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* This was something of a trademark of Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of televangelist Jim Bakker. There is a story that she was once asked why she wore such heavy makeup since it invariably ran when she (invariably) wept; she is supposed to have replied that it was so that people could see her cry.

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* This was something of a trademark of Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of televangelist Jim Bakker. There is a story that she was once asked why she wore such heavy makeup since it invariably ran when she (invariably) wept; she is supposed to have replied that [[InvokedTrope it was so that people could see her cry.cry]].


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* Happens to Captain [=DuBois=] in ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'' at the end of her rendition of "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien", as well as to her ''male'' subordinates.
* The Matchmaker from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' [[DisasterDominoes after Mulan accidentally sets her dress on fire]].



* The Matchmaker from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' [[DisasterDominoes after Mulan accidentally sets her dress on fire]].

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* The Matchmaker from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' [[DisasterDominoes after Mulan accidentally sets ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie'': [[BigBad Spinel]]'s [[EvilMakeover more villainous-looking form]] has three black lines running down each of her dress on fire]].eyes that resemble running mascara.



* Happens to Captain [=DuBois=] in ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'' at the end of her rendition of "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien", as well as to her ''male'' subordinates.



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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie'': [[BigBad Spinel]]'s [[EvilMakeover more villainous-looking form]] has three black lines running down each of her eyes that resemble running mascara.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', whenever Lori Loud, the eldest sibling, cries her mascara runs down her face.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', whenever Lori Loud, the eldest sibling, cries her mascara runs down her face.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie'': [[BigBad Spinel]]'s [[EvilMakeover more villainous-looking form]] has three black lines running down each of her eyes that resemble running mascara.


May sometimes overlap with CosmeticCatastrophe, especially if it happens during a production. May wind up being the result of {{Guyliner}} if it happens to a male character. See also MakeUpIsEvil and ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow.

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May sometimes overlap with CosmeticCatastrophe, especially if it happens during a production. May wind up being the result of {{Guyliner}} if it happens to a male character. See also MakeUpIsEvil and ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow.



* Happens to Marinette in ''Fanfic/{{Fermeture}}'' when she breaks down in tears after returning home from seeing Adrien again, ruining a pillow case with her mascara.

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* Happens to Marinette in ''Fanfic/{{Fermeture}}'' when she breaks down in tears after returning home from seeing Adrien again, ruining a pillow case pillowcase with her mascara.



* A very dramatic example in the railroad car scene''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe''. Laura and Ronette's smeared makeup and dripping eyeliner lends them the appearance of clowns, adding to the grotesque horror of the scene.
* ''Film/TheApartment'' lampshades this when word of Mr. Sheldrake's previous affairs leave his current mistress, Fran Kubelik, in tears:

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* A very dramatic example in the railroad car scene''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe''. scene ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe''. Laura and Ronette's smeared makeup and dripping eyeliner lends lend them the appearance of clowns, adding to the grotesque horror of the scene.
* ''Film/TheApartment'' lampshades this when word of Mr. Sheldrake's previous affairs leave leaves his current mistress, Fran Kubelik, in tears:



* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After her tearful reuinon with Eric in ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', Kasile's make up is a mess. Eric has a laugh at her expense.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After her tearful reuinon reunion with Eric in ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', Kasile's make up makeup is a mess. Eric has a laugh at her expense.



* Rae on ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'', when she was stood up and started crying as a result (and then smudging whatever stayed on on purpose).

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* Rae on ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'', when she was stood up and started crying as a result (and then smudging whatever stayed on on purpose).deliberately).



** ''"Nosedive"'': Getting to the wedding gives Lacie this effect. It's a very powerful effect because the black tears seem to represent tears of resentment as she uses the speech to tear into her AlphaBitch friend, and also [[HeelRealisation her realisation about]] [[StepfordSuburbia society]].

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** ''"Nosedive"'': Getting to the wedding gives Lacie this effect. It's a very powerful effect because the black tears seem to represent tears of resentment as she uses the speech to tear into her AlphaBitch friend, and also [[HeelRealisation her realisation realization about]] [[StepfordSuburbia society]].



* Music/TheDecemberists' ''[[Literature/TainBoCuailnge The Tain]]'': ''"Darling dear, [[AxCrazy what have you done]]?/Your clothes are torn, your makeup runs.""

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* Music/TheDecemberists' ''[[Literature/TainBoCuailnge The Tain]]'': ''"Darling dear, [[AxCrazy what have you done]]?/Your clothes are torn, your makeup runs."""''



* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has this happen when you romance Jack/Subject Zero. During her romance scene she will begin to cry and her black eye makeup will run down her face [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLPk4pwmQ9Q which you can fully enjoy here.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has this happen when you romance Jack/Subject Zero. During her romance scene scene, she will begin to cry and her black eye makeup will run down her face [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLPk4pwmQ9Q which you can fully enjoy here.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': In an episode Wilma uses makeup to make herself look more tired than she really was to guilt Fred into hiring a maid. Fred points out that her makeup is running, proving he knows she's faking it. Fred laughs at her and she breaks down and cries. Eventually he gives in and hires a maid.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': In an episode episode, Wilma uses makeup to make herself look more tired than she really was to guilt Fred into hiring a maid. Fred points out that her makeup is running, proving he knows she's faking it. Fred laughs at her and she breaks down and cries. Eventually Eventually, he gives in and hires a maid.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': When Rarity cries, this usually accompanied by her mascara running copiously down her face -- although this [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished doesn't leave any lasting smudges afterwards]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': When Rarity cries, this usually accompanied by her mascara running copiously down her face -- although this [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished doesn't leave any lasting smudges afterwards]].afterward]].



* This was something of a trademark of Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of televangelist Jim Bakker. There is a story that she was once asked why she wore such heavy make-up, since it invariably ran when she (invariably) wept; she is supposed to have replied that it was so that people could see her cry.
* Evoked by Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave to take revenge on fellow actor Geoffrey Edwards. Redgrave was playing Horatio to Edwards' Hamlet, and was required to grieve while cradling Hamlet's body. Always able to cry on cue, Redgrave turned on the waterworks so that "a large splash of warm mascara fell on Hamlet's chin."

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* This was something of a trademark of Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of televangelist Jim Bakker. There is a story that she was once asked why she wore such heavy make-up, makeup since it invariably ran when she (invariably) wept; she is supposed to have replied that it was so that people could see her cry.
* Evoked by Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave to take revenge on fellow actor Geoffrey Edwards. Redgrave was playing Horatio to Edwards' Hamlet, Hamlet and was required to grieve while cradling Hamlet's body. Always able to cry on cue, Redgrave turned on the waterworks so that "a large splash of warm mascara fell on Hamlet's chin."

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* Midway through the video for the ballad "I'll Be There" by Music/TheEscapeClub, lead singer Trevor Steel has quite the stream of makeup running down his cheeks.

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* Occurs to Eyeda, a minor character attending the same school as ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. When Eyeda is accused of cheating during a hex exam, she breaks into tears pleading innocence. Since Eyeda has a single huge eyeball in place of a head, her mascara stains both upper and lower lids, plus the front of her outfit. Clearly, Eyeda applies mascara by the pint.

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** In an episode where Red was unemployed because the car part factory shut down, he becomes addicted to soap operas, and has an ImagineSpot where Kitty reveals that Eric is the son of one of the doctors she works with, and when she cries after the revelation her mascara runs.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', whenever Lori Loud, the eldest sibling, cries her mascara runs down her face.


When someone is wearing heavy makeup they run the risk that it get smudged, this is especially true if they start crying or otherwise get their face wet. Their makeup will start to run down their face in heavy, inky and colorful rivers; mascara especially. The black lines streaming down the face are very striking visually and make [[RuleOfPerception a very visible sign of sadness]]. A SubTrope of InelegantBlubbering.

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When someone is wearing heavy makeup they run the risk that of it get smudged, this getting smudged. This is especially true if they start crying or otherwise get their face wet. Their makeup will start to run down their face in heavy, inky and colorful rivers; mascara especially. The black lines streaming down the face are very striking visually and make [[RuleOfPerception a very visible sign of sadness]]. A SubTrope of InelegantBlubbering.


* Dylan Moran describes gin as "mascara thinner" for 40-something women, in his show ''Monster''.

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* Dylan Moran describes gin as [[SentimentalDrunk "mascara thinner" for 40-something women, women]], in his show ''Monster''.


* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Cira puts lipstick on Jerin so he can [[HarmlessLadyDisguise disguise himself as a whore]]. They end up kissing, and she laughingly says she has to reapply it.


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-->Next time youíre at a dinner party at which you are [[spoiler:accused of murdering the hostís wife]], remember to wear waterproof mascara! Rookie error.

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-->Next time youíre you're at a dinner party at which you are [[spoiler:accused of murdering the hostís host's wife]], remember to wear waterproof mascara! Rookie error.



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-->"Kelso. Your mascara's running."

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-->"Kelso.-->'''Jackie:''' Kelso. Your mascara's running."



* Played straight in ''Series/{{Vikings}}''. Floki wears kohl around his eyes, and it runs (to great effect) when [[spoiler: he's sitting by Torstein's body]] early in the third season.

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* Played straight in ''Series/{{Vikings}}''. Floki wears kohl around his eyes, and it runs (to great effect) when [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's sitting by Torstein's body]] early in the third season.



* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Dr. Young's mascara is ruined when she starts crying after [[spoiler: she's nearly killed by Zsasz.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' Dr. Young's mascara is ruined when she starts crying after [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's nearly killed by Zsasz.]]



'''[=JesuOtaku=]:''' (''confused'') I. Don't. Know.

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'''[=JesuOtaku=]:''' (''confused'') ''[confused]'' I. Don't. Know.


** Averted in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', the titular character wears black eyeliner, but it doesn't seem to smudge or run when he cries.

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** * Averted in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', the titular character wears black eyeliner, but it doesn't seem to smudge or run when he cries.

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