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Basic Trope: A character looks better to the audience before a makeover than after.

  • Straight: Audrey gets a makeover. Everyone in-universe think she's hot...but the audience doesn't.
  • Exaggerated: Audrey looks Hollywood Homely. After the makeover, she looks like a creepy China doll.
  • Downplayed:
    • A makeup counter salesperson tries to convince Audrey that the Summer collection would be a good match for her, but Audrey's really got more of a Winter coloration, so the makeover doesn't really flatter her.
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    • Audrey doesn’t really look that different after the makeover.
  • Justified:
    • This is a deconstruction or parody of She Cleans Up Nicely or Beautiful All Along.
    • The point of the makeover isn't to make Alice more beautiful, it's to make Alice feel more beautiful. She looks the same, the difference is that getting a makeover made her feel pretty and confident.
  • Inverted: Something happens that makes Audrey supposedly uglier...but she looks better ugly than normal.
  • Subverted: Someone thinks she was better before in-universe, freeing her to go back to her old style.
  • Double Subversion: She likes the new style, even though some think she looked better before, and stays in it.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Audrey gets a makeover montage. Some of the looks are bad, but the audience likes a few others. The audience dislikes the final product, and Audrey eventually agrees... and gets another final makeover that the audience thinks is even WORSE.
  • Averted: The makeover really does make her look better...or she doesn't get one at all.
  • Enforced: "She looks better after because we say so! Never mind that child yelling that the Emperor's naked!"
  • Lampshaded: "Now, normally I'd advocate being yourself, but no one here is themselves, so..."
  • Invoked: Audrey doesn't think she's beautiful and voluntarily gets a makeover. She thinks she looks better afterwards...
  • Exploited: Ad companies sell women various products, saying they look ugly without them.
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  • Defied: Same as invoked, but she thinks she looks hideous afterwards, and ends up undoing the makeover almost inmediately.
  • Discussed: "Don't you just hate it when they makeover a pretty girl unnecessarily, and she comes out worse than before?"
  • Conversed: "In this episode of 'Troperville High', Audrey, the only girl I can tell apart from the others, gets a makeover that makes her indistinguishable from the 'popular' girls, but she looked fine before. Thank goodness that Status Quo Is God."
  • Deconstructed: Audrey truly thinks that she needs a makeover due to very low self esteem and perhaps past experiences. But although everyone likes her new look, she doesn't like being liked just for looking attractive.
  • Reconstructed: But her friends tell her they like her regardless of her looks. And so does Brian...

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