There’s a subreddit called Bad MakeUp Artists, and the photos people post in there have an “Instagram vs. Reality” vibe to them. In the sense that it’s hard to imagine a person applying that much foundation or eye shadow, thinking ‘Yeah, this is going to look great!’ and another one glancing at the mirror and saying ‘I can’t wait to go out like this.’ Maybe if it was for some kind of skit but that’s about it. However, here they are, attending weddings and filming YouTube videos with enough layers on their face to withstand even Siberian winters. I really hope some of these looks were meant as jokes. Or at least that they were cleaned off right away.
Oh Girl, No
Pinsandpearls, one of the moderators of Bad MakeUp Artists, said ‘bad makeup’ probably means different things to different people, which is why the subreddit has such a wide variety of posts. “Typically, we’re looking at makeup that isn’t applied skillfully — lack of blending where appropriate, terrible foundation color match, messy lines,” Pinsandpearls explained to Bored Panda. “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.”
The Difference In Skin Tone
She’s Like A Full 8 Shades Darker Than Her Arm
“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,” badMUAscout highlighted. “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.”
Contouring is another poor color choice often featured on the subreddit. “Contour is meant to mimic the ‘shadows’ you naturally have but very very slightly enhanced. 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,” badMUAscout explained.
This Deserves Some Kind Of Medal
Another moderator who helps run Bad MakeUp Artists, RedHeadedSnatch, believes that some people do submit photos to the subreddit as a joke or because they might not really like a particular celebrity or look. However, RedHeadedSnatch reminded that makeup is subjective, and there is no formula that determines whether or not an application is bad. “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,” RedHeadedSnatch 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.”
James, You Can’t Be Serious With That Foundation Colour?
RedHeadedSnatch looks at the submitted photos from a professional makeup artist’s point of view. They have their makeup license from the state of Florida and have had over 100 hours of theory and hands-on training, with written and practical application tests, so they know what they’re talking about. And that is a big positive that comes from Bad MakeUp Artists. Sure, we can all laugh at the photos, but if you browse through the comments, you can find valuable information even within the jokes.
Also, the subreddit forces the industry to be more transparent. “I feel as though the market is oversaturated 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,” RedHeadedSnatch said. Let’s hope Bad MakeUp Artists makes them accountable. At least a a little bit.
Yikes. You Would Think Muas For Their Show Would Do Better
A Lot To Unpack Here
Spotted On Svu This Morning, This Poor Woman’s Color Match Is Especially Heinous
Felt Like You’d All Appreciate A Little Satire
Foundation Match Isn’t Even Close, So Muddy Too
Buzzfeed’s Geisha Makeup vs. Actual Geisha Makeup
She Did Her So Dirty …
If You All Thought The Last One Was Bad Have A Look At This One
She Went To The Worst Reviewed Mua In Her City
I Genuinely Think This Is The Worst Thing I’ve Seen On My Explore Page
Beef That Been Left Out For Too Long Lips
As A Mum Id Be Raging Trying To Remove The Foundation From Her School Shirt!
I Feel Violated. Posted In One Of Makeup Groups
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
I Found These Gems Randomly On Ig, And You Guessed It, They’re British. Shade Difference, The Brows, I Could Go On
It Gets Worse The More You Look At It
A Very Heavy Makeup Look
This Look Is Giving Me Anxiety
I Smell Like Beef
The Foundation Match… Look At Her Hair Line!!!! The Brows Are Literal Caterpillars!
There’s A Lot To Unpack Here
Found On Instagram – Blushed To The Gods
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
Why This Though
A Catalogue Of Errors
Remember: Even Celebs Ain’t Save From Bad Muas
It’s Actually Just Me… The Goal Was A Purple/Yellow Look. I Tried A Disney Villain And I’m Just Ashamed
Wedding Glam Apparently
Keep In Mind He Was On A Show For Makeup Artists
Found This Today And.. I’ve Never Seen A Foundation Match This Bad
I Don’t Trust The Process
Category Is: Things That Keep Me Awake At Night
Such Distinct Lines Around The Eyes. Shouldn’t There Be Some Blending, Or Something?
100% Serious Lips
Why Does She Look Like She’s Being Held Against Her Will? Also Her Foundation
The Cash Me Ousside Girl…… She’s White
They Did Her Dirty
This Contour Has Deeply Upset Me
Local Mua. How Do I Blend?
I Have No Words For This
Makeup Isn’t Bad But I’m Losing My Mind Over The Artist Using The Client’s Forehead As A Table For The Glitter
Horrific Colour Match
Been Watching Mindhunter And Some Of The Makeup Is So Yellow! The Show Is Amazing Though
In The Trailer For The New Season Of Kuwtk: Girl, You Own A Makeup Company How Can You Get This So Wrong?
Someone Really Did Kris Jenner Dirty Back In The Day. Who Knew Someone From The Kardashian Family Would Ever Be Caught With Foundation That’s Too Light?
While Bad Western Muas Paint Dark And Orange, Bad Korean Muas Are Inspired By The Grudge
Whoever Did Her Makeup For The Show Should Be Sued
That Poor Girl
She’s A Self Claimed Makeup Artist. Does She Not Watch Herself On TV? How Does It Go So Wrong?
I Don’t Know How Mua’s Like This Get Clients
Oh She’s Glowing. Glowing Like A Marathon Runner
And Jesus Wept For Days
Her Foundation I-
Shade Matching The Wall
Perfect Shade Match
Decent Foundation? Check. The Biggest Eyebrows I’ve Ever Seen? Also Check
Gorgeous Woman, Terrible Shade Match
These Are All From The Same Mua From My Last Post About The Smoll Eyes. She Likes Everyone To Look Like They Have Pisshole Eyes
What Was The Mua Thinking With This Shade Match?
Her Foundation Choices vs. Her Actual Skin Color .. Yikes
Watching “Disappeared” And Whoever Did This Woman’s Makeup Should Be Fired. Omg
The Closer You Look, The Worse It Gets
50 Shades Of Dirt
Looks So Unflattering
Posted By A Self Proclaimed Lash Artist
Only You Can End Highlighter Abuse
I Can’t Even Think Of A Title
We To A Mary Kay Party Last Weekend. Our Salesperson/Mua Said She Could Teach Me How To Do A Cat Eye…one’s Pointing To The Side, The Other End It Pointing Directly Upward
I Don’t Know What To Say
Coins For The Ferryman
The Worse Fake Freckles I’ve Seen In My Life
Really Work That Orange Into The Hairline X
Laughing At The Eyelashes. Poor Girl
Saw This On One Of Those Youtube Channels Comparing Cheap-Expensive Makeup. Idk What To Say
It’s Going To Be A No From Me Dawg
Damn They Did Kelly/Mindy Dirty And Made Her Look Gray
That Eyelash Is Killing Me
I Cant Believe This Contour Is Done By A Professional Mua. I Feel Bad For The Bride
She Wanted A Goth Look… “I Can Do It For $75 And It Will Be Fantastic” The Mua Said
The Mua On The Dr. Phil Show Did This Guest Dirty
Some People’s Foundation Be Like:
Why On Earth Would You Use That Angle?
She Paid 350 For This
Not Sure If Culturally Acceptable Horrible Shade Matches Are Allowed On This Sub Because Yikes
Not Sure If This Counts But Here’s Some Tattooed Brows. Yes These Are Permanent. It Was So Hard To Pick Which Ones To Post Because They Are All This Bad
She Was So Pretty Before
Right Is Her Natural Skin Colour, Left Is…. Yikes
Another Beautiful Eye Look Ruined By The Beefy Lips
Foundation Is Like Donald Trumps
Is Your Face A Different Color From Your Body?
Posted Some Of This Girl Before And Got A Pretty Good Reaction So I Thought It Was About Time I Shared Some More Of Her Wonderful Creations With You All. She Describes Herself As A Self Taught Mua And Charges £100 For A Full Face
I Was Applying For A Beauty Position Looking Like This A Year Ago And I Got The Job. How
Y’all Have Made Me Notice Hairlines More
From A TV Show That I Was Watching Earlier Today…
I Just.. Don’t Understand Why This Is A Thing. There Are So Many Mua’s That Do This Style For Weddings And It Just Makes Me Sad. That Girl Is So Cute, And Makeup To Enhance Her Face Would Have Looked Beautiful But Instead They Made Her Look Like An Entirely Different Person
Get Me That Slimy Chest, Facetune And £6.99 Contacts Look
2 Complete Different Shades
“A Platform Of Absolute Hate”
Just A Little Self Roasting Session For How I Used To Do My Eyebrows
My First Time Seeing A His Makeup In Motion In These Two Clips And Jfc People Weren’t Kidding When They Said He Has Literally No Clue How To Match His Foundation. That Line In The Neck… Sistah
It Really Annoys Me That Self-Proclaimed “Muas” Only Know How To Do One Makeup Look. If You Wanna Be An Mua You Have To Cater To Every Age Possible, And This Ain’t It Chief
All The Money In The World And …
What Are Undertones???? The Eyebrows And Eye Makeup Is Good, Just Can’t Get Over The Foundation And Bronzer