50 Times Makeup Artists Messed Up And The Clients Had To “Wear” Their Fails (New Pics)
From the soot-rimmed eyes of the ancient Egyptians to the lead paint worn by the Elizabethans, people have long been experimenting with cosmetics. Sometimes, however, with disappointing results. And the subreddit 'Bad MakeUp Artists' is probably the best place to explore these failures.
Created in 2017, this online community currently has 568K members constantly sharing pictures of both everyday people and celebrities, appearing in front of others with far-too-obvious fake lashes, overly defined brows, and ridiculous foundation color tones.
We've already covered the subreddit before here and here, but it has had so many new additions since our last publication that we thought there's plenty of content for an update. Continue scrolling to check it out, and don't miss out on the chat we had with British beauty content creator Jane Cunningham, spread out in between the pictures.
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Luckily for all of us, makeup guru Jane Cunningham, who can also be found on Instagram @britbeautyblog, thinks that it's not that hard to get the basics.
"Makeup textures and formulas have come a long way so they're easier than ever to use," she told Bored Panda. "There's a big difference between being decent at makeup and excellent at makeup but most of us can scrape by with adaptable products such as lip and cheek crayons."
"There's a very useful trend for sheer looks and a 'less is more' approach and that's an ideal entry-level for experimenting and learning. A good example would be that if you're not confident applying foundation try a tinted moisturizer instead — there's less pigment and far more leeway for good blending and a glowy finish."
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Cunningham believes that it's mainly the process that separates the experts from the amateurs.
"Pros are taught in a very particular and meticulous way that gives them a foundation of knowledge on which to expand. Once you understand skin tones, textures, and effects, you can experiment with layering and enhancing," she explained.
"A good example might be that it takes most of us a couple of moments to apply eyeshadow or lipstick but a pro can be there for a long time working with the colors to get them absolutely perfect."
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"A happy amateur enjoys applying the product, enjoys the finished result but isn't looking at their work with an MUA eye so mostly won't see that the results aren't technically perfect. Which is fine!" Cunningham said.
Another factor is versatility. "A huge difference between amateur and pro is that MUAs can create perfect makeup on anyone; amateurs can often only create looks on themselves."
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Talking about mistakes, Jane Cunningham likes to look at them from a similar perspective as the late Bob Ross.
"It's still quite easy to go wrong with foundation tones, but it's hard to say what's a mistake and what's a happy accident," she pointed out.
"Makeup looks have never been so unregimented. Personally, I don't love huge lashes or a lot of highlighter but that's only my preference," Cunningham said. "If it's making you happy, it's not wrong!"
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"The only 'wrongs' I think can be ignoring hygiene around application, or as a pro, not following your client's wishes and going with what you think is best," Cunningham said.
"I've seen a couple of practice bridal looks recently that really didn't hit the brief and I've ended up doing the makeup myself on the day for one of them."
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However, if you're a beginner, you might want to learn some skills before others as they can make a bigger difference in enhancing your look.
For that, Cunningham suggests blending. "If all your layers (primer, base, blush, bronzer, highlighter) are seamlessly blended then it just looks effortless. If you can pick up anything from online tutorials, focus on blending," she said. "After that, it's easier not to go wrong."
"Oh, and liquid liner! [Although] I've never mastered it and fully believe that some people are never meant to make it happen (i.e. me!)," the beauty content creator added.
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At the end of the day, getting better at makeup is about studying yourself, which, ideally, shouldn't become a chore.
"Just enjoy your beauty products, don't rush to be an expert, take your time, and practice until you like what you've achieved," Cunningham said.
If you're mindful about what you put on, chances are, you won't end up on this or any similar subreddit!