character: make-under disguises

Character makeups: Make-under disguises

The beautiful character adopts a dowdy or plain disguise – to hide, to entrap, or to con.

The movie trope of the woman who deliberately makes herself look dowdy to be taken seriously or to avoid unwanted attention also has a long history, from Norma Talmadge in The Social Secretary (1916) through Marion Davies in Ever Since Eve (1937) right up to Bárbara Mori in Pretendiendo (2006) and its planned US remake – though that appears to be stuck in development hell.