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

Nicholle SophiaI’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.


Kylie Little Looks Big PicturesKylie From Little Looks Big Pictures

First Piece of Bad Advice: A little sun will clear up your acne: No! This is not true at all. Sure, the sun will tan your face and temporarily tint your skin, hiding acne and scars a bit, but this will only make your acne worse in the long run. The sun will actually darken your acne spots, and of course, not protecting your skin can lead to premature aging (wrinkles on wrinkles) and skin caner. So sure, you might feel slightly better about your skin after getting a little sun, but you will feel way worse about your skin down the line. I use Australian Gold Botanical sunscreen every day and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all, plus it is under $15. I also am a frequent self-tanner user which gives me that sun-kissed glow I undoubtably want.
Second Piece of Bad Advice: Your skin is already oily so you don’t need lotion: I have naturally combination/oily skin, so growing up, I rarely used lotion. Why would I need more moisture when my skin isn’t dry? Thank goodness I’ve changed those habits because lotion and facial oil can actually help control your oil production by keeping your skin moisturized and preventing your oil glands from over-producing. For oily skin, I love this lotion for every day use and this lotion for when I need a little extra moisture love.

Sharni Of A Girl & Grey

Sharni A Girl & GreyI 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, people10 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!

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I’ve heard some of these too. Especially the one about sun will help acne. Live and learn I guess. Ha!


Loved the post, it shows how different we are and what works for someone not necessary works for others! xx


Oh this was so much fun to read! The worst advice I got was to pluck my brows but I have low pain tolerance and I wasn’t sure what my brows were “supposed” to look like so I left them alone. Thank goodness I did!


I agree with everything except that blue eyeshadow doesn’t look good on anyone. I believe that the right blue can look stunning if it’s applied properly.
Ugh I totally relate to the eyebrow one, you can’t change your eyebrow shape!


HAHA oh my gosh I remember when I was in high school and the trend was totally just to wear black eyeliner on your lower lashline! I never really got into that myself but didn’t understand why other girls did it. Loved this post- so creative!!

xoxo A


This was hilarious! Nothing made me cringe more than the tweezing advice..that’s terrible!


I loved reading this! I got that same advice about sun for pimples and it’s just so bad!

The Blush Blonde


I’m so glad I never tweezed my eyebrows into tiny arcs! I was a kid during the early 2000s and my mom wouldn’t let me pluck them myself until I was older. Thank goodness the trend passed when I started high school in 2010!


These are hilarious! I have done many of them!
What 90’s kid escaped the eyebrow trend?
I’m STILL trying to figure out how to get mine even again.


This was a lot of fun to read. Thanks for some really entertaining stories!


Loved being a part of this post! There’s definitley a lot of ‘bad’ beauty advice out there!


OMG yes I was told the same eyeliner “trick,” I had raccoon eyes for so long because of it! Love hearing that other bloggers looked silly at some point too, haha!

The Classic Brunette


Hahahaha! This was a different and enjoyable blog post! I had fun reading it! Could relate to most of them! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! 🙂


I am “Surprised” and very grateful to you for sharing this post. I stopped using lotion as my skin is too oily. It saved me 🙂


this post was so fun! usually, you’re reading about the best advice. I second sharni..I was told to put black eyeliner on my under eye & what terrible advice that is!


One piece of bad advice I received was to use hot water on my oil skin. That just dried out my skin and made my skin produce even more oil.


Hot water will dry anyones skin out! I never understand where some people get these ideas from haha!

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