11 Of The Worst Makeup Challenges Of All Time

Recently, I was winding down after another long and prosperous day on the internet–scrolling aimlessly through Facebook, checking some ‘grams, sending off some last-minute fire tweets–when I came across what can, in many ways, only be described as the absolute worst thing I have ever seen. It was a collection of photos of some person, (or separate individuals, I couldn’t be quite sure), following a makeup challenge that instructed them to apply:

1. 100 layers of mascara

2. 100 layers of foundation

3. 100 layers of liquid lipstick

Pictures are below. NSFW, probably:

I hate it. So much!!  So, I did what every reasonable, self-loathing individual with an internet connection would do, and watched almost every “100 Layers Challenge” byproduct videos I could find. And, you know what? As far as makeup challenges go, this is one is pretty excellent if you are looking for a distraction device. It pulls focus from the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West/Taylor Swift news (which was delightful at first but has grown exhausting over the two full days it has been covered and analyzed and re-analyzed by the media), as well as the 2016 election (which has only ever been exhausting).

And, obviously, it’s not meant to be totally serious. Dumb makeup challenges are done simply for that reason–that they are dumb–and people will always click on dumb things. Fortunately, there are a lot of dumb makeup challenges–So, for further skin-crawling disgust and/or amusement, check out the worst makeup challenges of all time:

1. 100 layers of nail polish:

This is…a whole day. Of painting your nails. So they can look like they have warts on them. Why?

2. 100 layers of clear nail polish challenge:

A slightly different–though no less insidious–nail polish challenge.

3. 100 layers of lipstick:

When ur crush says they only date girls with crusty lips >>>>>>>>

4. 100 layers of mascara:

This is such a waaaaaaaste.

5. 100 layers of foundation:


6. Kylie Jenner lip challenge:

You know this one. It dooesn’t just look bad, either– it is actually also pretty terrible for you.

7. Clown contouring:

Has Contouring Gone Too Far?

8. Neck contouring:

It sure has gone too far.

9. Leg contouring:

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10. The “look your worst” challenge:


11. The “don’t judge: challenge:

This was a Vine challenge from last summer that was supposed to be a means of promoting self-confidence and body positivity by having people post videos of their faces without makeup, but ended up morphing into something where conventionally attractive people just made fun of people who aren’t as conventionally hot. Which is…great, obviously.


What do you think of these makeup challenges? Would you ever do any of them? Let us know in the comments!

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