29 TV And Movie Moments That Completely Misunderstood How Hair And Makeup Work

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most unrealistic hair and makeup moments from TV and movies. Here are the results:

1.When Robin said she wasn't wearing any makeup in How I Met Your Mother, even though she clearly was.



2.When K.C. from K.C. Undercover went undercover as a boy, took off her wig, and suddenly had glam makeup.

KC dressed as a guy

3.In Fighting With My Family, when Paige turned black hair into bright blonde hair overnight with just box dye.

Paige with black hair

"Friends of mine have done that, and it took them multiple trips to the hair salon to finally get to blonde."



4.When Daniel wore heavy film prosthetics and makeup in Mrs. Doubtfire and no one noticed.

Daniel in full makeup and prosthetics

"The heaviness and thickness of the makeup that would be required for Daniel to be disguised as Mrs. Doubtfire would be detectable by anyone standing near him. No one would look at this person and think, This sweet old lady wears a lot of makeup. People would be immediately suspicious, know the makeup is fake, and be alarmed that something creepy is going on."


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5.When Jody from Center Stage made quick changes involving all new hair, makeup, and costumes in just a few seconds.

Jody with minimal makeup and curly hair down

"Ignoring the fact that Jody’s costume changes would have been near impossible in a performance, her immediate makeup changes were just ridiculous. Still love the movie, though."


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6.When Arthur from Joker used green dye on dark brown hair without any bleach and somehow got visibly green hair.

Arthur applying green dye messily

"A running joke in the hairdresser community is Joker. There's so many things wrong with it! A.) Color doesn't usually run like that. B.) Putting green color over brown hair would result in brown hair. (You would have to bleach it first) C.) If for some reason there was a magical runny green color, that could lift brown hair, and then turn it green, his skin would have been stained green for weeks with the way he applied it."


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7.When Katniss from The Hunger Games was fighting for her life in a forest but still had even foundation, flawless under-eyes, mascara, and no chapped lips.

Katniss with visible foundation and blush
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8.When Sandra Bullock's character Malorie wore eye makeup throughout Bird Box even though she was wearing a blindfold.



9.When Mulan wiped a full face of makeup clean off with just her sleeve in Mulan.

Mulan with half a face of makeup

10.And when she cut through her thick hair with a sword and got a perfectly even long bob.



11.When Black Widow finished a fight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier with no sweat and perfectly unsmudged makeup.

Natasha with visible eyeliner, mascara, and blush

"How is the makeup so perfect while superheroes are fighting? It should be smudged from the sweat!"



12.When Curtis braided his hair into cornrows every time he did a quick change into his Mr. Terrific superhero suit on Arrow.

<div><p>"Do they not understand HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO CORNROWS? Did they change into their superhero costumes and then just sit around for several freaking HOURS while he got his hair did? Was there not a SINGLE BLACK PERSON in the writing room?"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/irishcowgirl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:irishcowgirl;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">irishcowgirl</a></p></div>

"Do they not understand HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO CORNROWS? Did they change into their superhero costumes and then just sit around for several freaking HOURS while he got his hair did? Was there not a SINGLE BLACK PERSON in the writing room?"


13.When Elsa and Anna went to bed in full makeup in Frozen 2.

Elsa and Anna curled up in bed with Elsa wearing visible eyeshadow

"I’m sorry, but magical ice powers do not give you purple eyeshadow, eyeliner, and bold lipstick. And there’s NO way she would have perfect skin if she was sleeping in a full face of makeup every night."

Emma Craigen


14.When Clarke from The 100 woke up from cryogenic sleep with perfect mascara.

Clarke laying down with mascara on

"The world has been through two apocalypses at this point. WHERE did she get it?"


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15.When Paolo, a professional hairstylist, tried to force a brush through dry, curly hair in The Princess Diaries.

Paolo brushing Mia&#39;s hair




16.When Kate from 2012 wore lipstick the whole movie despite the fact that there was an apocalypse happening.

Kate wearing visible makeup while covered in dirt
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17.When Suki dove underwater to save Toph in Avatar: The Last Airbender and emerged with her Kyoshi warrior paint completely intact.



18.When Elsa pulled out her twisted and braided bun and it magically fell into a loose long braid in Frozen.



19.When every woman in Lost had perfect brows and mascara while stranded on an island.

Kate with plucked eyebrows, even skin, rosy cheeks, and dark eyelashes

"All of the women had great hair and makeup for having survived a plane crash and being deserted on an island."


"Perfect brows, trimmed bangs, noooo body hair. I can’t go a week without shaving my pits and legs, and Kate is just walking around in a bikini?"


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20.When Tess in Burlesque dragged three clean makeup brushes across Ali's face and ended up with a perfect full face of makeup.

Ali with minimal makeup
Sony Pictures

21.When Cat from Victorious maintained loud, cherry red hair without any noticeable moments of fading or visible roots.

Cat with cherry red hair

22.When Aurora from Sleeping Beauty woke up with a perfect full face of makeup.



23.When Typhoon brushed Ron's hair during his haircut with a foiling comb in Parks and Recreation.

Typhoon using a foiling comb to brush

24.When Rose from Titanic wore bold makeup that a woman of her station wouldn't have worn in that time period.

Rose in bold makeup

"Or any moment in a historical movie where makeup may have existed, but it doesn’t really seem realistic for said character to be wearing it — like perfect lipstick, mascara, brows."


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25.When Gina held the clipper in the wrong direction on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Gina holding the clippers with the tips of the guard against the scalp

26.When the wives in the postapocalyptic world of Mad Max: Fury Road had perfect makeup with heavy bronzer.

Angharad wearing a lot of bronzer and mascara

"I mean, all of the wives look gorgeous, but the amount of bronzer on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s character was just ridiculous."


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27.When Peggy in Agent Carter wore a wig all night at a party without a wig cap or pins and without her hair looking flat or messy when she quickly pulled the wig off.



28.When Lara Jean woke up every day with perfect false lashes in the To All the Boys movies.

Lara Jean in bed with long, dark eyelashes

29.And finally, when Aria buried her face in Ezra's shirt in Pretty Little Liars without being the least bit worried about getting foundation on him.

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