Epic Makeup Look Fails That Lives Rent Free in my Head

July 11

If you think celebrities from the film industry with a fancy team of makeup artists always have the perfect makeup look and are always photo-ready, think again!

Celebrity makeup artists are compensated handsomely for making their clients appear flawless. And while the majority of them perform well (really, we wish we knew some of their closely guarded secrets), some of them make mistakes. They make rookie errors that not only result in humiliating moments for the celebrities but also render them virtually unrecognizable to their fans. And sadly, due to the internet, these makeup fails will live on forever.

We don't know about you, but before leaving the house, we always do a quick mirror check. Unfortunately, these celebrities are sometimes too busy for that. After all, getting to a red carpet on time must be stressful. But you'd think it would be easy to grab a compact for the car, especially when you're actually not driving and not just checking your appearance in the rearview mirror at a red light. However, errors do occur, even among Hollywood celebrities.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman Makeup fail

Source: BecomeGorgeous.com

This final application of powder is where cosmetics can go horribly wrong. In this look worn by Nicole Kidman, the powder used on her nose and eyes for shine and oil control was still visible, and in the flash of the cameras, it almost appeared as if she had been using recreational drugs when in reality it was just a heavy application of makeup.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie makeup fail

Source: Beautygeeks

Angelina Jolie does not use heavy makeup like many of her peers, but she still makes the list with this epic fail from the 2014 Normal Heart premiere. When the cameras flashed, the liberal application of translucent powder by her beauty team stood out prominently. It ruined what was supposed to be a lovely minimal makeup look.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks makeup fail


As a supermodel, we’d Tyra Banks would always appear flawless and photo-ready. Unfortunately, no one is perfect at all times, as evidenced by the 2012 Moth Ball. Tyra arrived at the event with a dramatic smoky eye that hid her signature eyebrow arch. With her pink lips, she ended up looking positively clownish.

Jennifer Lopez 

Jennifer Lopez Makeup Fail

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JLo looks stunning with or without makeup, so it's hard to believe she's included on this list. When she walked the red carpet with bad eyelashes, poorly blended eyeshadow, unfilled brows, and bare lips, she committed one of her worst makeup gaffes.

Lark Voorhies

Lark Voorhies makeup fail

Source: Eonline.com

What happened to Lark Voorhies? Throughout the 1990s, she was every boy's dream woman. She portrayed Lisa Turtle on the popular television show 'Saved by the Bell.’

Lark Voorhies has recently been spotted on television wearing the worst makeup we've ever seen: excessive bronzer, an odd lipstick shade, and untidy eyebrows. Her makeup artist allegedly attempted to sabotage her by giving her this god-awful appearance.


Ke$ha makeup fail

Source: StyleBistro

In 2012, Ke$ha collaborated on a Baby G watch collection and debuted the designs at an event held at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, where she was photographed wearing truly outrageous eye makeup (that weirdly seemed to extend to her hair). She appeared to be wearing a superhero mask and had instead attended a costume party. Over the years, Ke$ha has sported several edgy looks, but this one went too far.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper makeup fail

Source: StyleBistro

Blending is among the first lessons in makeup application. Unfortunately, the makeup artist responsible for Bradley Cooper's face at the 2010 Valentine's Day film premiere failed to take this step. The actor appeared on the red carpet with foundation and bronzer all over his face, except for his beard. And there was no evidence of blending, resulting in this catastrophic failure.

Ariana Grande 

Ariana grande makeup fail

Source: In Touch Weekly

When the flashes were too bright, it was evident that she had fallen into the trap that so many of us fall into. You know how, when getting ready with a friend, if you forget to bring your makeup, you end up using theirs? Yes, Ari should not wear the sunglasses of her paler friends.

Miley Cyrus

Mylie cyrus makeup fail

Source: Genmice

We are all familiar with Miley Cyrus' crazy, tongue-out phase, during which she didn't care what people said about her behavior or, apparently, her makeup. When she walked the red carpet for Maxim's Hottest, the singer experienced a severe makeup malfunction. NO-NO! The visible layer of powder around her chin left everyone wondering if she licked it off or if she applied her own makeup in the dark.