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When a TV character wakes up in the morning, he or she is almost always impeccably groomed. You never see [[MessyHair bed-head]], [[PermaStubble stubbly beards]], or crusty eyes unless it's a story point, and even then it's usually just to emphasize either a late night drinking with friends, or a new baby that's making a lot of demands. But very often, women arise from eight hours' sleep with perfect makeup, without even a small smudge. In short, NotAMorningPerson definitely does not apply.

Often, this trope extends to characters emerging from a shower, swimming pool or the sea... or even to women who have [[NubileSavage no access to cosmetics]] whatsoever.

This has become a DiscreditedTrope, but it's still played straight in far too many shows. In animation this is usually due to a {{Lazy Artist}}'s LimitedWardrobe extending to hair and makeup. Compare MorningRoutine, where adding makeup/beautifying oneself will be shown. Subtrope of BeautyIsNeverTarnished.



* A UK advertisement for Nescafe involves several young adults waking up in a trashed flat after a night of wild partying, [[WhatDidIDoLastNight acting confused and awkward]], including an implied drunken sexual encounter between two of the characters. Yet despite all this, they all look as fresh-faced and tidy as if they had just arrived, rather than waking up the morning after. Not a hair out of place or a smudge of makeup in sight.
* Parodied in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86aVzMJQV64 advertisement for Superdrug]], in which the typically messy-looking couple each get out of bed and brush their teeth, do their hair and makeup etc. then returning back to bed when the other is not looking.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' does this inconsistently; on occasion, when getting up in the middle of the night to prank Yuuichi, Makoto will have her hair ribbons on. Akiko always seems to have her hair braided, sometimes ridiculously so, as well, regardless of the late hour.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Hilariously inverted in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', where we are treated to the sight of Anna waking up on Elsa's coronation day with a ridiculous bedhead that looks like it's gone through a tornado, is drooling out one side of her mouth, and is nibbling on a lock of hair with the other.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' contains a shot of Morticia lying in bed with her eyes closed and her trademark make up, including red lipstick, false lashes, and sparkly eye shadow. It is suggested that she is just waking up.
* ''Film/DangerDiabolik'' has Eva, the title character's supermodel-hot girlfriend/accomplice. Even though it seems like she spends hours on end rolling around in bed with her Uberthief lover (amid huge piles of money!), her elaborate glamor makeup is never less than flawless.
* Invoked in the Disney movie ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', where Giselle wakes up from a night spent on a couch with perfect hair and makeup, looking even better than when she went to bed. "She's a real princess!"
* ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'': Holly Golightly apparently has the power to spend the entire night partying and wake up the next morning with a fresh, flawless makeup job (mascara and all), with nary a smudge to be seen.
* Parodied in ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', where the hero gives his bed-head a HairReboot simply by passing a hand through it, making it perfectly combed and styled.
* There's an interesting moment in ''Film/Wishmaster2EvilNeverDies'' when Morgana makes a snide comment to a male character during a morning scene, "What the matter, never seen a woman without any makeup before?" even though she is clearly wearing makeup.
* In ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', Lisa spends the night in the car and wakes up with perfect eye makeup and lip gloss. Her hair is messy, but that's how she wears it normally. She does wipe eye boogers out of the corners, though.
* [[Film/JamesBond Bond girls]] are famous for this. Not only do they wake up the morning after an ''active'' night in bed with James with flawless make-up but their hair is unmussed ''and'' they are wearing all their jewelry (for some reason).
* Lampshaded in the opening scene of ''{{Film/Bridesmaids}}'' when Annie sneaks into the bathroom to put on some makeup before her bedmate wakes up.
* ''[[Film/WhatsYourNumber What's Your Number?]]'' opens with a woman putting on makeup before the man wakes up.
* ''Film/MarthaMarcyMayMarlene'': The title character's eye makeup is utterly unsmudged the morning after her sister and brother-in-law put her to bed following her FreakOut.
* Humorously averted with Rocket from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', who wakes up in one scene with his fur flattened on one side of his face.

* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{justified|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' when Piper gets a magical blessing that makes her appear perfectly groomed 24/7 for a few days. No matter if she just got out of bed, just finished a fight, or just deliberately mussed up her hair: It goes back to perfection within seconds.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Memorably averted in the episode "The Model School Teacher". The catty female reporter is pleased to see Miss Brooks unmade up, so she could portray her as poorly as possible.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', in the opening credits which show the titular character engaging in a morning routine that includes shaving off the stubble and flossing his teeth. It makes his PermaStubble that much more noticeable in the show proper.
* When ''Series/{{LazyTown}}'' character Stephanie is seen in the morning in a few episodes, she's not only got perfect hair, she slept in her headband (presumably because the headband is actually part of the wig), and she's wearing pink dance tights under her nightdress. An interesting, gender-swapped version is that villain Robbie Rotten wears obvious eye make-up, yet it is consistently perfect when he is seen waking. Hero Sportacus's clearly waxed pencil mustache is also always perfect upon waking.
* In ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', Kitty is once shown having just woken up. Her hair and make-up is not only perfect- she's wearing earrings.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': In the episode "Pharaoh's Daughter", when Duncan wakes up Nefertiti from her 2000-year slumber as a mummy, she still has perfect hair and makeup.
* Samantha on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' often emerged from bed with perfect hair and make-up, including false eyelashes. It could be [[AWizardDidIt magic]].
* In ''Series/CSIMiami'', Calleigh ends up having her car go into a swamp. When she emerges, her make-up is perfect.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Fourth Doctor regenerates with tidy, wavy auburn hair. A look which lasts all of five seconds before he [[MessyHair messes it up]]. Clearly to set up a [[ItsAllJunk solid rejection]] of the Third Doctor's [[TheDandy prissy]] attitude.
** Vira in "The Ark in Space" is revived after being a frozen corpse for millenia with some very 1975 light blue eyeshadow and absolutely solid helmet hair. Noah revives with his hair slicked back (the actor's natural hairstyle at the time, visible in rehearsal footage, had been QuirkyCurls SeventiesHair similar to Tom Baker's look).
** Averted with Rose in the first episode of the New Series - she wakes up the morning after meeting the Doctor bleary eyed and with terrible bed hair.
** The Tenth Doctor regenerates with gelled hair - and, as he happily points out, sideburns (but no beard other than that).
** The vat-grown soldier Jenny emerges from the creation machine with styled hair and noticeable eye makeup. RuleOfSexy and all that, with bonus points for being played by David Tennant's (then-future) wife. You can be sure that she was going to look her best on camera.
** In "Let's Kill Hitler", [[spoiler: River]] regenerates with makeup on, in a different style to how she'd been wearing it in her last body. RuleOfSexy again - the makeup is fairly similar to how she'd been wearing it in her last body and what looks good on [[spoiler: a young black woman]] might not suit [[spoiler: a middle-aged white woman]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' almost always has its female characters in makeup, no matter what their previous activities. Averted when Faith comes out of her coma; she wakes up with no lipstick.
* Many characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have impeccably styled hair, despite being stranded on a (presumably humid) tropical island without any obvious access to hair care products.
* The ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode ''Devil Doll'' features a DamselInDistress character who goes to bed with full mod '60's style makeup, complete with false eyelashes so long they could be used as diving boards. Later on in the story, she is stricken with a fever and the only alteration to her looks is a light mist that's been sprayed onto her forehead.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Lorelai Gilmore is often seen waking up in bed with hair and makeup in perfect place. In one episode, Luke is grumbling about her being at the diner so early in the morning, and Lorelai responds that she doesn't understand how he can be so mean "when I only managed to line one of my eyes." [[FacePalm She says this with both of her eyes lined]].
** Lampshaded/Subverted in an episode where a GirlPosse takes Rory and Paris from their houses in the middle of the night, with Paris remarking that Rory looked too good for someone that had just woken up. The subversion being that Rory knew they were coming so she prepped beforehand.
** Also lampshaded in an episode soon after Suki and Jackson got married, when Suki says they both still try to get up and brush their teeth and fix their hair before the other gets up so they can pretend they just woke up that way.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Elena looks impeccable every time she's shown getting out of bed, and Vicky looked pretty damn good for a hospital patient. In 1X22 and 2X1 Caroline was a good looking waking up as a vampire.
* Agent Cooper's hair on ''Series/TwinPeaks'' was a particularly humorous aversion given his standard hair helmet. He wakes up with some truly amazing bedhead.
* In ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley and Lilly always seem to get out of bed with eye makeup, mascara, foundation and lip gloss perfectly in place. They also wear jewelry while sleeping. Averted with Robbie -- although never shown, he has a strict routine of grooming to always keep his hair looking nice.
* Subverted for a small gag in ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''. The B-plot of one episode revolves around Arthur trying to find someone he can pose with, for his photo Christmas greeting card. In the end he tricks Doug and Carrie into waking up and rising from their bed, just at the moment the camera shoots. The resulting photo shows a smiling Arthur, and Doug and Carrie with messy hair and groggy facial expressions.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/WillAndGrace'': [[UpperClassTwit Karen]] emerges from the bathroom with her hair in a towel, but when she removes the towel, her hair is dry, blown-out, and shiny. When Grace asks how she did that, she simply shrugs, "Money."
* Lampshaded in ''Series/TheNanny'' - Fran sleeps in make up an with hair done just in case there's ever a fire at the mansion so the firefighters wont forget her over the pretty, young, blonde heiress. Then made fun of when her mother simply wants to know if Fran didn't forget her gold earrings. However it still remains a mystery how Fran's make up has not the slightest smudge. Or how it doesn't even run in the bathtub or after a shower or any of the many big and minor catastrophes she encounters during the show.
* Played with on ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' where Whitley wakes up quietly, fixes her hair and make up, and brushes her teeth and then lays back down in bed beside Dwayne before he gets up. He later on comments about how she can look so beautiful first thing in the morning.
* When waking up in Storybrook for the first time, Regina from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has perfect makeup, perfect mascara, perfect eyeliner, perfect lipstick, and her hair perfectly coiffed. Granted, there ''is'' [[AWizardDidIt magic and a curse involved]], but still...
* In ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' spoof of the Esther Williams movie ''Dangerous When Wet'', Carol/Esther dives ''out'' of the pool and wraps her wet hair in a towel. Moments later she removes the towel to reveal completely dry, fully styled hair.
* Max from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' always wears heavy amounts of lipstick and mascara, even while sleeping. Of course, this is Kat Dennings we're talking about. That girl looks like she's wearing makeup even when she isn't.
* In Ben Higgins's season of ''Series/TheBachelor'' he wakes everyone up to find Amanda and take her on a date and the other girls comment on how nice and alert she looks. She appears to have makeup on and and have not fallen asleep.
* ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'': Invoked. Midge waits until her husband falls asleep then puts on some exfoliating cream and goes back to bed. Then, she wakes up before him, puts on her makeup, and pretends to sleep through the alarm so that she can look perfect the second he wakes up. She spends a somewhat disturbing amount of time on her appearance in general; she also takes her measurements every single day to make sure she's not getting flabby anywhere.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' awakens ''once'' with bed head (though it's quite hard to tell the difference from the CG model) and the entire cast laughs at her.
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* Averted in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=613 this page]] of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Antimony is also shown removing her makeup before bed like a normal person.
* Averted in [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/comic1-100509.php this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' strip. If the 39th panel is anything to go by, Katie sure gets bad bed-head.
* Averted to a disturbing degree in [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=537 this]] ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Playing with the idea: On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', in one episode the title character filmed a documentary about her sister Quinn, a shallow, appearance-obsessed fashionista. She tried to ambush Quinn in the morning before she had time for makeup; Quinn, stumbling from her room with frizzy hair and frumpy clothes, spots Daria coming up the stairs. She dashes back in her room, and by the time Daria throws open the door and frames the shot, Quinn is dressed in a wrinkle-free pink nightgown, has perfect straight hair and makeup, and is laid out like Sleeping Beauty as she pantomimes waking and greeting the day with grace and poise.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', Jane doesn't answer the video phone in the morning without her LatexPerfection "morning mask" that hides her sleepy features and hair curlers. She answers a call from her neighbor, who has the bad luck of having her own mask slip off a minute into the conversation. Jane remarks how embarrassing that must be for her.
* Spoofed on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.'' When Ned's Vegas wife wakes up in the morning, she leaves a perfect picture of her face in the pillow.
* Averted on several occasions in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender:''
** In one episode, we see the main characters all getting ready in the morning: Aang shaves his head, Sokka shaves his stubble, Katara pins up her hair, and Toph...does nothing at all (okay - she earthbends off some dirt and spits into the trash can).
** On at least two occasions, Azula, the normally flawlessly made-up dragon queen, is shown without any makeup at all: once as she's trying to sleep, and again when she's having her hair done.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' - in "The Terror Within", Asami shows up to the fight with the Red Lotus looking as made-up as ever despite it being the middle of the night.
** Considering that Asami goes ''swimming'' more than once without so much as smearing her trademark lilac eyeshadow—other characters who wear makeup are seen either entirely without it ([[ColdSniper P'Li]]) or with it [[YourMakeupIsRunning visibly running]] ([[{{Yandere}} Eska]]) at some point—[[{{Fanon}} a certain percentage of the fandom is convinced]] that it's ''tattooed'' on.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Bloberta wakes up before her husband every morning to do her hair and makeup, then "goes back to bed" and waits for him to wake up. When he gets up, he looks groggy and disheveled while she looks perfect. She seems to do this ''just to spite him''.
* At the start of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode, "The Mane Event," Bubbles and Buttercup avert this Trope with their MessyHair. Blossom's RapunzelHair, on the other hand, plays the Trope [[UpToEleven so straight]], the locks [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkle]]!
* In Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SpringtimeForPluto'', when a male caterpillar transforms into a [[SlidingScaleofAnthropomorphism perfectly humanoid]] [[InsectGenderBender female]] butterfly, she pops out of the cocoon complete with dark purple eyeshadow and lipstick, as well as being fully clothed even though the caterpillar had gone into the transformation completely naked save for gloves and shoes. Considering how vigorously the caterpillar was spinning his cocoon, and how much effort it took the butterfly to emerge, you'd think something would be out of place.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', as Princess Bubblegum always gets bed-head when she wakes up or gets stressed over an experiment. Notable because her hair (and the rest of her) is made out of gum and probably shouldn't ruffle that much.
* This also occurs on ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. A variation of this is that the girls always wear their makeup, even when disguised as males.

* Music/RebeccaBlack at the beginning of the ''{{Music/Friday}}'' video.
* The exact words ("When I wake up/In my make up") appear in the lyrics of ''Hole'''s "Celebrity Skin". In the music video, Music/CourtneyLove does wear professional make up. It's not made clear if she slept before the song begins, but she is lying on a coffin-like bed of some sort and she opens her eyes at the beginning.
* Some women choose to have makeup patterns permanently tattooed onto their faces, allowing them to play this trope straight in one regard (obviously bed-head and crusty eyes still apply).