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.

#1

Oh Girl, No

Oh Girl, No

reddit.com Report

Downunderdude
Community Member
4 months ago

Aaaaah! The scariest one here!

View more comments

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."

#2

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

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

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Her eyebrows are sponsored by Nike

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

This Deserves Some Kind Of Medal

This Deserves Some Kind Of Medal

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Trump is a woman now??

View More Replies...
View more comments

"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.

#4

A Lot To Unpack Here

A Lot To Unpack Here

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

This is why you don’t trust 5-minute crafts

View More Replies...
View more comments

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."

#5

The Difference In Skin Tone

The Difference In Skin Tone

reddit.com Report

Soodney
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey, uhm, you were pretty without that all on...you don't have to look like Arianna Grande to be pretty

View more comments

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.

#6

As A Mum Id Be Raging Trying To Remove The Foundation From Her School Shirt!

As A Mum Id Be Raging Trying To Remove The Foundation From Her School Shirt!

reddit.com Report

ML
Community Member
4 months ago

Is she stoned? Or is this another beauty standard to have dead eyes and a fish mouth?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Felt Like You’d All Appreciate A Little Satire

Felt Like You’d All Appreciate A Little Satire

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Those eyebrows 😂

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Buzzfeed's Geisha Makeup vs. Actual Geisha Makeup

Buzzfeed's Geisha Makeup vs. Actual Geisha Makeup

reddit.com Report

Soodney
Community Member
4 months ago

We aren't doing clown training

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

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

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

reddit.com Report

Soodney
Community Member
4 months ago

I man... He should actually be okay, he has some pretty nice skin without all that makeup

View more comments
#10

Yikes. You Would Think Muas For Their Show Would Do Better

Yikes. You Would Think Muas For Their Show Would Do Better

reddit.com Report

Angharad Eatough
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

but they both look very pretty

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Mexican Politician

Mexican Politician

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought I was a wax statue at first

View more comments
#12

She Went To The Worst Reviewed Mua In Her City

She Went To The Worst Reviewed Mua In Her City

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

You get what you pay for

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Spotted On Svu This Morning, This Poor Woman's Color Match Is Especially Heinous

Spotted On Svu This Morning, This Poor Woman's Color Match Is Especially Heinous

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Yikes

View more comments
#14

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

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

reddit.com Report

Rick
Community Member
4 months ago

Orange is NOT the new black. Lock her up.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

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

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

reddit.com Report

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

Trying for the Marilyn Manson look-alike contest?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

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’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

reddit.com Report

Mar Jo
Community Member
4 months ago

Omg the title! I'm crying

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Foundation Match Isn’t Even Close, So Muddy Too

Foundation Match Isn’t Even Close, So Muddy Too

reddit.com Report

EA
Community Member
4 months ago

Do they think no one will notice the difference between their neck?!

View more comments
#18

She Did Her So Dirty ...

She Did Her So Dirty ...

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Owch that must be a bad sunburn (I know it’s make up)

View more comments
#19

Beef That Been Left Out For Too Long Lips

Beef That Been Left Out For Too Long Lips

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Got them tooth paste eye lids

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

It Gets Worse The More You Look At It

It Gets Worse The More You Look At It

reddit.com Report

I'manoob!
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope that's not the actual make up and just baking powder they forgot to wipe off!!

View more comments
#21

Just No!!!

Just No!!!

reddit.com Report

Desiree Cretan
Community Member
4 months ago

Who are they hiring to do their makeup? Are they going to a mortuary to get it done? Only dead people get makeup like this and even they look natural.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Horrific Colour Match

Horrific Colour Match

reddit.com Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

It seems to be a tradition for the bride to have a nice dress and the bridesmaids to be dressed in ill fitting rags

View more comments
#23

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

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

reddit.com Report

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

Do you have to have the face of a peach to be impeached?!

View more comments
#24

???

???

reddit.com Report

Joonscrab
Community Member
4 months ago

🤡 makeup

View more comments
#25

I Feel Violated. Posted In One Of Makeup Groups

I Feel Violated. Posted In One Of Makeup Groups

reddit.com Report

Soodney
Community Member
4 months ago

She looks like the N*zis from Raiders of the lost ark, you know, when their faces melted

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#26

I Smell Like Beef

I Smell Like Beef

reddit.com Report

ML
Community Member
4 months ago

Would not want to meet her in a dark alley

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

This Look Is Giving Me Anxiety

This Look Is Giving Me Anxiety

reddit.com Report

Joanna VINCENT
Community Member
4 months ago

whats up with the lips?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Remember: Even Celebs Ain't Save From Bad Muas

Remember: Even Celebs Ain't Save From Bad Muas

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

What’s a mua?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

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

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

queeriequeerio Report

Jude Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

She is being done by a stylist hence the plastic glove. Model's make up is different to every day.

View more comments
#30

Wedding Glam Apparently

Wedding Glam Apparently

reddit.com Report

EA
Community Member
4 months ago

Perfect if you’re in the bride of Frankenstein’s monster’s wedding party

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

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

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

reddit.com Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

What's wrong? The foundation clearly matches her hair.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Found On Instagram - Blushed To The Gods

Found On Instagram - Blushed To The Gods

reddit.com Report

Capelli rosa e patate
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh my god the wonky lipstick might just kill me! SOMEBODY FIX HER RIGHT PEAK NOW

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Keep In Mind He Was On A Show For Makeup Artists

Keep In Mind He Was On A Show For Makeup Artists

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Jake from state farm what did they do to you?!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

A Very Heavy Makeup Look

A Very Heavy Makeup Look

reddit.com Report

Who? Me?
Community Member
4 months ago

I like her eyes though

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

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

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

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

“You are not a clown. You are the entire circus”

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#36

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

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

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

When you get a black eye from the milky way

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

...yikes

...yikes

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

You seem surprised

View more comments
#38

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

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

aaavvvwww Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

Those eye lashes do be curlier than some fresh curly fries

View more comments
#39

There's A Lot To Unpack Here

There's A Lot To Unpack Here

reddit.com Report

Brett
Community Member
4 months ago

“I’m so shiny” -that one crab thing from moana

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Why This Though

Why This Though

reddit.com Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Why? Because she enjoys it. Haters gonna hate.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 117 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.