What’s Your Most Embarrassing Beauty Story?
We’ve all tried out different trends and styles that may have seemed like our best idea yet, but in hindsight turned out to be our worst. It’s unfortunate, but at least these moments make for some excellent stories!
So, quit being embarrassed about that rainbow hairdo you pulled off in the 12th grade that may or may not have ruined your senior portrait, but embrace it instead.
Here are some of the best and most embarrassing beauty stories sent into us by our readers, because truth be told – we’re all in this together!
“I got a spray tan the day before my junior prom. The next morning I wanted to exercise so that I’d look extra hot in my gown, because who doesn’t want that? Little did I know that I would be left with a sports bra tan line because of it. Hint: bronzer is a godsend.”
-Rebecca, 22, Massachusetts
“I used to wear really bright lipstick. It was my own specific trend and my friends knew me by it. Of course it was only fitting to wear my signature red lip on a blind date I had been set up on. I was liking the guy and felt that we were really hitting it off… that is until I got home and looked in the mirror only to see a line of my bright red lipstick smeared across my teeth. Needless to say, I suddenly understood why I didn’t get a goodnight kiss after dinner.”
-Sheila, 66, Ohio
“For some reason, I had an urge to get bangs but I was in High School AND on the cheerleading squad, so of course there was constant judgement. Long story short, I cut my bangs one night out of boredom with scissors meant to cut paper – big mistake. I had to pin my bangs back with bobby pins for months. They were so short and choppy that even the bobby pins couldn’t keep them in place most of the time! I couldn’t wear a ponytail at football games I cheered at without getting made fun of, because I looked like alfalfa. Luckily my bangs have grown out since then but it was definitely a lesson learned.”
-Erica, 27, California
“I was a sophomore in high school at the time and it was an hour or two before I was going out with my friends. To prep my skin for our big night, I decided to use a clay face mask I found in my sister’s room. I knew that she had used them in the past, so I figured it was a safe choice to make my face extra glowy. After about 20 mins, I took it off and boy did it make me glow…RED for that matter! I looked completely sunburnt, I didn’t know what to do. I had nothing to lose at this point and decided to try calming my beet red face down with an ice pack… and believe it or not it actually worked! Huge tip: Make sure you always check the expiration date on these types of things, or else you’ll learn the hard way like me (thanks a lot sis).”
Jess, 22, New Jersey
“I started threading my eyebrows in eighth grade because I heard that it was more precise than waxing. Everything was great, up until the day before my eighth grade dinner dance. My dress was bought, my shoes were killer, and I was super excited! Of course I had to look “put together” for it, meaning that my brows needed to be done. I did a walk-in threading appointment at the mall, because I was in the area. I had been growing out my brows so that they could look thick and amazing for my dance and I wanted to give off Megan Fox vibes, who doesn’t? Before we got started I said, “I don’t want them thin, please.” She nodded and the brow grooming began. After she finished her work, I looked at my reflection and nearly fell out of my chair! They were practically invisible. Turns out that she misheard me and thought I asked her to make them thin. Moral of the story: Make sure you say your words in a way that can’t be misinterpreted.”
-Chloe, 16, Florida
“I was in Las Vegas for my best friend’s birthday and we were killing it on the dance floor, to the point that I was sweating my makeup off. I started to feel super sticky and gross from going a bit too hard, so my friend and I took a trip to the bathroom to address my sweat situation. When I was in the bathroom, I remembered reading somewhere that toilet seat covers make excellent oil blotting papers. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I gave it a go. I have to say, I was very impressed with it…that is until a group of girls walked through the door and saw me standing there with an entire toilet seat cover stuck to my face. I truly hope that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Liz, 30, Colorado
“There was this one time when I over-tweezed my eyebrow. You heard me, only ONE of them! I was trying to make it work, but they were just too uneven. To make matters worse, I was going out that night! I didn’t have anything meant for filling eyebrows in, so my fight or flight instinct made me frantically grab the first eyeshadow pallet I saw. I thought that the brown shade on it would be the perfect trick to fix my hairless brow. I quickly threw some on and headed out the door. We took a ton of pictures that night and it wasn’t until I saw them that I realized I looked SO ridiculous because the brown eyeshadow I used ended up faded AND It was a glitter shadow. Never again.”
Lejla, 19, New Jersey
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