10 women share their most cringe-worthy beauty mistakes.

Image: Abi Shenton/Lush (Twitter)

After mistaking a brightly-coloured Lush bath bomb for soap, UK woman Abi Shenton was left a little pink-faced. Quite literally.

Rather than hide away, she shared the (hilarious) evidence on Twitter, writing, “Hi! @lushcosmetics just a quick question, are your products supposed to stain the human skin fluorescent pink?”

However, Abi soon realised the error of her ways as she explained in a tweet three days (and several baths) later.

Oh dear. (Image: Twitter.)

 

“You are supposed to dilute [the product] into water but I thought it was a soap and rubbed it all over my body and face (explains why my hair is dry)," she wrote.

“I misused this product! ... A very helpful friend of mine works at Lush and helped me remove all the pink stain with lemon juice, olive oil and a gritty face wash.”

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Oh, Abi.

But hey, we've all been there — and we all have one (or 1558468) beauty horror stories of our own. Just ask the ladies of Reddit, who shared their worst beauty mistakes in a very cringe-worthy thread. Many of their stories were universal — over-plucked eyebrowsfake tan horror situation, using the wrong foundation by about a zillion shades — but then again, some most definitely aren't.

1. "I used to shave off my eyebrows and draw them on."

"I used to shave off my eyebrows and draw them on when I was 16. I know. I'm sorry! At least I stopped doing it before they stopped growing back." - planet_smasher

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2. "I put dark eyeshadow on the top and bottom."

"When I first got in to makeup my mum gave me a ton of hand me downs, including her favourite shades of forest green, navy blue, and eggplant purple. Unfortunately, she never thought to explain to me how to use said makeup. So for about a year I put those darker colours on the top AND bottom of my eyes, not as liner but more in trying to mimic the bags under my mum's eyes... I thought that's what they were supposed to look like..." - Anonymous.

3. "I used the completely wrong shade of foundation."

"I used to use my very tan mother's foundation and powder before school. I'm extremely pale. The result was horrific." - romanadvoratrelundar

4. "I applied antiperspirant to my face."

"When I was a tween, I didn't understand the concept of an oily face... I just thought my face was sweating. For a long time I would apply antiperspirant to my face because I thought this would help." - M30W (Post continues after gallery.)

5. "Bright. Blue. Eyeshadow."

"Bright. Blue. Eyeshadow. Every single day I wore this same shade of blue eyeshadow all over my eyes. I was maybe 14 or so and had no idea what I was doing. I wasn't even wearing mascara or eyeliner yet -- and my lashes are blonde to the point of being clear. It was terrible." - Concept_Check

6. "I tried to copy Kate Winslet in Titanic."

"I remember when Titanic came out trying to use black eyeliner and red lipstick for the first time (together, naturally). I didn't quite look like Kate Winslet although I felt pretty hot at the time. I am so glad digital cameras didn't exist when I was in high school." - mandie72

7. "I dyed my pretty red hair black."

"I have really pretty red hair but I got so sick and tired of people telling me that for years, that in the eighth grade I started dying it a darker red. After a year, I was dying it black with a blue or purple tint. I look back at photos now and I cringe." - shezbot

8. "Glitter."

"It was the early '90s. Glitter (like daily basis glitter.)" - ericaciliaris

9. "I looked like Dame Edna for two years."

"My biggest problem was living in a basement and not changing the lighting. I looked like Dame Edna for two years." - mandie72

What is the worst beauty mistake you have ever made?

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