We've all made more than our fair share of beauty mistakes over the years, but it looks like we're not the only ones with some regrettable looks in our past. Even though they've got the best glam squads at their disposal, many A-List celebs have still managed to stumble down the path of primping disaster.
To prove our point, we dug up seven of the most cringe-worthy celebrity beauty missteps and turned them into teachable moments, if you will. Take a peek at what happens when bad beauty happens to normally chic people. Then, take notes so that these makeup nightmares don't happen to you.
The Blunder: Mismatched Makeup
The Offender: Leighton "Crazy Eyes" Meester
Never in a million years would we think to pair red and purple accessories together, let alone lipstick and eyeshadow, respectively. Seriously — the usually lovely (and impeccable!) Leighton Meester can't even pull off this tricky, ambitious look.
The Fix: With bold beauty looks, remember this cardinal cosmetic rule: If your eyes are smoky and dramatic, a subdued lip is its best complement, and vice versa. When rocking racy red lips, a few coats of lengthening mascara are all you need.
Photo: Picture Perfect/Rex USA
The Blunder: Shiny Skin
The Offender: Angelina "Oil Slick" Jolie
A touch of dewiness here and there is often desired, but a full-blown blast of shine just makes your face look incredibly oily, like Angelina Jolie, who unfortunately looks like she’s wearing a grease veil of sorts, here.
The Fix: A light dusting of loose translucent powder across your T-zone, cheeks, and chin will set your foundation with a matte finish, and keep oil at bay throughout the day. Or, keep blotting papers in your purse to discreetly remove excess sebum at a moment's notice.
Photo: MediaPunch Inc/Rex USA
The Blunder: Concealer Catastrophe
The Offender: Taraji "Powder Puff" Henson
But still, there’s an incredibly fine line involved with translucent powder. Use too little and you’re liable to look greasy. Use too much, and chances are you’ll look a bit like Casper, or Taraji P. Henson, here. Not helping the case: the too-light concealer.
The Fix: It’s quite easy to pick up too much powder, so gently tap your brush on the side of the container to remove any excess from the bristles, leaving just enough to do the job it's supposed to do. And throw out that old rule about choosing concealer that is lighter than your skin tone — you want that cover-up to match your skin, not create a too-pale mask around your eyes.
Photo: Picture Perfect/Rex USA
The Blunder: Barely-There Brows
The Offender: Malin "Golden Arches" Akerman
The eyebrows frame the face and are the veritable icing on the cake; even Malin Akerman's megawatt smile couldn’t detract from the fact that her pair failed to make much of an appearance on this fateful day. The part we can see suffers from looking too thin and penciled on, which harshens her overall look.
The Fix: When your brows fall on the sparse side, fill them in with powder, gel, or pencil. To make them look more natural, use short, feathered strokes to mimic real hair, as opposed to drawing them on using long, continuing lines.
Photo: David Fisher/Rex/Rex USA
The Blunder: Blush Gone Wild
The Offender: Kate "Red In The Face" Middleton
When wearing rouge, the idea is to look naturally flushed, like you’ve just been kissed. Kate Middleton seems to have missed that memo, on this occasion. Forget just been kissed: Her cheeks looks like she and Wills just came from a marathon makeout session in the ballroom.
The Fix: Bear in mind that it’s easier to add more color than it is to take excess away. However, if you find that you've applied too much blush, dust powder foundation on top to diffuse the color. If you're wearing a cream formula, dampen a sponge and dab tinted moisturizer over the blush.
Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages
The Blunder: Excessive Eyeliner
The Offender: Nicole "Smoke In Your Eyes" Richie
We can't really blame Nicole Richie for this one — we can't count the number of times we aimed for a super-smoky eye and wound up wearing way too much liner. The big problem here is that she's layered too much dark shadow and liner underneath her eye, which drags her whole look down and makes her look sleepy.
The Fix: Add a shimmery nude liner into your smoky eye arsenal. Use it to define your water line and it will brighten your eyes and make them appear bigger — no matter how heavy-handed you are with the smudgy black shadow.
Photo: Everett Collection/Rex USA
The Blunder: Bronzer Overload
The Offender: Kim "Shake 'n Bake" Kardashian
Okay, so we're a little torn on how we feel about Kim, but she's not helping her case with the heavy-handed bronzer. She already has a naturally stunning complexion, but by going crazy with the faux glow, she's covering up all that gorgeous duskiness.
The Fix: Bronzer is meant to highlight the contours of your face, catching the light to give you a sunkissed glow. Instead of swirling it all over your visage, dust it on the high points, like your browbone, cheekbones, the top of your nose and your chin. And of course, be sure to blend out the color so you don't have that weird '80s streak going on.