You know how it is: you see something pretty in a magazine, you think, “Wow, that would look great on me!” And then a week later you’re crying to your hair stylist because your failed ombre attempt now makes you look like you smashed your head against a pumpkin.
The stylist gazes at your orange, patchy mess of hair and sighs deeply, chiding you for not coming to them sooner. We’ve all been there, girl. From disastrous beauty trends to drunken ideas, the world of beauty is difficult to navigate. It’s no wonder we often get lost in it. For a laugh, let’s talk about the most common beauty regrets and things you can do to fix them.
Beauty Regrets Number One: Ruined Hair
Like the aforementioned DIY ombre, hair disasters are quite common when you decide to forgo the professionals and rely on box dyes and your own untrained hands to partake in a current trend. Do yourself a favor: See a hair stylist if you want the best hair trend seen in Vogue, and make sure you get regular trims and that you treat your hair with care to keep it healthy and glossy.
Beauty Regrets Number Two: Pencil-Thin Brows
Once you start plucking it’s hard to stop. The ’90s are most recently to blame for a terrible trend of unnaturally thin brows that make our face look oddly flat and moon-like. We can’t all be blessed like Jennifer Connelly and Cara Delevingne, but microblading and good makeup tricks for perfect brows can go a long way. Also, when you pluck, it’s good to draw out the outline of the shape you want for your brows to avoid over-plucking.
Beauty Regrets Number Three: Highlighting
Not that a glow that signals aliens in outer space isn’t amazing, it just might be a tad overwhelming once it starts blinding your boss as you strut around the office. To avoid pesky lawsuits and giving people vision problems, consider something more subtle for your everyday look. Mac’s Soft and Gentle is lovely for a workday, and once your shift is done, feel free to have fun with Fenty Beauty’s famed Trophy Wife highlighter and replace the disco ball of the club you’re going to.
Beauty Regrets Number Four: Bad Foundation
From a glazed turkey to a human impersonation of Cheetos, there are levels of how bad this can get. Once you start resembling a Halloween craft, it’s time to consult the kind people at Sephora or Ulta and ask them to match you with your proper shade. Here’s a tip: match the foundation to your chest and neck, because your face can easily get ruddy during the day. It’s a good way to avoid that harsh strip of discoloration that ends at your chin.
Beauty Regret Number Five: Bad Concealer
Straight from the frying pan and into the fire, the only thing worse than bad foundation is bad concealer. Also, here’s something most people find mind-blowing: you need two different shades. One for your under-eye dark circles, and the other one for spot concealing. Find either two concealers, or something even better like POLA Silfique Concealer Palette which already has two shades to cover all your needs. The undereye concealer needs to be a shade or two lighter than your skin tone to give your face definition and brighten your complexion, and the other concealer needs to match your skin tone exactly right.
Beauty Regrets Number Six: Bad Skincare
Will only one night of not removing your makeup really hurt your face? Well, kind of, yes. To be honest, not removing your makeup is a pretty terrible idea. Even if you don’t see immediate consequences, that breakout a few days later will come as an unpleasant surprise. Those wrinkles 5, 10 years from now will gleefully settle around your eyes and mouth. And it’s not just makeup removal either, you need to find the right nourishing ritual for your skin type – combination/oily skin needs an entirely different regimen than a dry one.
Look, we’ve all attempted an inexplicably stupid Pinterest hack at one time or another. Honestly, there’s no need to be embarrassed. These are all supremely fun stories to tell, and experimenting with products and trends is what leads to some pretty expert skills. Don’t let these discourage you! Simply use them as a learning experience and a Friday night anecdote over a bottle of wine with your girlfriends.
Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 2, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.