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.

#1

Oh Dear

Oh Dear

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TheAquarius1978
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't these idiots have mirrors???

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#2

Steve Carrell And Will Ferrell Presenting The Award For Best Makeup At The Oscars

Steve Carrell And Will Ferrell Presenting The Award For Best Makeup At The Oscars

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ThatG
Community Member
1 month ago

This was very much intended… so not a fail.

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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."

#3

Tiktok Ad For Eyebrow Stencil

Tiktok Ad For Eyebrow Stencil

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eed_thelast_haw
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1 month ago (edited)

*screams in horror*

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#4

That Shade Would Even Be Too Dark For Me And I'm Not Even White

That Shade Would Even Be Too Dark For Me And I'm Not Even White

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My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe she requested Trump-colour

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#5

Her Chest!!!

Her Chest!!!

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought she was wearing a pink t-shirt.

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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."

#6

Caption Said: A Soft Smokey Look

Caption Said: A Soft Smokey Look

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Smokey? Burnt to a crisp more like.

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#7

Didn't Even Recognize Ariana In Her Newest Look. Am I The Only One Who Feels Like She's Gone From Blackfishing To Asianfishing?

Didn't Even Recognize Ariana In Her Newest Look. Am I The Only One Who Feels Like She's Gone From Blackfishing To Asianfishing?

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RMA
Community Member
1 month ago

Or she’s just experimenting?

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#8

This Has Been All Over My Social Media Feeds Lately. The Artist Has A Booking Site And Charges $85

This Has Been All Over My Social Media Feeds Lately. The Artist Has A Booking Site And Charges $85

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

Artist... aha.

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#9

All Of The Makeup Artist’s Looks Are Like This! Their Clients Look Scary

All Of The Makeup Artist’s Looks Are Like This! Their Clients Look Scary

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Sebby's Mama
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like a bad TikTok filter

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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."

#10

Found On An Fb Ad

Found On An Fb Ad

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Lotta
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone is holding a flashlight behind her face

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#11

Her Eyes Look Tired From All The Heavy Lifting

Her Eyes Look Tired From All The Heavy Lifting

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Karo
Community Member
1 month ago

The title 😂😂👍🏻

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#12

This Shade Match Hurts

This Shade Match Hurts

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Hphizzle
Community Member
1 month ago

That Simpson vibe.

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#13

They Did Her Sooo Dirty

They Did Her Sooo Dirty

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
1 month ago

Some makeup artists use a powder that appears white in photos, under the flash light of some cameras, but the makeup looks fine/normal in real life. It appears that this is one of those cases.

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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!"

#14

Good Ol' Facebook Marketplace

Good Ol' Facebook Marketplace

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Karo
Community Member
1 month ago

Just no

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#15

Even The Client Doesn’t Look Happy With This ‘Glam’

Even The Client Doesn’t Look Happy With This ‘Glam’

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Loolie
Community Member
1 month ago

Modern day clowns! Oh f! Did I just say that?!

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#16

UK Mua Combining Block Brows And Feathered Brows

UK Mua Combining Block Brows And Feathered Brows

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Jubum
Community Member
1 month ago

How nice that Captain Mauser now has his own eyebrow trend.

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#17

Those Eyelashes Are Not Even Close To Being In The Right Place

Those Eyelashes Are Not Even Close To Being In The Right Place

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Charl Marx
Community Member
1 month ago

The eyes are obviously bad, but I can't help but feel sorry for the woman in this picture getting the negative attention. Not fair for her to be the subject of this , especially on her wedding day. How doesn't the "artist" not even know that this is a bad look?!

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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."

#18

I Really Despise These Type Of Lips

I Really Despise These Type Of Lips

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Potato Chimps
Community Member
1 month ago

She has the Bat symbol on her face. Holy collagen Batman! The Mua is terrorizing Gotham City again!

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#19

Watching Hoarders And Noticed The Color Match Of The Doctor’s Foundation Was Off

Watching Hoarders And Noticed The Color Match Of The Doctor’s Foundation Was Off

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Amanda Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like it's seeping into her hair as well.

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#20

The Entire Mua’s Page Was Full Of This Style Of Makeup I Can’t Wait For This To Not Be Trendy Anymore

The Entire Mua’s Page Was Full Of This Style Of Makeup I Can’t Wait For This To Not Be Trendy Anymore

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October
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The white turtleneck will be stained beyond repair with foundation

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#21

Local B R I T I S H Artist. That Hairline And The Same Shade Of Brown For Every. Single. Client

Local B R I T I S H Artist. That Hairline And The Same Shade Of Brown For Every. Single. Client

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MellonCollie
Community Member
1 month ago

I have an aunt we used to call "the orange aunt" (behind her back!) back in the 90s. Seems like the trend never disappeared ...

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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.

#22

It Gets Worse, But The Mua Does Admit To Being Inspired By Drag Makeup

It Gets Worse, But The Mua Does Admit To Being Inspired By Drag Makeup

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
Community Member
1 month ago

Can't see the eyes behind those damn lashes

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#23

From A Mua On Insta I’m No Expert But What Do We Think ?

From A Mua On Insta I’m No Expert But What Do We Think ?

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

She doesn't look convinced herself. 😂

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#24

So. Much. Foundation

So. Much. Foundation

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Karo
Community Member
1 month ago

Grease, unhealthy look

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#25

She Looks So Sad

She Looks So Sad

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TheAquarius1978
Community Member
1 month ago

She looks like she's dying.

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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!

#26

Her Skin Is So Beautiful

Her Skin Is So Beautiful

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Amanda Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

Why do people insist on removing every single bit of skin texture they have through filters and airbrushing?

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#27

Criminal Minds “Tan”

Criminal Minds “Tan”

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Inga Paškevičiūtė
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I've heard the guy's mean in actual life, so maybe MUAs wanted to pay him back lol

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#28

Ummm I'm Sure That Shade Matches Someone But It Sure Isn't Her

Ummm I'm Sure That Shade Matches Someone But It Sure Isn't Her

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Amanda Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

The look in her eyes says that she knows that this is already a train wreck.

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#29

Her Skin Color Completely Changed

Her Skin Color Completely Changed

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TheAquarius1978
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, She went front slightly unactractive to Chinese Bronze statue in One picture...

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#30

The Mua Charges £60 For A Shade Match Like That

The Mua Charges £60 For A Shade Match Like That

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like she is halfway through a face painting session. What animal you reckon she asked for? A lion?

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#31

Umm This Appeared On My Instagram

Umm This Appeared On My Instagram

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Is the Jaundice look hot at the moment?

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#32

I Am Genuinely Appalled

I Am Genuinely Appalled

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RMA
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine waking up and seeing all that on the pillow case next to you…

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#33

Clockwork Orange Full Glam

Clockwork Orange Full Glam

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Sebby's Mama
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone please explain what the heck is happening in this pic.I am dumbfounded and disturbed.

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#34

From Normal To Drag

From Normal To Drag

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Hex Gurls
Community Member
1 month ago

geez the title makes it sound like drag is bad 🤨 also no self respecting drag queen would go out look like that

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#35

Ugh… She Had A Team Of Reputable Muas, Posted On Ig By A Famous Magazine. Those People Are Payed Thousands For This!

Ugh… She Had A Team Of Reputable Muas, Posted On Ig By A Famous Magazine. Those People Are Payed Thousands For This!

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
1 month ago

What is that body part? I honestly don't even know

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#36

It Just Feels Crusty To Me

It Just Feels Crusty To Me

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Karo
Community Member
1 month ago

She looks sick

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#37

Every Part Of Her Face Is A Different Shade Of Orange

Every Part Of Her Face Is A Different Shade Of Orange

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Gemma jones
Community Member
1 month ago

i mean its not that bad i like the preciseness and the colour its just wrong on this lady

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#38

A Mua With Almost 1m Followers

A Mua With Almost 1m Followers

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

Just why? She looked so cute before.

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#39

This Mua’s Work Has Been Posted On Here A Couple Times, This Is How She Does Makeup On Herself…. She’s A White Woman

This Mua’s Work Has Been Posted On Here A Couple Times, This Is How She Does Makeup On Herself…. She’s A White Woman

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Beck
Community Member
1 month ago

So she is a white woman, trying to look like a black woman that is trying to look white?

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#40

A Self Proclaimed Mua

A Self Proclaimed Mua

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Susan Grady
Community Member
1 month ago

“I’m just gonna pop this head in the neck hole right here, give it a little turn like so, add a dash of lip liner and a smidge of shadow and…VOILA”!! BEAUTY💄👁

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#41

Talk About Suffocating Those Poor Pores... My Skin Is Screaming

Talk About Suffocating Those Poor Pores... My Skin Is Screaming

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

“I am fluent in over six million forms of communication”

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#42

Oh, Oh No

Oh, Oh No

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Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like they have a tin of Crown undercoat that wants using up.

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#43

This Was Posted By A Big Makeup Brand. Why Is Her Forehead Tan And The Rest Of Her Face Pale?

This Was Posted By A Big Makeup Brand. Why Is Her Forehead Tan And The Rest Of Her Face Pale?

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My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

That seems to be some kind of trend

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#44

Well

Well

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MellonCollie
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, this could be a body paint thing ... It's gotta be!

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#45

Straight Into The Hairline

Straight Into The Hairline

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
1 month ago

*sighs* it could've been good, but someone got too exited

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#46

This Makeup Company On Instagram. Why?

This Makeup Company On Instagram. Why?

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RMA
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the heterochromia, though

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#47

They Charge $350 Wtf

They Charge $350 Wtf

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RMA
Community Member
1 month ago

Eighteen coats of orange is going to add up..

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#48

The Tone Match Here Is Awful

The Tone Match Here Is Awful

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

What match?

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#49

"Cool New Way To Do Blush"

"Cool New Way To Do Blush"

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My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

The brand new sun burn style

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#50

She Used 6 Pumps Of Foundation To Create This Look

She Used 6 Pumps Of Foundation To Create This Look

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Karo
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe she wants to look like a cheap fake Tilda Swinton?

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