7 Real-Life Fashion Disaster Horror Stories – and Their Happy Endings!
Top bloggers gave us the deets on how they turned around their worst fashion and beauty mishaps.
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Whether you shudder at photos of your high school prom dress, or can’t look at rainbow-colored eye shadow palette without having flash-backs, we’ve all experienced fashion and beauty disasters. Most of us know that our infamous faux pas will come back to haunt us again and again. Thanks mom for the photos!
That’s why we asked 7 prominent bloggers to share their worst mistakes and personal quick fixes. So maybe, just maybe, the next time you drop a chocolate ice cream cone on your white dress, you won’t be screaming into your pillow when you’re tagged on Facebook.
Jeannine Morris–Founder, Beauty Sweet Spot
My biggest beauty disaster was dyeing my own eyebrows. I ended up using hair dye and choosing a color that was way too dark and not only did I dye my brows, but I also dyed all of the skin around them. Let’s just say I looked more like Frankenstein than anything else.
There was no immediate fix and what I did still makes me cringe. I put nail polish remover on cotton balls and scrubbed my brows and face hoping to remove it. It helped to remove the dye on my skin (and also dried it out), but my brows took about a week to fade.
I should have known better! Now, I leave brow tinting in the hands of experts!
Tiffany Current –Author, How to Move in with Your Boyfriend (and Not Break Up with Him)
I was once a member of the over-plucker club. That’s right. One day, I got a little overzealous with my tweezing and plucked half of my right eyebrow away. I was mortified — especially when my husband affectionately referred to me as Cyclops.
So I did what any girl in my position would do. I ran to the drug store, bought some brow liner, and drew that sucker right back in. That little trick put a stop to my husband’s name-calling and made my eyebrow humiliation a thing of the past.
Jacey Duprie–Editor, Damsel in Dior
Imagine this: You’re sitting at a table full of your best gal pals patiently sipping wine as you wait for your hot guy friends to show up for dinner. You’ve been crushing hard for one of them and tonight you’re thinking he just might feel the same way. You get the text “on our way.” Maybe your hands are twitching with nerves or perhaps you just hit the glass oh-so-wrong because it instantly slips and spills red wine all over your adorable white blouse.
Yes, this tragic event happened to me. I can laugh about it know knowing that the boy and I ended in a summer fling. And I am thankful it happened because my best friend instantly came to the rescue with a solution I’d use forever. We immediately ordered soda water and literally drenched my blouse in it. Literally, the blouse was soaked in soda. We then used one of the bathroom hand dryers to dry off the blouse and then, like magic, the red wine disappeared. It just goes to show you that you can always count on your best friends, and soda water, to save the day.
Kimberlee Van Der Wall–Editor, I Have a Degree in This!
One of my biggest beauty disasters was wearing too much makeup! No one showed me the proper way to wear makeup so I made every mistake in the book that you could make.
One time during my senior year of high school, I showed up to school with very severe blush streaks, heavy purple eye shadow and dark lipstick. My best friend (who is gay) stopped me; mouth agape in horror told me that I looked like a drag queen (and not in fabulous way). He rushed me into the bathroom and quickly helped me wash most of it off. That’s why every girl needs a fabulous gay best friend to let her know when she looks crazy!
Jene Luciani – National TV Lifestyle Correspondent & Contributor, JeneLuciani.com
I once wore a dress designed by Chris March that was made out of 200 bras. It was to celebrate the launch event for the e-book release of my previously bestselling trade paperback The Bra Book (BenBella Books, 2009) and was a storyline for Chris Bravo’s show Mad Fashion last year. No one can say I’m not dedicated to my craft! As America’s Bra and Style Guru, Chris and I came up with this concept that we knew some would love, and others would hate. The party was attended by myself and some celebrity friends and of course, the wire services were on hand to capture it, while Bravo’s cameras were rolling.
Lo and behold, I’m a fashion critic for a number of national TV outlets as well as magazines such as Life & Style and I got to be on the RECEIVING end of the criticism when I ended up on the Worst of the Week pages of Star magazine as well as on Cosmo.com’s Worst Dressed Celebrities of the Year (judged solely on one dress, sigh). What I did to fix it? Instead of running into hiding, I embraced it….shared the Star spread with everyone and even had it framed. You have to be able to laugh at yourself once in a while. And when the show finally aired and people realized this dress was actually a first-of-its-kind made out of bras (nicknamed “the brastrocity”), people really got a kick out of it!
Liz P.–Editor, Beauty Black Book
There I was, on the dance floor, head tossed back in laughter, having a great time at a friend’s wedding when I caught my reflection in a passing mirror. What was that on my face, I wondered? A close up look sent shivers down my spine. I needed the privacy of a bathroom, and I needed it fast! With Mission Impossible stealth, I quickly made my way to the ladies room, bolted the door, and faced the mirror and my most frightening assignment… Moisturizers and foundations don’t always play well together and on this day, I wore a new moisturizer without first testing it with my camera ready foundation, a rookie mistake. The result was foundation separation and pilling. My mission: Create the illusion of smooth, even skin.
With no time to waste, I looked in my small (but fabulous) handbag to reveal the only tools at my disposal: two sticks of gum, cell phone, powder compact, retractable powder brush, lipstick and a wonder woman key chain. Like a makeup MacGyver, I grabbed my powder compact, simulated a powder puff fashioned out of several folded layers of tissue and began to pat and roll powder onto my face. Then, I buffed in the powder with my brush, added a dab of lipstick to my cheeks for color and a touch more on my lips (couldn’t hurt). I wiped the sweat from my brow and within minutes I was back on the dance floor, my makeup mission accomplished!
Courtney A. Leiva –Editor, The Doll House
Oh my dear dreaded senior portrait! You are the nemesis to my beauty existence. With your raccoon eyes and tacky uneven lip liner you remind me of a cross of 90s Christina Ricci and Scarlett Johansson in Ghost World (It may be ScarJo, but it is still Ghost World). You sit on my mother’s piano, dusty yet triumphant. Although you may be embarrassing, you’ve taught me oh so many beauty lessons.
Tip number one–those rocky raccoon eyes are far from chic! Ditch the black heavy under eyeliner and opt for softer brown shades; black closes while brown opens. Secondly, less is more. You may hear your grandma with the lipstick on her teeth drill this ever so annoying phrase into your head, but staring back at my senior portrait, grandma sure was right. You might think that you need that trendy neon green eye shadow because everyone else is wearing it but take it from me: your future self will thank you for it.
Tell us: What was your worst style or beauty disaster and what did you do to fix it?
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