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Tropes about cosmetics, such as lipstick, mascara, blush, face powder, and perfume.

Compare Costume Tropes, Tattoo Tropes.


  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: A girl experiments with makeup for the first time, with negative consequences.
  • Cosmetic Horror: Horrifying things done for beauty.
  • Cucumber Facial: A high-class spa treatment involving cucumbers and facials.
  • Drugged Lipstick: A character, usually a woman, wears lipstick with some sort of drug or poison in it.
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  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Villains or other evil characters wearing excessive, dark-colored makeup on and around their eyes.
  • Guyliner: Guy wearing eyeliner.
  • Lipstick-and-Load Montage: The heroine puts on her clothes and makeup while preparing for some big event.
  • Lipstick Mark: Lipstick on your cheek or collarbone reveals adultery.
  • Makeup Is Evil: Make-up in fiction as a sign of being evil.
  • Makeup Weapon: Weaponized cosmetics.
  • Perfumigation: A character creating or wearing perfume, cologne, or other kind of scent which they think is great, but it actually draws reactions of revulsion from others.
  • Tattoo Sharpie: When a permanent marker is permanent, even on skin.
  • This Means Warpaint: Just before a conflict, a character will take some sort of paint — or improvise with something closer to hand like mud or ashes — and apply it just below the eyes.
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  • Tribal Face Paint: Hollywood Natives with exotic face paint patterns.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Excessive or extra makeup giving someone an unsettling appearance.
  • Wakeup Makeup: When characters get out of bed in the morning perfectly groomed.
  • We Will Not Use Stage Make-Up in the Future: Using surgery to pass oneself off as an alien or something similar.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Mascara, or makeup in general, starts bleeding when you cry.


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