The 60 Most Embarrassing Beauty Trends of the Last 40 Years

When it comes to shameful fads, every decade is guilty.

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When it comes to shameful fads, every decade is guilty.

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Round, Teased Hair

Looking like an extra in Mars Attacks! doesn't seem like a great idea anymore, but Marisa Berenson and other actresses at the time helped popularize this heavily hair-sprayed style.

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Heavily Defined Makeup

You know how you're always told to play up either your lips or eyes? Well, in the '70s, you played up your lips, eyes, cheeks, eyebrows…

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Mullet Shag

A primitive form of the mullet, this style plagued the 1970s with its feathered shagginess.

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Tanning Oil

Slathering on lots of oil to enhance your "glow" is now a thing of the past, but at one point, women flocked to the beach covered in this greasy stuff.

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Huge Punk Hair

The 1970s gave birth to the punk movement, but with it came some of the most absurd (and time-consuming!) hairstyles in history.

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Tadpole Brows

Neither thin nor thick, this crazy brow shape flattered no one — not even Madonna.

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Crocheted Beanies

Sorry folks, but no matter how you wear these, they just make you look like a little girl.

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Bushy Sideburns

Yes, men rocked ridiculous facial hair like it was the 19th century all over again.

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Flower Clips

Unless you are a child in a wedding or an actual fairy, please do not put flowers on the top of your head like Goldie Hawn.

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Chalky Blue Shadow

This is one trend that's , but we sure hope nobody tries this type of dusty, thick formula.

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Sweatbands

If you're working out and actually need a sweatband, by all means, wear one — but skip the neon versions from the '80s. Those are best left behind with leg warmers.

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Giant Teased Hair

Voluminous curls can look wonderful, but not when they've been teased within an inch of their life.

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Dark Lip Liner

While a subtle lip contour à la Marilyn Monroe is an effective way to get a pretty pout, Madonna's way-too-dark lip liner from the '80s is a big no-no.

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Heavy Neon Makeup

One bright shade at a time, please.

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Side Ponytails

Full House's Stephanie Tanner: adorable. The side ponytail she and innumerable other '80s kids wore: not so much.

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Eyeshadow Up to the Brow

In the '80s, nobody bothered to blend their makeup — especially when it came to eyeshadow. And as pop star Cyndi Lauper proves here, brow-skimming bright colors were all the rage.

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Mullets

Though he was one of the biggest hunks of the decade, it's important to remember that at some point, John Stamos rocked a mullet.

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Feathered Mullet

Flattering on no one, this hairstyle inexplicably stayed popular throughout the '80s and into the early '90s.

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Scrunchies

We're glad this not-so-useful accessory became a thing of the past. Not only did your ponytail keep slipping out, but it also looked really messy. Or was that the point?

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Neon Plastic Earrings

Color (the brighter, the better) was considered totally awesome in the '80s. And that included your accessories. Case in point: Lisa Turtle's earring game was tight.

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Crimped Hair

We get it, textured hair can be kind of cool. But this ubiquitous '80s style (modeled here by Taylor Dayne) just looks frizzy — and wasn't really flattering on anybody.

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Hot Pink Blush

A subtle touch of blush adds a healthy glow to your face. Caking on a hot pink shade, however, just makes you look a little scary.

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Rat Tails

This, um, interesting hairstyle was more popular amongst men, but women occasionally wore this unfortunate 'do, too.

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Brow Gems

Atop her too-thin eyebrows, Gwen Stefani's '90s look often involves teensy tiny gems.

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Harsh Highlights

A few well-placed highlights can totally brighten up your face, but brassy blonde streaks all over your head often do the opposite. These days, most folks like to keep their lightening game on the more subtle side.

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Center-Parted Bowl Cuts

Dear every boy in the '90s who wore this haircut: What were you thinking? Bowl cuts can actually look cute sometimes (case in point: Jennifer Hudson's new hair), but parting them down the center and letting the hair look all floppy? Oof.

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Pigtails on Adults

If you are an adult human, please repeat after me: Pigtails are never a good idea.

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Spiky Men's Cuts

Mark McGrath had the biggest triple-whammy of bad '90s fashion for men: awkward facial hair, blonde highlights, and spiky gelled hair.

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Heavy Lower Liner

Nothing makes your eyes look smaller than donning heavy lower lid liner, yet we all opted to do thick black liner all around of our eyes for all 10 years.

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Casual Tiaras

Remember when everybody suddenly started wearing tiaras to school dances, proms and, if you were a celebrity, red carpet events? Oh boy. Folks, don't wear a crown unless you're an actual royal.

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