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What Was Your Biggest High School Beauty Mistake?

In high school, I made tons of beauty missteps, most of them coif-related: dying my hair bright orange (then wearing red lipstick), experimenting waaaay too much with Sun-In — so much so that my teachers jokingly gave me a bottle as a graduation gift — and several misadventures with glue-in hair extensions. I look back on it now and can't help but smile. The pictures are pretty cute, and a part of me is impressed by baby Bella's bravery. I also wonder why my poor parents said nothing, stifling giggles as they must have been. What about you? Did you make any beauty decisions that turned out to be hilariously misguided?

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annystrider annystrider 8 years
Mostly, it was just how thick my makeup was, whether it was the eye shadow or base. That and crunchy hair.
katweb katweb 8 years
Never learning how to apply make-up. My father wouldn't allow us to wear it and I was to goody-goody to sneak it. I'm still, at 42, clueless about make-up, plucking brows (my mom shaved hers off then penciled them back, I NEVER thought that was a good idea), etc. Also really bad at home perms! Got natural curls now, love em, but the perms, no make-up and cluelessness made me a bit of a wacko in school, beaty wise anyway!
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 8 years
i used to tuck my hair behind my ears, but leave two wisps on either side of my was barf. i did it in a school picture and my mom made me get it retaken.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
The only thing I regret is letting my hair get really long and boring junior year. Other than that I had fun experimenting, and didn't do a lot with my hair and makeup that I wouldn't do now.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 8 years
Oh where do I start.... I over plucked my eyebrows, dyed my natural dark brown locks platinum blonde (it looked horrible) and wore super low jeans with belly shirts (influenced by Britney Spears). I cringe every time I see photos!!!
EcoGirl EcoGirl 8 years
eyeliner ...
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
Oh snap... it was the way I tweezed my brows. Horrible... I think it was too much of everything. Teens have a habit of loving something to an extreme. I blame the hormones.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
glitter in middle school. emo style makeup in high school. :/ i'm very thankful there are no pictures during these phases!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
mletrav...brown lipstick used to be my THING in middle school lol!! when i would wear tight jeans and my brother's huge Nautica t-shirts. ewwww. High school, my biggest beauty mistake can be summed up in 2 words : spiral perm
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Same here -- too much aqua net hairspray. My hair did not move. Fortunately, no one lit a match near me, as my hair would have went up in flames. :)
mletrav mletrav 8 years
I too was a victim to sun in... and also to really poorly plucked eyebrows (shortened, but not cleaned up in the arch = caterpillar effect!) I also got into brown lipstick when it was trendy (late 90's - so more middle school for me than high school.) Overall, it wasn't the best!
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 8 years
Oh, the horror! I put a perm in my poker-straight hair, then I put in a hairband, teased my hair and sprayed lots and lots of hairspray in, until the whole mess was rock hard and disgusting. I still don't have a clue why on earth I felt that was a good idea. And I did that again and again. Why didn't my mother of best friend stop me, I wonder? Thankfully I wasn't experimenting with make up yet.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
Waaaay too much make-up. A boyfriend asked me if I had on a mask. I hated my freckles back then and covered them. And I plucked my eyebrows. They are naturally pretty thin but I went way over the top and looked like Pamela Anderson.
qtpie qtpie 8 years
overplucking the eyebrows... and too much eyeliner
NYKitty NYKitty 8 years
Was, and am, a major low maintenance girl. I was a total jock in school but I was so ashamed of my bitten-down nails, I lived in home-done fake nails. They were always wacky colors, and the worst was when they'd pop off in the middle of practice!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Crazy thin eyebrows, a ridiculous amount of black eyeliner, and overly teased/messy birds nest hair *cringe*
tallkell tallkell 8 years
My perms! They really damaged my hair.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 8 years
WAY too thick eyebrows and glitter as eyeshadow. Thick, chunky glitter. Everyone at the time loved I am older and wiser and know much better!
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
^ That's funny Advah, I used to do that in junior school and it looked even bushier than it does now. Curly hair should not be brushed! I never really wore make-up in high school, but my hair always looked a mess because it's so unmanageable!
Advah Advah 8 years
Brushing my curly hair! Good thing I realised a few months after I started highschool that my hair looked much better unbrushed..
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
Haha I moved to canada when i was 12, all the popular girls were very pale, i was a dark California girl. What did i do? Well started wearing the lightest Ivory foundation shade Covergirl has to offer.. you know the one that is basically translucent? It looked like a mark on my face! Luckily soon enough everyone there wanted tans and i fit right in.
telane telane 8 years
I would say that my worst was probably the time that I chopped off my elbow length hair when it turned curly.... I basically got a longer buzz cut! It was only about an inch long all over my head. I would spike it so it stuck out in every direction.... Lots of people loved it and still mention it from time to time, but I will never ever cut my hair shorter than shoulder length again.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Oh, Lord. One time I really wanted to try out the "dramatic cat eye" look and I drew a big ol' line on the sides of my eyes. Needless to say, I looked RIDIC. I also wore too much blue eyeshadow. I also REALLY, REALLY wanted to dye my hair blue or pink. Hey, what can I say? Those were my experimental years.
angelina8023 angelina8023 8 years
Way too much glitter eyeshadow!!! Let's just say a little never went a long way with me:)
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