauty despite not wearing any sort of makeup, pretty hairstyles, or fancy clothes. Of course, this didn't stop her from ''trying'' for a makeover in the episode "Pokemon Fashion Flash." [[CosmeticCatastrophe Big]] [[HumiliationConga mistake]], [[WhatAnIdiot Misty.]]
** Episode 63 of [=XY=] is a [[VillainEpisode Team Rocket themed episode]]. Jessie usually wears makeup however due to circumstances she spends the entire episode in a cardigan with no makeup and a slightly [[MessyHair messy ponytail]]. It's one of the extremely few episodes with her and no makeup; she had it on even in her SickEpisode. Jessie looks just as pretty as ever and catches the eye of a doctor. She ponders leaving Team Rocket to be with him but decides against it in the end.
* Mika of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' has MessyHair that does nothing to detract from his {{Bishonen}} looks.
* Oft-mentioned novelist Takatsuki Sen turns out to be one in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. Just prior to seeing her for the first time, Kaneki describes her as so beautiful that she has fans only interested in her looks. However, we've never seen her without MessyHair and quirky outfits suggesting part of her appeal is that she's a natural beauty. [[spoiler: And she also happens as the BigBad. And many chapters later at the sequel, she cut her hair neatly short before she publicly announced herself as a ghoul alongside announcing her retirement and the release of her final book.]]
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Satomi has [[BoyishShortHair short, mussy hair]], along with BeautyMark just beneath the corner of her left eye, and has a naturally athletic figure from years of martial arts training. All of which caused [[LipstickLesbian Yuuki]] to become infatuated with her at first sight, though Satomi [[DudeNotFunny didn't appreciate]] Yuuki [[DepravedHomosexual coming onto her.]]
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Yuki used to wear ''a lot'' of makeup and wore a wig whenever she was outside. In later volumes she ditched the makeup and grew her hair out after being inspired by Nitori's sixth grade teacher. Her hair is apparently not all that combed either, and she's switches between casual and feminine attire often.
** Takatsuki's hair is often unkempt and [[ExpressiveHair expressive]], though he does also tend to comb it into a very tidy look.
* Cher from ''Anime/WolfsRain'' usually has disheveled hair because of her hectic working conditions.
* Souta's novelist sister [[MostWritersAreWriters Izu]][[{{Hikikomori}} mi]] from ''Manga/{{Working}}'' doesn't wear makeup, constantly has ink smudges on her face, has moderately messy hair, and just has a bedraggled appearance in general. Still, she is no less beautiful because of this, but is possibly ''more'' beautiful ''because'' of it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} wears her hair in simple styles (usually long and loose, less frequently in a ponytail or braided, but never done elaborately), doesn't wear makeup (the exception being during her prostitute days in ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}''), and eschews fashionable dress (an attempt by Jubilee to give her a makeover in Paris left Laura distinctly uncomfortable), with a personal style that is either gothic, strictly functional, or casual, or varying combinations thereof. She's also considered to be quite a beautiful young woman.
* Betty from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' is a tomboyish girl who doesn't wear make-up and, apart from early decades, dresses in attire like tees more than anything. This puts her in contrast with her friend Veronica, who dresses up in expensive designer brands and wears make-up. Veronica does tend to give some of her clothes to Betty though.
* [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] seems to actively avoid brushing his hair most of the time, and usually dresses in baggy clothes or minimally (tank tops, shorts, baggy shirts) and is also a bit of a slob. He's also depicted as one of the most attractive men in the DC universe, even among the [[BeautifulElite attractive Bat-family]].

* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': In this ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fanfic [[RebelliousPrincess Luthien]] IS the most beautiful woman in the world. Even if her hair is unruly and badly cut, her dress tattered and dirty, she is wearing no jewelry and she has been wandering in the woodland for days with little rest... she will still look strikingly gorgeous.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Shinji always thought that [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] looked [[HeroesWantRedheads beautiful]] -[[AmazonChaser and/or hot]]- not matter what (although in the chapter 21 she had a makeover and his legs quit on him).
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] is a {{Tomboy}} {{Tsundere}} but she always looks beautiful, even if she is [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/920334/051/ sleeping]] or [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1794691/025/ she looks completely haggard]]. However when she has a makeover [[http://grummancat.deviantart.com/art/Something-About-The-Way-You-Look-Tonight-533558636 she is downright striking]].
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In chapter 11 Asuka wakes up and does not bother with brushing her hair, thinking that Shinji would not notice. However he DID notice... and he thought that she looked really, really stunning.
* Velvet in ''FanFic/TheCommission'' is still the BadassAdorable she is in canon, just one with a fashion sense that drives [[TheFashionista Coco]] up a wall.
* [[Franchise/StargateVerse Samantha Carter]] in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-27400/DianeCastle+Xander+and+Yet+ANOTHER+Demon.htm Xander and Yet ANOTHER Demon]]'' is noted by Xander as clearly not trying to be attractive: no makeup, a masculine haircut, and wearing standard [=BDUs=] and combat boots. Yet he still thinks she looks just as gorgeous as Anise and could easily be a model if she wanted to.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Merida in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' has [[WildHair long, untamed hair]] and spends a significant portion of the movie in a ripped up dress and covered in dirt smudges. She still manages to look cute as a button, though.
* Vanellope von Schweetz and Sergeant Calhoun from ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
* Maria Posada from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', as pointed out by some jealous GirlPosse in the corrida's audience: ''"she's so natural!"''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Janie in ''Film/AnotherTimeAnotherPlace'' does a lot of agricultural grunt work and looks suitably roughed up, but despite this she is by no means unattractive.
* In ''Film/BetterOffDead'', French foreign-exchange student Monique looks very sexy fixing Lane's car with grease on her face.
* In the old Creator/JohnWayne and Creator/RobertMitchum western ''Film/ElDorado'', Mississippi ends up in a brief scuffle with the daughter of a nearby rancher when he thinks she is one of the bad guy's Mooks sneaking up on the Sheriff's office. Mississippi remarks after they stop fighting that she looks like "A mustang in need of a comb."
* Creator/DaryaMelnikova in ''Cinderella Four By Four'' has got a WrenchWench [[http://kino-teatr.ru/kino/acter/w/ros/12447/foto/5277/ appeal going on]].
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': The make-up department tried to make Creator/PierceBrosnan look as unattractive as possible after James Bond had been imprisoned and beaten up for 14 months, yet the director undid some of its intended effect by giving the actor a gratuitous ShirtlessScene, so Bond still appears quite healthy (and remains at least somewhat desirable in the eyes of Brosnan's fangirls) in spite of the long-term torture.
* [[Creator/ZooeyDeschanel Trillian]] in her first main story scene in TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Pretty much looks like she just got up. And yet, Arthur is the one who never changes his damn clothes.
* [[Creator/UmaThurman The Bride]] in ''Film/KillBill''. Being an assassin is hard work, and it shows--she's frequently sweaty and messy-haired, if not covered in dirt and blood.
* In the film ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'', Janey Briggs is said to be ugly because she is wearing [[HollywoodHomely overalls with paint on them, glasses and a pony tail]]. [[ParodiedTrope This is considered worse than girls with actual deformities]]. Of course, she is good looking that way, as well as when SheCleansUpNicely later. This is a parody of the UnnecessaryMakeover in ''Film/ShesAllThat.''
* Invoked in ''Film/RedCliff''--top model and idol Lin Chiling plays Xiao Qiao, whose very first scene has her very sweaty and untidy indeed as she's involved in the difficult delivery of a newborn foal.
* Creator/MaryElizabethWinstead in ''Film/TheThing2011'' prequel, all sweaty and her hair in disarray... Oh, and she's carrying what appears to be a flame-thrower.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Even while undergoing a MessOfWoe after [[spoiler:Frigga's death]], [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]'s untidy appearance doesn't diminish his physical beauty. His long, wavy mane is all tangled, he has been clawing at his shirt, and his bare foot is blood-stained, but there's absolutely nothing to mar his [[PrettyBoy delicate facial features]], not even a 5 o'clock shadow.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'': Both title characters wear odd clothing and look like they haven't combed their hair in days, yet are nonetheless fashionably unkempt.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Charles' appearance in 1973 is rather sloppy and disheveled, especially in comparison to the other movies, yet he is still an attractive man. This was done on purpose by the filmmakers (the producers insisted that Creator/JamesMcAvoy keep his hair), and it conveniently evokes the LooksLikeJesus trope, as Christ is often depicted as being handsome in art.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The director sought to elicit this trope when Professor X is losing the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind against the titular antagonist. Xavier's hair is in disarray, he's smeared with blood, and the worst thing one can say about his appearance is that he looks like a stained [[PrettyBoy porcelain doll]]. The photogenic close-ups spell out to the audience that Charles is the "beauty" and "cutie" in BeautyEqualsGoodness and BreakTheCutie.
* While she's known for straight out BeautyInversion, as in ''Film/{{Monster}}'', Creator/CharlizeTheron appears to lean toward this trope in ''Film/YoungAdult''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the Whistler sisters are mentioned to be exceptionally beautiful, and all they do for their looks is keep their hair short, in a military fashion. It's pretty much the same with all good-looking women, as make-up isn't really worn by women. (Only by whores, who all pretend to be male, due to male GenderRarityValue and the resulting demand)
* Marianne Engel from ''Literature/TheGargoyle'' is this in her worst times, when she is either in asylum or frantically carving her gargoyles.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', [[CuteMute Ciarra]] runs around with uncombed hair and bare feet, much to the chagrin of her lady in waiting. Her cousin Beckram apparently still thinks that her hair is lovely.
* ''Literature/DragonBlood'' has [[spoiler: Tisala]], who Ward remarks is very attractive ... even after having barely survived a fight against bandits, and looking like it. As he admired her toughness more than her beauty in the first place, that was to be expected.
* Lyanna Stark from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' [[{{Tomboy}} preferred swordplay and horseback riding to needlework]] and fittingly had a beauty that was described as "wild," in contrast to the more conventionally lovely women of her time, such as Cersei Lannister.
* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, Gaia Moore is often described as beautiful, despite the fact that she usually just wears whatever clean thing she can pull out from under her bed.
** In one book, a male character rates females on the "Firehose Scale," which measures how attractive a girl would be immediately after being blasted by a firehose.
* In the ''Literature/SymphonyOfAges'' Rhapsody gains an unearthly beauty after traveling through the pure flame at the center of the world. Virtually every man she encounters after that is dumbstruck by her beauty, even though she's usually wearing highly practical clothing. Even when she was clad in rags, mud, and various pieces of debris from bushes, her beauty was enough that many locals mistook her for a nature spirit.
* Piper from Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus is described as looking beautiful to Jason, even though her hair is cut choppily, she's wearing a jeans and a parka, and her t-shirt is all torn up.
** Percy himself might qualify as a male variation. He suffers from a perpetual case of bedhead, can't afford to be a SharpDressedMan, and frequently "looks like death", in his own words, due to his....[[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne exciting lifestyle.]] Still, he's never exactly hurting for female attention, or [[ClosetKey even male]].
* Eponine from ''Literature/LesMiserables''. We're told that a life of poverty has been horrible to her, and now she's skin and bones with stringy hair, probably smudges of dirt, [[TheOphelia an unhealthy mind]], even missing teeth. Despite all of this, she still looks good enough to be described with a star metaphor at one point.
* In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheChangeling'', Ivy Carson is repeatedly described in these terms. She is actually called "unkempt" and "pitiful looking" by adults who see only her huge mass of impossibly curly black hair and her scroungy clothes. Her friend Martha thinks she is beautiful. At thirteen, she looks worse than ever by normal standards; she can sit on her long thick braid, wears no makeup and cannot afford to dress stylishly, nor does she particularly want to. Martha still sees Ivy as beautiful, and so did illustrator Alton Raible, [[http://www.dreamshore.net/images/raible/newmagic.jpg who portrayed her as fairylike]] -- half-shoujo, half-[[Film/BigEyes Keane Painting]].
* Jam the [[TheJeeves butler]] from the ''Literature/ErecRex'' series. When he's done up in his usual fashion, with his hair slicked back and in fine clothes, he looks stiff and unapproachable. But when his hair gets mussed up and he loses some of the fancier parts of his uniform (like his jacket and bow tie), he not only looks more handsome, but much friendlier as well.
* In ''Literature/ParadiseLost,'' Eve is introduced with this sort of appearance.
* Katniss in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' looks quite nice before she gets prettied up for the games. As the books portray the decadence of the Capitol as something negative, it is likely intended that the reader view her as an unkempt beauty who actually looks better without all those beauty treatments she's given prior to the games.
* ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Mission of Honor]]'' explicitly points out that, even dragged out of bed after midnight in a bathrobe and nightgown with bedhead and absolutely no makeup on, President Eloise Pritchart is ''still'' the most beautiful person in any given room, and probably the city. If not the continent. Even if everyone else ''in'' said room (or city, or continent) is dressed up to the nines.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/ShamelessUS'', Fiona skips the makeup, hairstyling, and even neglects to wear a bra on occasion: she still attracts at least half a dozen men over two seasons, even [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer one woman]]. Emmy Rossum has said that she spends five minutes in the make-up trailer, just long enough to rub mascara around her eyes. She still manages to look like [[http://img.poptower.com/pic-39432/emmy-rossum.jpg?d=600 this]]
* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', River Tam has long tangly hair, pale, unhealthy skin, bags under her eyes, and minimal makeup; this does not stop the fandom from adoring her, and several characters in-series remark upon her attractiveness. It helps that she's played by Creator/SummerGlau, see below.
** On the same note, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' usually had Jewel Staite in homey overalls and occasionally [[WrenchWench covered in grease]]. As [[TheMedic Simon]] says, Kaylee looks good ''especially'' covered in engine grease.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. Gregory House has big bags underneath his eyes, PermaStubble, and bed hair. His rugged, unkempt look is actually ''more'' attractive than the one and only time we see him clean shaven and smartly dressed. Too bad his [[JerkAss personality flaws]] take away from it. [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Or not.]] Specifically a patient once said that Ashton Kutcher and House have the "same bedroom eyes."
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'': Kara "Starbuck" Thrace wears no visible makeup, dresses in military-issue clothing, and is frequently seen bloody-faced, sweaty, and tired, with her golden hair either messed up or in a utilitarian, all-business ponytail.
** SheCleansUpNicely too, but is staggeringly gorgeous in her natural state.
* John Glover as [[Series/{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]].
* Misha Collins as the angel Castiel in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. You'd think an angel with stubble, perpetual bedhead, rumpled tie, and hobo trenchcoat wouldn't be that attractive, but he ''is''. In fact, some people have turned every aspect of his ruffled appearance into outright fetish fuel.
* Summer from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. In flashbacks to her old life as a RichBitch she looks alright, all dolled up in a party dress and loads of make-up, but many will agree she's much hotter in her biker gear, with her hair loose and a little bit of dirt.
* Most will agree that Kate (Evangeline Lily) from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' looked far, FAR more attractive with scruffy clothes, messy hair and minimal makeup on the island than she did all done up on the mainland.
* There were four women on ''Series/RobinHood'' and at least three of them looked much nicer when they were "roughed up" a bit. Marian (Lucy Griffiths) looked gorgeous when her hair was loose and her clothes unkempt, Djaq (Anjali Jay) made her SweetPollyOliver a true {{Bifauxnen}} and had [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer many straight females questioning their preferences]], and Isabella (Lara Pulver) was infinitely more beautiful with her hair wild and her GorgeousPeriodDress all askew. The {{aversion}} was Joanna Froggat as Kate, who was given two rather dreadful hairstyles (one which was known as [[FanNickname "the forehead braid"]]), but who looked her best during the only scene in which she had to tie her hair up off her face, showing off her high cheekbones.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Robin qualifies. When trying to convince her not to move in with Ted, Barney asks her how she's going to feel when Ted sees her without makeup. She informs him that she's not wearing makeup right now. His response? "Holy crap, you're beautiful!"
* In an episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Hilary's boyfriend Trevor comes over, finding her wearing baggy clothes, not wearing makeup and wearing her hair down. She's horrified that he's seeing her like this, but he's genuinely blown away by how attractive she looks. Then Jazz comes over and tells Hilary she could stand to fix herself up. Fortunately, we are meant to disagree with Jazz.
* Shane from ''Series/TheLWord''. Her hair was always a mess (this despite her being a hairdresser), she never wore makeup and dressed casually at best. And yet she never lacked for [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer appreciation.]]
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCcJJfhdf_o "Body Care and Grooming"]], we are presented with two versions of the same woman--first with her hair messy, her blouse wrinkled, her socks mismatched, etc.--and then cleaned up, prim and proper, [[TheFifties Fifties]]-style. Although the makers of the short clearly mean the "clean" woman to be more attractive, Joel and the bots (Crow especially) prefer the "sloppy" woman, feeling that the clean version is bland-looking and generic while the sloppy woman has an appealing quirkiness about her. Regardless, the message is lost when it's clear that the actress was incredibly attractive either way.
** The first host segment has the 'bots debating on whether the woman looks better messy (Crow) or clean(Servo). Joel admits they both made good points, but "Crow's right.".
* Jeremy Brett's morning hair is {{Adorkable}} in ''[[Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle]]''.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Doctor's Wife'' features Idris, a beautiful woman who is a mess due to having fallen through a hole in space-time. [[spoiler: She dies at the beginning of the episode and her body becomes host to the soul of the TARDIS.]]
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Lorelai and Paris have each said that they envy Rory for being able to wake up in the morning and look great.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Faith, in a [[BettyAndVeronica deliberate contrast]] to Buffy's ever-groomed look.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/JossWhedon going for the double: Fred is the UnkemptBeauty to Cordelia's well-groomed look. Eventually, Fred discovers civilization and stops being this though.
* Morgana and Guinevere play this out as part of their HourglassPlot in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Guinevere starts out as very plain and gradually becomes ProgressivelyPrettier, whilst Morgana is a perfectly-groomed lady who eventually ends up living in a hovel with dirty hair and dark makeup. Fan reaction varies wildly.
* In the Canal + series "Borgia"(no, not the ShowTime series ''Series/TheBorgias''), the characters Lucrezia Borgia, Giulia Farnese, and Sancia Squillace(d'Aragona) are played by German/Russian actress Isolda Dychauk, Italian actress Marta Gastini, and Czech actress Eliska Krenkova respectively. Since the series has actress in costume with either little or no make up at all, the actresses for these three characters are naturally quite pretty.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Penny as perfectly willing to chill at home in an oversized college football t-shirt and her hair messily pulled up. It's become a recurring joke that she KNOWS how to dress up and knock it out of the park when she wants to, she just chooses not to. This is more evident in later seasons, as the first few seasons had her mostly in {{fanservice}} heavy tank tops and short shorts. Although it was averted in an episode with [[JustOneMoreLevel her getting addicted to an MMORPG]], as her hair got greasy and frayed and her skin blotchy.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' Elliot runs to the hospital on her day off to get some advice from Turk without J.D. knowing she was there. Turk comments that she looks different and she remarks offhand she didn't bother putting any make-up on. It is subtle but a theme of the episode was that CharacterDevelopment doesn't eliminate ALL of your issues, as while Elliot proved to still be neurotic there were previous episodes that had her obsessing over her appearance despite the fact she obviously didn't have to try so hard.
* Dr Patrick Turner, from ''Series/CallTheMidwife''. The more rumpled and bedheaded he is, the more the fangirls seem to like him. It ''really'' doesn't hurt that Stephen [=McGann=] (yes, [[Creator/PaulMcGann Paul's]] brother) carries off the "world-weary and careworn older gent" look like nobody's business.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In Season 5, the normally well-dressed and elaborately-coiffed Margaery Tyrell [[spoiler: is arrested by the Faith and placed in a dank dark cell and therefore]] is shown dirty, disheveled, and in rags. It's still NatalieDormer, though, and she still looks gorgeous!
** Though Arya Stark spent the last few seasons dressed in filthy clothes and messy hair, she is quite cute.
* In contrast with the other women on ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'', whose hair is usually either done up, curled or bobbed, Patti wears her long hair down, showing that she's an independent free spirit.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Myth/ClassicalMythology has Beroe, daughter of Adonis and goddess Aphrodite. She was specifically noted for never using a mirror and not wearing make-up or jewellery, yet her natural beauty was still enough to drive her suitors crazy.
** To a lesser extent, all goddesses who weren't overly concerned with their beauty - ever heard of an ugly goddess? Artemis bathed occasionally, but other than that, it is not known that she did anything for her looks. As a virgin goddess, she had no reason to cater to the MaleGaze, and jewellery is rather impractical for a hunter. And she was still beautiful enough that at least one mortal man gave his life to stare at her.
*** A goddess of virginity who was ugly wouldn't make sense. One has to be wanted before refusal means anything.

[[folder: {{Music}}]]
* Music/{{Lights}}. Even with hair that is often unruly (except for her [[DistinctiveAppearances trademark combed-over fringe]]) and a minimal amount of makeup (she is rarely seen without eyeliner), Lights still retains [[{{Moe}} a natural cuteness]]. Many fans can't help but fall in love with her, especially {{when she smiles}}.
* The Music/NoDoubt music video for '"Underneath It All" shows Music/GwenStefani gradually wearing more "plain" clothing and makeup, becoming more attractive with each step.
* Music/CourtneyLove in her heyday frequently wore tattered babydoll dresses and bright red lipstick ''in the vicinity of'' her mouth rather than ''on'' her mouth, and appeared to be completely unacquainted with the concept of hairbrushes. She cleans up occasionally now, but 'messy' is still her most iconic look.
* Speaking of Music/CourtneyLove, her husband, rock icon Music/KurtCobain was also seen as this. Once you got past the generic clothing, the messy hair (which became a trend setting hair style) and his messy facial hair, he was otherwise a handsome man to many people, including Love, who often compared him to Creator/BradPitt.
* The country song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmekzvbKrF8 "Gimme That Girl" by Joe Nichols]] is about this trope.
* The Adam Gregory song "Crazy Days":
--> ''Don't worry 'bout what to wear''
--> ''Those faded cut-off jeans are my favorite pair''
--> ''Don't go messing with your hair''
--> ''Let it all blow around''
* Here's what Music/TaylorSwift looks like [[http://www.taylorpictures.net/displayimage.php?pid=17538&fullsize=1 without makeup]].
* Katiejane Garside of Daisy Chainsaw/Queen Adreena/Ruby Throat is an amazing exemplar of it [[http://katiejanegarside.com/gallery.html]]. NSFW.
* Implied about the girl sung about in "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" by Sammy Kershaw given that a lyric comments "Mornin' comes and her hair's all a mess. That's when she thinks she looks her worst. It's times like this she don't know why I can't take my eyes off her".
* The Lucius song "Wildewoman":
-->Her eyes are light and clear
-->And fearless like Chicago winds in the winter time
-->And her hair is never quite in place
-->And the knees in her jeans have seen better days
-->And she's no beauty queen but you love her anyway
-->She's a wildewoman
* Music/JanisJoplin had this look, though reportedly her personal hygiene left something to be desired.
* One of the things the singer of Before You Exit's "I Like That" likes about their crush is her lack of makeup.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* From ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' we have [[{{Characters/Pathfinder}} Amiri the barbarian]]. [[http://paizo.com/image/content/CrimsonThrone/PZO9010-Barbarian.jpg See?]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From other characters' dialogue in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', Elanee (being a druid) is constantly rather dirty, has never touched a comb/toothbrush in her life, and smells rather earthy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}'', Kaoru Tanamachi's most distinctive feature is her [[MemeticMutation SEX HAIR]], and many fans believe that she's much more appealing because of it.
* From ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', Gulcasa's [[RapunzelHair knee-length hair]] is always rumpled-looking and flyaway--so much so that when character designers wanted to conceal his identity for [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion the prequel]], the most important alteration was his tying it back neatly in a ponytail. General consensus seems to be that he looks more mature (and [[ViewerGenderConfusion more masculine]]) with it loose and messy.
* Heather from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
** Henry and Walter from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' qualify as well, the former being a man who hasn't showered, changed clothes, or gotten a good night sleep in about five days; and the latter being a serial killer.
** The character artist and CGI director for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', Sato Takayoshi, invoked this with Maria's overtly sexual design while giving her age spots, [[AuthorAppeal believing a woman with flaws to be more appealing and realistic.]]
* Another male example is the hero from the ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'' series. Although his later incarnations become slightly less unkempt with each game, the original has long, wild hair and a tattered cape that makes it look like somebody took a potential {{Bishounen}} and left him to be RaisedByWolves. [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/1/18585/950213-bof1_ryu_super.jpg This is how you make an attractive dragon-themed character, people.]]
* [[ActionGirl Alyx Vance]] from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Yet despite her patchwork clothes she does look rather good for living in a CrapsackWorld.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fatal Frame IV|Mask of the Lunar Eclipse}}'' has Sakuya Haibara with long, beautiful hair that is disheveled and sometimes hangs into her face. Given her [[IllGirl illness]], she likely doesn't have the priority to take care of it or her attacks make her too crazy to care. Despite that, several notes (and even Misaki) mention how beautiful Sakuya always looks.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Fang's hair is pretty wild, hangs in her face at times and generally can't be tamed... and she looks just wonderful like that.
* Nami from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' wears more modern and casual clothes than most in the game; sneakers, a plaid vest, cargo shorts, and a tee. In the original game she had straight, combed hair but in all future titles she has messy hair that looks like she just climbed out of bed. Nami is by far the [[EnsembleDarkhorse most popular]] bachelorette in the Forget-Me-Not Valley games and even appeared in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' as a reporter.
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Satomi's hair is always short and mussy, because [[PerpetualPoverty she lives in poverty]], so [[ImNotPretty she's self-conscious about her looks]] compared to the other waitresses. [[LipstickLesbian Yuuki]] begs to differ, because Satomi's cute regardless of her hair, or even ''[[CharmPoint because]]'' of it. Which is accentuated by the BeautyMark on her left cheek and her natural athleticism. All reasons why Yuuki nurses [[IncompatibleOrientation a one-sided crush]] on her.
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'': In contrast to all of her Wonderland outfits, London Alice's dress is tattered and dirty, while her face is pale, gaunt, and lacks her usual lipstick and eyeshadow. And yet, [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/americanmcgeesalice/images/8/8a/Alice%27s_dress_designs.png/revision/latest?cb=20150223114504 she still looks just as lovely.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia Skies of Arcadia: Legends]]'': [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak Aika]] is what you'd get if you re-imagined ''Literature/PippiLongstocking'' as an [[SkyPirate Air Pirate.]] Marco even calls her, "Scarecrow Hair", because [[MegaTwinTails her massive pigtails]] look more like corn stalks and stick out like a pair of handlebars. Which didn't stop [[CasanovaWannabe Vigoro]] from getting [[VillainousCrush hot and bothered]] when he first saw her, and spends the rest of the game ''[[HopelessSuitor trying]]'' [[LustObject to get her in the sack.]]
* In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' one of the Squid Sisters lines has Callie complaining that redoing her make-up after each battle is a bother, to which Marie states Callie doesn't even wear make-up. In both the North American and European translations it instead becomes Marie making a snide comment about how she doesn't wear make-up, unlike Callie, and is naturally pretty.
* Blackwall from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' serves as one. He has long, black hair with an equally long scruffy beard to match for it and is quite dashing. A female protagonist may even have the option of romancing him if she wishes.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': The nameless protagonist is this ''in spades''. He has a shock of curly, tousled black hair, bad posture, and hands that are perpetually shoved into his pockets, but he's easily the sexiest character in the game, and just as easily the sexiest lead from the series as a whole.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* The two unnamed characters in ''Magan&Danai'' show off this trope. When one of the women wakes up her girlfriend is already getting dressed. The woman gets dressed and her girlfriend is ''still'' getting ready.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Website/UrbanDictionary refers to this trope as "[[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot%20mess hot mess]]".
* A lot of "Natural Nudes" websites go for this angle, exemplifying the unaltered beauty of the female form.
* Widget of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She's very attractive, but she doesn't use makeup and she just slaps a bicycle cap over her hair, then jumps into baggy clothes and maybe a labcoat. She has a huge crush on Thunderbird, who thinks of her as a 'pal'.
* The three male leads (Alex, Jay and Tim) from WebVideo/MarbleHornets. They dress in baggy thermals and hoodies, sport MessyHair and CreepyShadowedUndereyes, and generally look as if they haven't slept in weeks (as per the nature of the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos mythos]]). This hasn't stopped the female fanbase from crushing on them ''one bit''.
** Jessica from Season 2 is an in-universe example. Same unhealthy pale skin, [[CreepyShadowedUndereyes dark circles]] and rumpled clothes, but Jay is noticeably tongue-tied around her. Many viewers also found her quite attractive.
** ''Most'' protagonists in the mythos suit this trope (not to mention a few ''[[EvilIsSexy an]]''[[EvilIsSexy tagonists]]). It's become a running joke in the fandom that in order to star in a Slenderverse vlog, you must possess the kind of good looks that hold up under constant insomnia, SanitySlippage and being [[{{Squick}} splattered with blood.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': There's a reason many fans of the series have declared themselves "Korra-sexual". It's because she combines [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Korra_The_Legend_of_Korra.jpg this trope]] with AmazonianBeauty. This becomes even more pronounced in season 4 when she gives herself an ImportantHaircut and spend several episodes wandering in the wilderness with a visible black eye, averting BeautyIsNeverTarnished.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Cadence in some scenes of the season two finale.
** The brief moment in "Sisterhood Social" where Rarity is standing the rain. Her mane dripping wet and she looks [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXrpRJV_8yU great]].
** Twilight sports a rugged bedhead in "Bridal Gossip" that looks pretty good, while her disheveled manecut in "It's About Time" (courtesy of misapplied dragon fire) makes her look ''badass''.
** In "Simple Ways", Trenderhoof falls for Applejack while she's working on the farm, seeing her through a CrushFilter and describing her as "beautiful" even when she's covered in mud and sweat.
* Most of the female characters in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' fit the trope, including Marceline, Betty, Doctor Princess, Canyon and even Princess Bubblegum (especially in [[HotScientist her scientist attire]]).
** [[spoiler:Finn's mother]] in the 2-part fifth season premiere.
* Sadira on ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''. Jasmine was also this whenever she dressed down in some form (like when she became a street rat in the episode "Sand Switch").
* Lance in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' tries combing his hair neatly for his high school's dance but ends up keeping it in its usual messy style. He already had plenty of fangirls before he tried this.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/AmberBenson, often seen at [[OneOfUs conventions]], wearing such [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/nullasalus/amber%20benson/amber-benson-houston-convention--3.jpg casual]] [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/nullasalus/amber%20benson/amber-benson-pop-culture-con-mar-6.jpg attire]] as a [[Music/TheRamones Ramones]] t-shirt, cargo shorts, and gigantic boots. Ask any fanboy, they'll say she's just as sexy dressed down like that as [[OfCorsetsSexy wearing a corset]] [[http://crushingclams.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/amber-benson-31.jpg in Maxim]].
* Creator/SummerGlau certainly seems to have this trait, as she looks more attractive and beautiful ''without'' makeup. This is especially noticeable with her characters in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' and is rather striking in ''[[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Deadly Honeymoon]]'', where there are scenes showing the characters without much makeup and later with it - and the difference is amazing. With the makeup, Summer looks like a doll, while without it, she looks very real and natural.
** On that note, behold: [[http://www.summer-glau.net/gallery/albums/LA%20BTS/LA_BTS_001.jpg Summer Glau]] [[http://www.summer-glau.net/gallery/albums/LA%20BTS/LA_BTS_002.jpg in a]] [[http://www.summer-glau.net/gallery/albums/LA%20BTS/LA_BTS_003.jpg potato sack]] (or approximation thereof).
* TruthInTelevision: Sometimes tabloids print photos of celebrities caught without makeup. The point of this is obvious; as pointed out in the header, the fashion industry wants us to think we all look like trolls without their products. A while back, a paparazzi caught a snapshot of Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal coming home from some awards show. Apparently, even tired, disheveled, and (possibly) hung over, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Maggie_Gyllenhaal_11.jpg she's freaking gorgeous]]. She's most definitely wearing make up, though, and neither her hair nor her clothes are below average for any woman in public.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe once posed in a [[note]]form-fitting, tailored, with fringe on the bottom[[/note]] potato sack, just to prove to everyone what they already knew.
** Also, she was discovered ''[[WrenchWench working in a factory]]''. (It was UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.)
** An apparently real candid shot of Marilyn without makeup was printed in the biography ''Goddess''. She looked startlingly like Ingrid Bergman, and the caption "Lovelier without makeup" was entirely deserved.
* Music/AmandaPalmer wears wacky costumes onstage, but there's plenty of pictures of her completely dressed down. She looks extremely different without dark lipstick and eyeliner on, but she still looks quite beautiful. And her hair is always unkempt looking.
* Creator/EvangelineLilly; supposedly the actors don't put on makeup when they're on [[Series/{{Lost}} an island far away from civilization]].
* Seychelle Gabriel dons a make-up free face as Lourdes in the post-apocalyptic universe of TNT's ''Series/FallingSkies''.
* The [[OlderThanSteam seventeenth-century poets]] Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/simplex-munditiis/ both wrote]] [[http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/disorder.htm poems about]] this trope.
* According to legend, Richard Burton proposed to Creator/ElizabethTaylor after seeing her freshly awoken, without make-up and with pillow hair, and wearing a decidedly unsexy flannel pyjamas.
* Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter seems nearly incapable of being a Kempt Beauty; any photo of her out of character will almost invariably have [[MessyHair her hair]] looking utterly wild.
* Creator/CliveOwen's bed surely travels with him. He always seems to have awoken up five minutes ago, even when he [[ShootEmUp kills mooks with carrots]].
* Creator/MiaWasikowska, when her hair is long, anyway, looks like a real life [[Series/{{Firefly}} River Tam]]. Her hair care routine seems to consist of two steps: 1. Wash it. 2. ''Maybe'' comb it.
* Creator/EdwardFurlong is this trope embodied. His hair is always long and messy, his clothes are always loose and he's partial to plaid flannel shirts and torn jeans, yet he's quite the MrFanservice, especially in his youth.
** Lessened as of late, as chronic drug and alcohol abuse have taken their toll.
* Much of artist [[http://philnoto.tumblr.com/ Phil Noto]]'s work has this aesthetic, and he's cited 1960s pin-ups as a big influence on his style.
* Many of Annie Leibovitz's photos are of people undressed or dressed down, particularly a series in the book Women, featuring Vegas showgirls in and out of costume.
* Creator/MichelleRodriguez has a sexy down to Earth tough girl look with little to no make-up. Seeing her in a dress and all dolled up is unnerving to say the least.
* Music/{{Beyonce}} [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/beyonce-bikini-singer-goes-au-naturel-yacht_n_2130283.html without makeup]].
* Invoked by the PowersThatBe behind the Official Stargate Conventions when they started offering two options for photo ops with Michael Shanks: scruffy, unkempt Michael or the suavely dressed, shaven version.
* Former child star Mara Wilson tends to have this look when she shows up in the occasional "where are they now" type article. According to the woman herself, photographers just have a knack for catching her when her hair is a mess.
* Ladies and gentlemen, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bn21a4-IEAAT-nT.png make-up free selfie]].
* Also, Creator/EmiliaClarke [[http://uk.eonline.com/news/406400/game-of-thrones-star-emilia-clarke-stuns-without-makeup.html with no make up]]
* Spanish actor Jordi Mollà somehow keeps ending up looking like he just rolled out of bed in many of his, er, roles, notably in ''Film/BadBoysII'' and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riVNiwGSqYs his Bacardi spot]], even when he ''does'' clean up.
* Creator/MarkRuffalo [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/infinitely-polar-bear-2015 has been cited]] as "cinema's leading purveyor of rumpled, bed-headed sexiness". This is an ''incredibly'' accurate statement.
* Music/AliciaKeys opted for a more natural look, showcasing it for the cover art of her 2016 album ''Here''.
* In his younger days, [[Music/PearlJam Eddie]] [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_DmK19U8AAjFqW.jpg Vedder]]. Despite generally looking like he'd just thrown on whatever clothes came to hand when he'd gotten out of bed he had (and still has) plenty of fangirls (and fanboys). The Seattle grunge scene in general was rife with (primarily male, although not all) examples of this, including Chris Cornell (although Cornell's look was usually somewhat tidier than Vedder's)
** [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] takes the cake in some people's minds. Despite wearing increasingly contrived combinations of thrift-store trash (he got married on the beach while wearing only ugly plaid pajamas and a granny purse), and despite having perpetually greasy hair and {{permastubble}}, his sensitive, tormented expression and very blue eyes made him quite attractive to a lot of people. Anecdotally, quite a few men [[EvenTheGuysWantHim questioned their sexuality]] over Kurt.