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Most Ridiculous Beauty Trends Of All Time 

Katia Kleyman
Updated August 15, 2018 99.7k votes 11.8k voters 391.8k views 16 items

List Rules Vote up the trends you thought were cool, but definitely do NOT hold up in hindsight.

Makeup trends come and go in a flash, and everyone has seen celebrity makeup fails that make you question what look they were going for. But it's not just the stars who fall victim to cringe-worthy cosmetic styles. If you’re grew up obsessed with everything beauty, there are probably some makeup trends you regret following.

Some WTF makeup trends are fairly silly and benign. Why would you want deliberately smeared lipstick, or eyeliner drawn in the shape of a penis? Other dumb trends are flat-out mystifying. Glitter roots may be shiny, but they also look like extra fancy dandruff. Plus, you'll never get all those sparkles out of your hair.

Are these embarrassing beauty mistakes, or simply fads that came and went? It's up to you to decide the worst recent makeup trends of all. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  

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Nose Hair Extensions

In 2017, a somewhat questionable beauty trend popped up on Instagram: nose hair extensions. People began adding tiny fake hairs to their nostrils and snapping pics. Whether you find the look a funny takedown of beauty standards or a little too gross, it's definitely memorable.

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Pimple Nails
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Vlogger Natasha Lee debuted her oh-so-disgusting pimple nails in October 2017. The manicure is easy to do: simply add some hand cream in between layers of polish to create poppable "zits." The result is a little too real, unless you love those blemish removal videos.

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NSFW Eyeliner
NSFW Eyeliner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Most Ridiculous Beauty Trends Of All Time
Photo: flickr/CC0

This... unique eyeliner look started off as a gag, but it quickly caught on. You can thank Asia Brautigam for this NSFW trend. She started “d*ckliner” after she saw all the various creative eye looks on social media and figured she’d have a go, too. Since Brautigam drew her first member, thousands of others have followed suit.

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Clumpy Mascara
Clumpy Mascara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Most Ridiculous Beauty Trends Of All Time
Photo: pyronpowermakeup/Instagram

Clumpy mascara was long considered a beauty faux pas, but that changed in 2015. Taking a cue from '60s icons like Twiggy, makeup artists began creating jagged, spidery lashes. Even Maybelline launched a clumpy mascara look. It's certainly noticeable, though undeniably messy.

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