The Worst Makeup Moments in Reality TV History

The lip gloss is not poppin', boo.

Reality TV stars are loud, aggressive and outrageous. It’s practically idiotic to think they wouldn’t channel a similar aesthetic when it comes to makeup. Most of us aim for sensible and chic when caking our faces, but reality TV darlings take a more—erm—liberal approach. These three rules are Scripture:

  • Don’t be afraid to mix clashing colors. The aim is to make your face akin to an actual rainbow.
  • Never use waterproof mascara. Ever.
  • Blindly pick your base and foundation. It keeps life more interesting.
  • Yes, reality TV makeup is a rare brand of slay. But we appreciate it like, um, a small-town carnival—nauseating, but kind of cool. These 10 kweens are masters of the tacky trade. And it’s time we tribute them properly.

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    • 1 Teresa Giudice, The Real Housewives of New Jersey
      Smeared mascara chic.

    • 2 Ramona Singer, The Real Housewives of New York City
      Undressing you with her eyes.

    • 3 Kim Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
      It’s OK, Queen Kim. We’ve all been here. (But waterproof makeup would have been clutch in this moment.)

    • 4 Alexis Neiers, Pretty Wild
      You can’t blame Nancy Jo for this clumpy mascara, Alexis.

    • 5 Phaedra Parks, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
      Lemon Popsicle is never a good eye shadow color, P—especially when paired with mint green nail polish. What’s happening here?

    • 6 Mama June, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
      Serving head-to-toe What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? realness.

    • 7 Kylie Jenner, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
      Sometimes less is more, KyKy.

    • 8 Morgan Stewart, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
      Foundation fail. Why so pale, bb?

    • 9 Cynthia Bailey, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
      Unless you’re drunk at an Atlantic City casino at 3 a.m., this aggressively shimmery eye shadow is best left at home. Hidden.

    • 10 Alexis Bellino, The Real Housewives of Orange County
      And the same goes for lavender eye liner. (In fact, if you’re not 14 en route to a sleepover, don’t bother.)