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The Worst Beauty Advice You Ever Received

What's the Worst Beauty Advice You've Ever Received?

Once, I had a lady at the Prescriptives counter tell me that because of my pink and blue undertones, I should only wear blue-based lipsticks and cool-toned eye shadows. It wasn't until years later that I realized that she'd been totally wrong — I actually look much better in warm, bright oranges, yellows, and violets. Unfortunately, I'd already spent my teen years and a bit of my early 20s following her "expert" advice.

Almost every woman I've talked to has been given some truly crappy beauty advice, regardless of whether she immediately recognized it for what it was, or spent years laboring under a misapprehension. So it's time for a little catharsis: what's the worst beauty advice anyone ever gave you? And how did you find out they were wrong?

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Dravaina Dravaina 5 years
To use St. Ives Apricot Scrub...OMG, the worst product on the market! I can't believe they still sell that stuff. It has crushed apricot seeds, which does not exfoliate like it claims, it gives you microscopic cuts all over your face leading to uneven skin texture and tone later. You need an exfoliator with microbeads, not apricot seeds!
magickofreiki magickofreiki 6 years
Growing up my best friend's mother told us the best (and cheapest) eye makeup remover is Vaseline. Sure, it works, but years later in beauty school I learned that petroleum is one of the worst things you can put on your skin!! The esthetics instructor almost had a heart attack when I told her I was using it lol. I was so mad I had been taking my eye makeup off every night for the past 15 years with it. Funny because last year on the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz told viewers not to use Vaseline either because your skin absorbs the petroleum and it's not healthy.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Not really advice but a friend said that the foundation I picked looked like it would match my skin. Not really. I looked like I died two weeks ago. Just ghastly looking. Another is metallic lipcolors is awesome for my deep complexion, like gold, silver, bronze. Uh he!! to the no. Makes me look like I am on drugs. The same goes for frosty lip colors. I just can't pull it off.
DianaB DianaB 6 years
This advice wasnt for me.. was for my BF at the time.. we were like 15 and my friend had a lot of acne and a "lady" told my friend that she should take the her used pad!!!!! and the blood would help her get rid of the acne.. My friend almost cried =( and of course she did not do such thing!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Oh, I heard about the Radiolab piece on parting your hair. It's been on my "to listen to" list for a couple of weeks.
KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
theclassyanarchist - FWIW, I listened to a podcast (WNYC Radiolab, I think) about how parting your hair on either side of your face influences how people see you. I mean, it's definitely a "theory" and maybe is full of bunk, but at least in that podcast they said that parting your hair on the right makes you seem more feminine/creative.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 6 years
I got told recently (I work for a cosmetics counter) that I needed to wear more pink lip colors because of my porcelain, pink toned complexion. Pink lipstick just accentuates how much pink and red there is in my skin! Coral is my color (especially since I'm ginger!)
nicky360 nicky360 6 years
I once had a makeup rep tell me that my lipstick, fingernail polish and clothing should always match.
theclassyanarchist theclassyanarchist 6 years
One hairstylist told me that since I side-part my hair, that I should do it from the right side because it makes me look younger. I never actually found out if that was a load of bull, but every time I ask another stylist if its true they look at me like I'm crazy! These days, I part my hair however I am feeling at the time. :)
chloevios chloevios 6 years
it should be a shade darker than your skin color =) ^^^^
hyperchild0405x3 hyperchild0405x3 6 years
To always get concealer two shades lighter than your skin color. It has led to many pictures in which I have odd light spots on my face :(
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