I remember being a young teenager and sneaking into my moms bathroom to use her makeup before school (sorry mom!). She would leave for work and I would have ten minutes to apply some bronzer, eyeshadow and blush before walking to the bus stop. I had no idea what I was doing, but I know I loved applying the makeup every morning! Eventually I got my own makeup and learned how to apply it, but along the way I’ve read, and received, some bad makeup advice.
I’m not the only one, though! I think every woman has received some makeup advice, that looking back on, was not good! That’s why I reached out to some lovely beauty bloggers and asked them to share the worst makeup advice they’ve ever received. Hopefully by sharing our own horror stories we can guide others in the right direction.
Nicholle Of Nicholle Sophia
I’ve received so much unsolicited makeup advice over the years but the absolute WORST advice I’ve ever been given was to tweeze my eyebrows and create an “arch”. 17 year old me thought- “hmm my brows are kinda straight looking” so there I went on an insane tweezing mission, I headed to my local drug store & picked up a pair of Tweezerman pink tweezers and it was all downhill from there. I look back at pictures of me as a high school junior & cringe! I had no eyebrows!
If anyone ever tells you to reshape your eyebrows don’t do it! As a girl in her mid-twenties now, I know that you can’t change the shape of your brows & you need to work with what you’ve got! I’ve spent the last 8 or so years growing my brows back and I’m finally satisfied with how they look.
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Sharni Of A Girl & Grey
I think the worst makeup advice I’ve ever received was to put black eyeliner in my lower waterline and nowhere else. My eyes are quite small so it just looked beyond bizarre on me. I definitely think it’s better to go for a blended out eyeliner on the top and bottom lash line – it looks more lived in and less vampy.
Also – don’t share your eyeliner or mascara with your friends! That’s so gross!
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Meg Of Remaining Meg
I haven’t necessarily received a lot of “bad” beauty advice, but I have participated in some pretty embarrassing beauty “trends”/styles that I wish someone would have called to my attention. I went through a phase in high school where I wore shimmery blue eye shadow on a daily basis. Oh, and by the way, I had some killer bangs too (gross). Blue eye shadow doesn’t look good on anyone! Why didn’t anyone tell me this!? Eventually, I grew out my bangs, ditched the blue eye shadow and started to come into my own as far as beauty and fashion go (though there were definitely some missteps along the way).
Unfortunately, I didn’t escape the razor thin brow trend of the early 2000’s. Thank god I survived, but not without some battle wounds. My eyebrows literally have bald spots and don’t even grow in certain spots from over waxing. Don’t touch your eyebrows, people! 10 years from now, I wonder what the why on Earth did we do that “trends” will be?
Felicia Of Mascara In The City
The worst makeup advice I ever received was probably when I was around 15/16 years old and I just starting with makeup. I didn’t have high end makeup and I didn’t really have anyone to guide me. But the one person who did give me some guidance definitely guided me in the wrong direction. I want to thank this person who told me bronzer is everything and to make sure to use it all over your face. Who ever said orange was the look back then was all wrong!
I think I’ve done everything single thing these ladies talked about! That’s what our teen years are for though, right? Having fun with makeup and trying things out until we get it right. Sure, our mistakes make for some laughable photos now but at the time we thought we looked great!
What bad makeup advice have you received? Sound off in the comments below!