There Is A Subreddit Dedicated To Makeup Fails, And We Have 40 Of The Absolute Worst

by Stephanie

If you haven't heard, there's a subreddit called "Bad MakeUp Artists," and it's nothing short of ah-mazing! It's hard to believe that someone would apply a shade of foundation five shades darker than their skin tone or wear a lipstick the color of off-meat, and yet, here they are.

Now, it's possible that some of these looks may have been intended as jokes (or, at least, we hope so). But it's also evident that many of these makeup artists are immensely proud of their creations, which is worrying.

One of the moderators of Bad MakeUp Artists, known as Pinsandpearls, says that "bad makeup" most likely means very different things to different people. Hence, why there is such a wide variety of looks featured in the group.

1. A Very Heavy Makeup Look

1. A Very Heavy Makeup Look

2. She Did Her So Dirty...

2. She Did Her So Dirty...

3. Foundation Match Isn’t Even Close, So Muddy Too

3. Foundation Match Isn’t Even Close, So Muddy Too

4. If You All Thought The Last One Was Bad Have A Look At This One

4. If You All Thought The Last One Was Bad Have A Look At This One

5. A Lot To Unpack Here

"Typically, we're looking at makeup that isn't applied skillfully - lack of blending where appropriate, terrible foundation color match, messy lines," Pinsandpearls said. "I don't think it includes things that are maybe 'different' than you would normally see, as long as the actual application is good (editorial makeup, for example)."

"We still allow some of those posts because it usually has a good discussion and taste is subjective, but I think there's a difference between 'different' and 'bad.' Bad is pretty obvious when you see it."

5. A Lot To Unpack Here

6. Mexican Politician

6. Mexican Politician

7. Found This Today And... I’ve Never Seen A Foundation Match This Bad

7. Found This Today And... I’ve Never Seen A Foundation Match This Bad

8. I Genuinely Think This Is The Worst Thing I’ve Seen On My Explore Page

8. I Genuinely Think This Is The Worst Thing I’ve Seen On My Explore Page

9. She Went To The Worst Reviewed Mua In Her City

9. She Went To The Worst Reviewed Mua In Her City

10. Remember: Even Celebs Ain't Safe From Bad MUAs

10. Remember: Even Celebs Ain't Safe From Bad MUAs

11. I Feel Violated. Posted In One Of Makeup Groups

11. I Feel Violated. Posted In One Of Makeup Groups

12. ...yikes

12. ...yikes

13. She’s Like A Full 8 Shades Darker Than Her Arm

13. She’s Like A Full 8 Shades Darker Than Her Arm

14. ???

14. ???

15. The Foundation Match... Look At Her Hair Line!!!! The Brows Are Literal Caterpillars!

15. The Foundation Match... Look At Her Hair Line!!!! The Brows Are Literal Caterpillars!

16. Just No!!!

16. Just No!!!

17. It's Actually Just Me... The Goal Was A Purple/Yellow Look. I Tried A Disney Villain And I'm Just Ashamed

17. It's Actually Just Me... The Goal Was A Purple/Yellow Look. I Tried A Disney Villain And I'm Just Ashamed

18. Felt Like You’d All Appreciate A Little Satire

Group member "badMUAscout," said, "Another thing I mentioned was the color choice. If you take a look, you can probably see a lot of makeup artists and normal people are mismatching their foundations to their skin's undertone."

"If you're slightly off, it's probably ok. Our skin isn't one flat color, and it can vary in shades throughout the day."

"It doesn't help that foundations oxidize and can go from perfect to pumpkin shades. While sometimes it isn't an issue when you are paying a trained artist hundreds of pounds or dollars to do makeup, you shouldn't end up with a different undertone or a shade five times darker than your skin," she continued.

18. Felt Like You’d All Appreciate A Little Satire

19. Keep In Mind He Was On A Show For Makeup Artists

19. Keep In Mind He Was On A Show For Makeup Artists

20. I Smell Like Beef

20. I Smell Like Beef

21. This Deserves Some Kind Of Medal

21. This Deserves Some Kind Of Medal

22. As A Mum I'd Be Raging Trying To Remove The Foundation From Her School Shirt!

22. As A Mum I'd Be Raging Trying To Remove The Foundation From Her School Shirt!

23. The Difference In Skin Tone

23. The Difference In Skin Tone

24. Why This Though

24. Why This Though

25. Wedding Glam Apparently

25. Wedding Glam Apparently

26. Horrific Colour Match

RedHeadedSnatch views the submitted photos from a professional makeup artist's point of view. She has her license from the state of Florida and has hundreds of hours of training and experience.

RedHeadedSnatch says the subreddit is a great resource to force the industry to be more accountable. "I feel as though the market is over-saturated with people claiming the MUA status without having proper training, and that causes people to lose faith in the makeup artist industry as a whole," she said.

26. Horrific Colour Match

27. Yikes. You Would Think MUAs For Their Show Would Do Better

Another aspect of poor color choice often featured on the subreddit is contouring. "Contour is meant to mimic the 'shadows' you naturally have but very, very slightly enhanced," badMUAscout explained.

"We consider it to be bad when it looks like a dark stripe down the side of the face which doesn't match the natural shadows," she said. Another group moderator, RedHeadedSnatch, says she believes some members absolutely submit photos to the forum as a joke.

27. Yikes. You Would Think MUAs For Their Show Would Do Better

28. Such Distinct Lines Around The Eyes. Shouldn't There Be Some Blending, Or Something?

28. Such Distinct Lines Around The Eyes. Shouldn't There Be Some Blending, Or Something?

29. Buzzfeed's Geisha Makeup vs. Actual Geisha Makeup

29. Buzzfeed's Geisha Makeup vs. Actual Geisha Makeup

30. This Look Is Giving Me Anxiety

30. This Look Is Giving Me Anxiety

31. There's A Lot To Unpack Here

31. There's A Lot To Unpack Here

32. Oh Girl, No

32. Oh Girl, No

33. It Gets Worse The More You Look At It

33. It Gets Worse The More You Look At It

34. I Found These Gems Randomly On IG, And You Guessed It, They’re British. Shade Difference, The Brows, I Could Go On

34. I Found These Gems Randomly On IG, And You Guessed It, They’re British. Shade Difference, The Brows, I Could Go On

35. Beef That Been Left Out For Too Long Lips

35. Beef That Been Left Out For Too Long Lips

36. I’m A Dude And Don’t Know Anything About Makeup But I’m Assuming Your Face Isn’t Meant To Look Like You Have A Goggle’s Tan

However, the moderator says that we need to remember that makeup is subjective, and there is no real wrong or right. "The only problem I have is when individuals who promote themselves as professionals but do not understand color theory, face shapes, eye shape, or use proper sanitation," she said.

"Sanitation is a huge issue because it can lead to acne, eye infections like pink eye, staph infections, and in some cases, actual bugs living in brushes. On a less severe note, it can also make the application of makeup look cakey, distort the foundation's color, concealer, and eye shadow, and cause damage to brushes."

36. I’m A Dude And Don’t Know Anything About Makeup But I’m Assuming Your Face Isn’t Meant To Look Like You Have A Goggle’s Tan

37. Spotted On SVU This Morning, This Poor Woman's Color Match Is Especially Heinous

37. Spotted On SVU This Morning, This Poor Woman's Color Match Is Especially Heinous

38. The Brows And The Shade Of The Foundation Is Awful And It Looks Like A Mess. She Looks Like She Was Slapped With Mud And Her Makeup Was Done By Krusty The Clown

38. The Brows And The Shade Of The Foundation Is Awful And It Looks Like A Mess. She Looks Like She Was Slapped With Mud And Her Makeup Was Done By Krusty The Clown

39. James, You Can’t Be Serious With That Foundation Colour?

39. James, You Can’t Be Serious With That Foundation Colour?

40. Found On Instagram - Blushed To The Gods

40. Found On Instagram - Blushed To The Gods

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