17 Embarrassing Beauty Trends From the 2000s

Welcome to the decade defined by fake tans and frosted lipstick.

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Welcome to the decade defined by fake tans and frosted lipstick.

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Fake Tans

A little sunless tanner can go a long way (and it's nearly always better than lying unprotected in the sun or tanning bed), but turning into an oompa loompa via spray tan is one trend that should be left in the 2000s forever.

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Fedoras

The infamous rule of "only one fedora per crew" should probably be switched to "zero fedoras per group," because this hat looks silly no matter who you are or what hairstyle you have.

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Icy Eye Makeup

A touch of highlighter and pale eyeshadow can open up your eye area. Dumping frosty silver all over the lids, however, just makes your eyes look heavy.

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Pencil-Thin Eyebrows

Since the mid-1990s, the fashion and makeup industry has gradually swayed beauty lovers towards thicker, face-framing eyebrows. Before that, women were rocking some seriously skinny ones, oftentimes involving shaving or wa off the original brow, then drawing over the empty space with eyeliner.

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Globs of Gloss

Lip gloss can be a powerful tool for making your pout look larger, but when you apply it in heavy doses, it just looks sticky.

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Chin Patch

There will always be a place in America's heart for *NSync. JC Chasez's manicured chin hair, on the other hand, can just get right out.

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Pigtails on Adults

Pigtails on a 6-year-old: adorable.

Pigtails on an adult: not so much.

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Chunky Highlights

Who could forget Kelly Clarkson's classic American Idol look? As nostalgic as her throwback photos make us, though, it's clear that losing these highlights improved Kelly's overall look quite a bit. These days, it's best to stick to less streaky highlights if you want a face-flattering hairdo — they look more natural and are easier to grow out.

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Short, Spiky Hair

Popularized by reality stars like Kate Gosselin, this haircut combined long front bangs with short, spiky hair in the back. No matter which way you style it, it's one haircut that flatters absolutely no one.

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Frosted Tips

Remember those little caps your stylist pulled hair through when you wanted highlights, ostensibly to make them look more "natural"? They didn't work on women, nor did they work on men — the results were always far too frosty.

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Poofy Half-Updos

We'll always love Jennifer Lopez's locks, but this updo made her (and all the teens who copied her for prom) like a poodle.

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Barbed Wire Armbands

In the late '90s and early '00s, celebrities began getting arm bands with spiky, pseudo-tribal designs. We're still not sure why.

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Zig-Zag Part

While a flipped hair part can look great, zig-zag parts look a little silly. Stick to using volumizing products and a little teasing to get fuller hair without the crookedness.

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Two-Toned Dye Jobs

Bronde hair blends brown and blonde hair colors to make a natural, pretty shade for the wearer. Two-toned hair in the 2000s did the exact opposite, keeping hues in stark contrast to one another.

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Acrylic Nails

Having long, strong nails is ideal, but not when it involves a bunch of filing, buffing, and applying fake gunk atop your nails. These days, a more subtle nail look is popular among manicure lovers.

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Poker-Straight Hair

Throughout the 2000s, the first thing women did in the morning was reach for the hair straightener.

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Sparkly Hair Feathers

Even Beyonce can't pull off this sparkly, shimmery hair accessory — that alone is reason enough to keep it away from the red carpet (and your head) forever.

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