BISC Vol. 20 – Share your most memorable makeup mishaps!


What’s your most memorable makeup mishap?


RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
My most memorable makeup mishap? Oh, dude.

Let’s set the stage: this year, I started wearing Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in my brows. I store all of my liners and brow products standing up point-down in a tin together, so it lives next to a gorgeous green Lise Watier liquid liner that happens to have similar packaging…

Long story short, one bleary morning, I gave myself half of a very vivid, very green eyebrow before realizing my mistake, and now I double-check all of my pen-type products before putting them to my face!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
I was trying really hard to come up with the answer for this week’s question and I searched my memory really deep. I came to a conclusion that I usually play safe with my makeup because I don’t really recall any makeup mishaps. The only one I can think of is when I was 18 or 19 years old my mom got me for Christmas a beautiful shimmering powder from a Swedish brand Oriflame and since I didn’t know any better (before the times of strobing and highlighting), I used to apply it all over my face, like a regular powder. I can only imagine what my face looked like, all shimmery and shiny like a disco ball! Fortunately, I don’t have any pictures to remind me of that!

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews
I’m pretty sure I’ve never had an epic mishap! Back in the 80’s and 90’s I wore too much powder, that’s for sure!

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
The one time I left for Mexico and forgot to close my foundation properly before throwing it in the suitcase! I was left with no foundation for my face and no clean clothes, ready to start a three weeks road trip…

As far as application is concerned, probably assuming that Kleopatra-style eyeliner in teal is the right thing to wear to school for a 17 year old Blonde.

My parents surely believed in personal freedom to let me leave the house like that!

MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe
I can easily think of the pink-toned BB cream I used to wear back in college. I was all for following the Korean beauty trend without first taking into account my own skin tone and skin type. The white cast and the color mismatch are obvious in photos, so I don’t do a lot of throwbacks to that period.

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
When I first got into make-up I was still blissfully unaware of the importance of blending, so I would just apply my eyeshadow without smudging or sheering it out at the edges. Needless to say I looked very panda-esque for a while. And then I also committed some serious beauty crimes when I first started using foundation. Let me tell you, finding the right color took a lot of trial and error. Heck, even now it’s not always easy to get the shade just right. Foundation is one tricky sob!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
This happened to me very recently! It was a very important day but I didn’t plan enough time to do my makeup in the morning. I decided to do a quick and simple eye makeup using the least amount of products possible. I’m usually very careful about what I use to tightline but on that day for some reason I just used the very same glittery liner that I just used to line my upper lash line to tightline, too! Long story short, it was a long and exhausting day of constantly trying to remove the glittery bits from my contact lens! My eyes also watered really badly the whole day!

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  • Lovely post! And what a great idea to team up with fellow bloggers to share interesting beauty stories! I really enjoy reading it!


    • Is there anything similar fashion related you participate in? It really is so much fun!

  • This was really fun to read! That poor girl who ended up with the green eyebrow haha

    Rachel xx

    • Haha, yes, I could totally see that happening to me to, especially in the early mornings.

  • Oh! I’m actually always scared to open my suitcase and see a leak of any kind of beauty product in there, it never happens to me (yet) but I think about it everytime I travel. For me I would say that, when I first started to use brushes, I bought one for 2 euros and two months later, every time I applied my foundation, I have to spend 5 minutes to remove all the bristles which had left on my face!

    • I guess this is a lesson we all had to learn. Or these cheap blending brushes that only irritated your lids by scratching them, without ever doing anything for your shadow! Even though I have had more expensive ones that shed horribly too.

  • This is such a great idea for a post! I really had fun reading and even a laugh. Poor Rae with green eyebrows, haha 🙂 I don’t really recall any makeup mishaps from putting way too much bronzer with a lot of glitter on my face. Safe to say that I looked like a Christmas tree. And got tired of answering to people why my forehead is so shimmery 🙂

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    • The green eyebrow really is outstanding. I could totally see that happening to me too, especially in the early mornings, still half asleep.

  • I always love reading these posts! Have a lovely Sunday. Gemma xx

  • Awww, but experimenting isn’t necessarily a bad thing! I actually believe it’s something we NEED to do to find out who we are 🙂

  • Great post idea ! 🙂

    me I have a lot of them ( I am not a make up artist and far to be haha!) like ; putting a too dark pencil colour on my eyebrow, putting too much highlighter so I looked like a crystal ball…er…using either way a too dark or too light foundation ( I think now I am ok), using too much blusher in the morning (while applying it in a dark room) only to realise hours later on a bright light that I looked like a clown etc.

    Ah well I learned from those mistakes 🙂

    • Oh yes, the days when I chose my foundation too dark on purpose… I have been there!

      • haha! i am glad i am not the only one 🙂

  • These are soo funny! Well, I’ve had a few tiny mistakes in the past, like foundation that’s too dark, using black pencil on my waterline with no mascara.. but once I started playing with eyeshadows, I think it was all better 🙂 xx

    • Black pencil on the waterline without mascara? That is something I have never tried, maybe because mascara was the first thing I started wearing. But yes, we all have our fair share I guess.

      • It seriously was terrible 😀 don’t ever try that.. I was in my dark phase back then and everything had to be black

        • Now I am tempted… I would look horrible with my blonde lashes and fair skin, but maybe it would be great for Halloween next year?

  • I think there was a time when I wore too much powder too!♥♥

  • I guess I have quite a few of them however the worst one is wearing a foundation that made my skin look like an orange. I picked up the wrong shade and since I was leaving home early for uni, I just wore it without paying attention then people ended up asking me why my face looked orange… it was really embarrassing!

  • There was this one time, I was so white I looked like a ghost. Never doing that again!

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    • Was it a foundation or a primer that made you look like that?

  • Oh no, your poor clothes! Did you manage to wash the foundation out?
    My makeup mishaps happened when i was around 14/15. I would put bright pink eyeshadow on my inner corner, and blue on my outer corner of my eyes. As if that wasn’t bad enough blending wasn’t a thing I knew about back then so you can imagine how bad it looked.
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    • It got out of the majority of my clothes, but not all of them.
      Yes, blending was a concept introduced to me in my later makeup life too. Before that it was solid blocks of color. But that was in the 90s, so I could claim it was fashion…

  • Oh man das war bestimmt nicht toll ohne saubere Kleidung und Foundation. Shit happens 😀 Ich gaube in jungen Jahren lief ich sehr oft wie ein Clown herum haha. Makeup ging noch, aber die Kleiderwahl von damals haha 🙂

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  • Oh wow, I would have lost my marbles if that happened to me, Anne! I can only imagine the nightmare it was, did you managed to wash the foundation out of your clothes especially the whites?

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    • I didn’t take much white with me, which was lucky, but I may have had a little meltdown. Did I mention it was my first honeymoon? Well, the whole marriage didn’t start off right I guess.

  • I can’t remember any specific mishaps, but sometimes years ago I would wear black eyeshadow all over the mobile lid without even blending out the edges… Panda look at its best!

  • I once had my favorite nail polish spill in my suitcase on my way to Poland. Fortunately, it was in a zip lock bag with all my nail tools so cleaning everything up wasn’t that bad and I was able to save the rest of the nail polish too!


    • I put my makeup and skincare in zip lock bags these days, too. You learn from your mistakes!

  • I used to wear talcum powder instead of translucent powder when I was a broke student.. I was so white it was terrifying!
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    • Haha, i never would have thought of that! Well, that is porcelain tent taken to another level I guess.

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    lovely post ! 🙂

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  • That’s terrible. How did you get the clothes clean?

    • It was a road trip, so most wear outdoor stuff easily cleaned, but some were beyond saving. I ended up tossing them, I had packed too much anyway.

  • Hahah some of them are too funny


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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Oh no, no foundation?! That sounds like my worst nightmare! My biggest mishaps would be… Hmm let’s just say when I first started off with makeup about six years ago, it took me a while to realise that your foundation SHOULDN’T in fact be three shades darker than your natural skintone. 😀 x


    • I did that too back in the days, to achieve a „tanned“ look. Made me swear off foundation for quite a while!

      • Kay (shoesandglitter)

        I think that foundation is something that takes a while to get right, especially when you’re a makeup newbie. I went from too dark to too pale, then too cakey… For a while I’d just pile on translucent powder and use that as my primer, foundation and concealer. 😀 But I’ll stop embarrassing myself now lol…. x

        • You are welcome to share, I made the same mistakes along the way!

  • Ack, that foundation explosion in the suitcase sounds like a real nightmare to clean up!

  • Erica

    Oh no! Foundation is so hard to clean because it stains fabric so easily!

    • Luckily a lot of it was outdoor stuff that is cleaned pretty easily.

  • Haha, the foundation nightmare!

    My own worst mishap would be when I accidentally got gel liner on one of my contact lenses. It was waterproof, and it wouldn’t go away. I soaked the contact for 2 days and nights straight and it didn’t budge. At that time I was wearing monthly contacts, and it was a brand new pair, but I had to throw them away…


    • Horrible!
      What are you wearing now? I do still prefer my monthly contacts above anything else I have tried so far.

  • OMG poor Anne! That is my worst nightmare. Not only is it incredible inconvenient but foundation makes such a gross mess!


    • Yes, my suitcase is still stained after all these years. The clothes have been replaced in the meantime.

  • What a fun read! I have so many mishaps myself and can relate to a lot of these! =)

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  • i really enjoy these posts 😀 i loved jaa’s mishap hahaha, glitter in your eyes all day – not as pretty as it sounds!

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  • This was such a fun/funny post to read! So unique. Mine would definitely me filling in my eyebrows way too heavy back in the day when I had no idea what I was doing after I over plucked my eyebrows lol.

    • And over plucking them in the first place… I remember when those pencil thin brows were all the rage.

  • Oh no! Foundation is awful to try and remove from clothes – never mind a whole tubeful of it all over them! Min would definitely be TOO MUCH blue and silver eyeshadow, thinking I was some kind of rockstar! 🙂 xx

    Brenda BusyBee

    • I bet you looked like one! Did you throw in some pink sparkly lipgloss as well?

  • life is a shoe

    great post! I really hate it when i’m trying on clothes and my dark lipstick leaves stains! 😮


  • Oh no I hope you managed to get the foundation out of your clothes in the end! What a pain before a trip! 🙁

    I’ve certainly had a lot of makeup mishaps like wearing all the wrong colours and applying things completely incorrectly….I think we all have silly things like that, where with time we can look back and smile! 🙂

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    • It was mainly outdoor clothing, which is made to be easily cleaned, so most could be saved. My suitcase is still stained though.

  • Emily

    We’ve all had mishaps so it’s good to have a giggle and find out about everyone else’s! I think I’d cry if my foundation was all over my clothes!

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  • Lauren Farrell

    The pros and cons of makeup…as long as you can look back and laugh at the little mishaps that’s all that matters! Have a Happy Monday!

    • Exactly. Look back and laugh, that is the way to deal with it.

  • Oh my gosh, some of these stories are so funny, particularly Rae’s recollection of colouring her eyebrows green! I don’t think I’ve ever worn enough makeup to have a serious makeup mishap, though I’m sure for a few years my (pencil) eyeliner was pretty dodgy – talk about wobbly 😉 That issue was solved permanently through discovering gel eyeliner recently though, phew!

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  • This is great! It’s oddly fun to read this type of stuff because I think we’ve all been in a situation where we look bad and say „what was I thinking!?“
    I’ve definitely made the same mistake as Rae, more times then I wish to admit. I also had some incidents with very yellow foundation, and green marks from attempting to use concealer in high school!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Yes, I remember my first attempts to use green to cancel out redness on my face. I probably looked like Shrek.

  • Oh my goodness! This is so true lol. Mine is how back in the day I used to wear my contour shade all over my face (instead of the contouring areas) 🙁 You live and learn. lol


    • You live and learn exactly. And countering is something you have on point these days.

  • This was very amusing to read. 🙂 I am afraid to think back of all the beauty and makeup mistakes I made in high school. Nice to know we all experienced at least one or more embarrassing moment(s).

  • Kate

    Ah these made me laugh! I think I was too cautious with makeup when I was younger – I didn’t wear enough to make many mistakes with it – but I have definitely worn the wrong shade of foundation before and used to try to copy makeup looks that suited other people without really considering if they suited me! x

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    • It is pretty hard to find out what really suits you, that takes a lot of practice. And trial and error, I guess.

  • Nice read, and so true!! I have so many, I would be here for ages lol


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  • Danielle

    This type of post is one of my favorites. The other one is when you recreate a makeup look. You are really skillful and copy them very well. I hope you were able to clean all or at least most of your clothes.


    • They were mostly outdoor clothes, so they washed really well. Thank you for your nice words! These two are the posts that are the most fun to do as well.

  • Sara Meireles
  • this was a fun read!


  • idu

    Omg I can’t stop laughing. These are so funny. I think mine would be when I first started wearing makeup as well with the wrong shade of foundation. That or the early days winging out my liner haha. Quite a sight.

    • The bigger the better was my motto when it came to wings these days.

  • Thanks for sharing the stories! When I first started wearing makeup, my „winged“ eyeliner goes down instead of goes up, lol

    xoxo, Christina

  • Loved this! I don’t recall any major major fail, but the 90’s period of heavy black kohl liner and little else isn’t something I look back on too fondly!

    • But it was the 90s. I am glad I was too young wear much makeup in the 80s, I guess I would have been all over the baby blue shadow and the brown streak of contour…

      • I’m glad to have skipped the 80’s. The decade style forgot! The makeup was out there, but even worse were the tight perms and humongous shoulder pads. I remember my mum having a drawer full of different sized pads with Velcro to stick inside her power suit blazers.
        Oh and the workout gear. Lycra bodysuits over Lycra tights. And sweat bands!

        • Everything keeps coming back. Last year were the 70s, let´s see what fashion will bring next year!

  • This was such a fun read! I’ve had so many mishaps like these in the past haha 😉

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  • This was fun to read! I made so many beauty mistakes when I was younger!

    Doused In Pink

    • The great thing with getting older is the experience we gain and that we know much better what actually suits us.

  • So fun to read! I used to always go with black eyeshadow to school (no blending) so basically it looked like I had been punched…I don’t know how no-one questioned it then?!

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    • Personal freedom, that is the only possible explanation. Yes, my blending was pretty much nonexistent back in the days, I only discovered it when I started watching YouTube videos.

  • Loved to read that 🙂 Oh i think everyone had at least one makeup mishaps:D:D

  • Oh no about the foundation! I would have been cursing for ever!

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    • I was at least for a few weeks. And the suitcase is stained still, so I have a constant reminder…

  • thefashionsalt

    These are all pretty bad, but the foundation in the suitcase is the worst. I would have been so upset!