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Most Ridiculous Beauty Trends Of All Time

Updated August 15, 2018 123.9k votes 11.9k voters 394.2k views16 items

List RulesVote 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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    Bubble Nails

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    Ever wondered what it looked like to have gumballs stuck to your nails? Well, now you don’t have to. The bubble nail trend first came out around 2009, but didn’t become a thing until 2015. It's basically impossible to DIY, though, because it's essentially a mound of acrylic layers on your nail bed.

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    Lollipop Lips

    Photo: maccosmetics / Instagram

    Mac Cosmetics came up with a look they call “lollipop lips.” Essentially, it's artfully feathered lip color that's supposed to look like the wearer has been sucking on a lollipop. But plenty of people think it looks messy, or like a rash.

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    Nail Polish Mountains

    Nail polish mountains were born as a YouTube challenge. Beauty experts were dared to try to slather on 100 layers of various products, from foundation to hair extensions. Nail artist Cristine managed to get 116 coats of polish slathered onto her nails; another person painted on 280. But then you're stuck with glob-encased fingers that are essentially ineffective.

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    Vagisil Face Primer

    You might not feel comfortable rubbing genital cream onto your face. But makeup artist Huda Kattan swears Vagisil makes a great primer. She posted a video testing out several unconventional primers, like lube and laxatives, but chose Vagisil as the winner.

    Kattan might be onto something. Vagisil and many makeup primers share a common ingredient: dimethicone.

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