We’ve all made a beauty mistake or two in our pasts. But the important thing is that we learn to move on.
1. Spiral Perms.
This look is best left to the poodles. Those perfectly uniform, tightly wound curls are awfully unnatural looking to begin with, and are not improved by the bouncy bangs they always seem to be paired with.
Name and Shame: Carrie Bradshaw in a SATC2 80s flashback.
2. Contrast Lip Liner
. Did anyone ever think that drawing a big dark line around their lips and leaving the inside light would fool anyone into thinking they had a fuller pout? These days, experts suggest playing it safe with lipliner by filling in the lips as well, before going over with lipstick.
Name and Shame: Lil Kim
Mid-aughties, celebs everywhere started replacing their natural teeth with veneers. This is one example where slight imperfections really do make a prettier picture “ with a row of identical white chompers, celebs either looked like cartoons, or senior citizens. Denturetastic.
Name and Shame: Hilary Duff
4. Drawn on Eyebrows.
This is like two beauty faux pas rolled into one: severely overplucked brows, and fakey fake, overarched doodles to replace them.
Name and Shame: Pamela Anderson.
5. Super Long Fingernails (or toenails, for that matter!).
Mile-long talons do not make you instantly glamorous, they make you instantly useless (using your phone, the ATM, even feeding yourself becomes difficult without the full use of your fingers).
Name and Shame: Rihanna
Subtle, sunkissed highlights these ain’t. Back in the 90s and early aughties, girls favoured chunky, high-contrast streaks for that stripey tiger look.
Name and Shame: Kelly Clarkson
7. Feathered bangs.
Thank goodness these poofy mullet-like bangs mostly stayed safely in the 80s.
Name and Shame: Kylie Minogue
8. Extra Frosting.
In the late 90s, a wave of sickly-sweet pastel pervaded Junior High schools everywhere. Wearing a combo of light lavender eyeshadow, cotton candy clothing, and shimmery white Lip Smackers produced an instant washed-out effect. Like being thrown up on by a bad prom dress.
Name and Shame: Katherine Heigl in Disney’s 1996 Wish Upon a Star.
9. Real Tanning.
Before we knew how dangerous it was, millions of women fried their skin within every inch of its life, often with the aid of a generous dose of baby oil. Leathery skin, courtesy of exposure to cancer-causing, wrinkle-forming UV rays? No thanks.
Name and Shame: Britney Spears (who at last count, still carried a tanning bed on her tour bus).
10. The Reverse Mullet.
Kate Gosselin has brought eight children into this world, and one very unflattering, confusing hairdo.
Name and Shame: The one and only KG.