Beauty: The Best And The Worst

“Oh my GOSH,” a painfully pretty classmate gasped in horror before pointing to my face. “You have HUGE  bags under your eyes!”

And that friends, was the last day my face saw the outside world without a generous application of makeup on it. I was thirteen years old.

Kids are cruel but comments like that stick with us forever. And since that very vocal (and very brutal) observation, makeup for me has been all about concealing my flaws. For ten years I’ve desperately tried to hide the dark circles under my eyes, cried out of sheer exasperation from  failed attempts at covering my pimples, and spent about a trillion – nay, a zillion – dollars on foundation to cover the redness my poor face is so susceptible too.

And I know I’m not alone in this. How many times have you cancelled on a date or brought yourself to tears because you thought you just didn’t measure up? How many times have you thought “if I just had that new [insert beauty product of choice] I would feel amazing and confident?” Only to feel pretty much as bad as you felt before.

Well Audrey-ites, I vote we put the fun back in beauty. Beauty isn’t about hiding our worst; it’s about showing our best. Beauty should be enjoyable. We should be able to laugh at our beauty fails rather than kick ourselves in the gut with regret. We should be able to dye our hair crazy colours like Katy Perry, or get OTT acrylic nails like Rhianna just for the hell of it. So to do something a little different, I want you to tell me your best and your worst beauty moments. What’s your biggest beauty fail? When did you know that you nailed it? The more outlandish and hilarious, the better. I’ll get us started.

Best: Getting a Zooey fringe. It makes my fivehead look like a forehead and draws attention to my eyes (but away from those dark circles).

Worst: For a DIY beauty article I washed my hair with egg (for shine!). It scrambled in my hair and I was brushing it out for days and days. Yuck.

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72 Comments

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 31st March, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Tee hee.

  • Reply T1NA Sunday 28th October, 2012 at 9:27 am

    so true

  • Reply Eloise Larkowski Friday 13th July, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Katy Perry is, without a doubt, a metamorphoguise. Her hair color varies so much! I’m just a redhead, without freckles…

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Tuesday 17th July, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Redhead’s are GORGEOUS. Hello Emma Stone!

  • Reply lauralai Tuesday 10th July, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I got an eyebrow pencil in a set of make up once and decided to use it before going out. Much too dark for my skin/hair colour and I looked ridiculous!

  • Reply Fiendangelical Tuesday 10th July, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Really enjoyed this article, so well written and fun! Stars like Katy Perry who aren’t afraid to experiment should be a beauty inspiration to the rest of us 🙂

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Thursday 12th July, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks! And Katy Perry is amaze x

  • Reply foxoduck Tuesday 10th July, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I wish Katy would scrub her face bare!

  • Reply godsaur Tuesday 10th July, 2012 at 11:23 am

    this color suits her

  • Reply paperplane__x Monday 9th July, 2012 at 10:39 am

    haha cute

  • Reply blakbirdiee Friday 6th July, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    lovin the blue hair

  • Reply twinmum77 Friday 6th July, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Love the comments about blue eyeliner – I think that this was my first “beauty” purchase, oh and for some reason I used to buy clear mascara from Australis to wear to school…. The things we do & buy…

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Thursday 12th July, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I remember clear mascara being great for when we weren’t allowed to wear makeup at school (yes, I went to one of “those” schools).

  • Reply leckytomato Friday 6th July, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    interesting!

  • Reply cadam Thursday 5th July, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Shes amazing

  • Reply toniachef Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Can relate to the bags under the eyes, have tried concealer, that just gets caught in the wrinkles making you look worse!! Got to love getting old!!

  • Reply djchilds Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Her fringe is hideous!

  • Reply ttandia Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Nice Article.

  • Reply ragdollbaby Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Nicely written

  • Isabella
    Reply isabellabilic@hotmail.com Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Great article!

  • Reply doogs Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 7:54 am

    <3

  • kelgri
    Reply kelgri Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 12:30 am

    lol @ the scrambled egg hair disaster 😛

  • Reply Cindizzle Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Love Katy’s change of style!

  • Reply keppers Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Lol, love the egg bit. Best beauty moment was realising I did not need make up to beautiful. Worst moment was the fringe I had with my curly hair

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Thursday 12th July, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Aw I love your best beauty moment.

  • Reply sezzie87 Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Katy Perry is pretty and doesn’t need stupid hair to get attention

  • Reply Icecream1985 Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    She is sooo pretty

  • Reply genckm Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Worst was vinegar in my hair to make it shiny.like beer,avocado and egg whites it works but the smell doesn’t disappear for days.the result unfortunatly doesn’t outweigh the process

    Best would have to be my change from natural brunette to redhead.so much more confidence when I leave the house

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Oh my gosh, red hair sounds amazing! x

  • sungyoung
    Reply sungyoung Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I still think that Katy Perry can pull of those colours.. even though super weird and wacky haha!

  • Reply rubylikespie Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    haha i actually love blue hair on her 😀

  • ellisonralph
    Reply ellisonralph Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    oh gosh, the egg..

  • Reply Mon Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Three years of green eyeliner because I thought I was supposed to… Matched my eyes. At least it wasn’t blue I guess?

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      I’m embarrassed to say it, buy I did blue eyeliner…(oh the shame)

      • Reply gracemckenzie Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 1:46 am

        eeep so did i! still have it with the matching blue eye shadow, maybelline you let me down there.

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 9:23 am

    my biggest beauty faux pas was probably my teenage years of tanning obsession, I’ve now learnt to listen to facts about sun damage and have embraced my pale complexion 🙂

  • Reply rzyanina Monday 2nd July, 2012 at 1:04 am

    unusual

  • Reply julzjulzz Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    whatever Katy Perry does, she still looks amazing!

  • Reply Zerotolove Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I need a solution to bags under my eyes!!! x

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Sunday 8th July, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Might do my next article on that!

  • Reply midnightstarfish Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    🙂

  • Discomilk
    Reply Discomilk Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Love it! 🙂

  • Reply sonia8032 Sunday 1st July, 2012 at 4:21 am

    she has really nice skin

  • jodyxo
    Reply jodyxo Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    cute article! i also have terrible bags under my eyes, and would love nothing more than for them to disappear forever! (: x

  • Reply Senorita Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I used an egg on my hair once (for shine). i liked it 🙂

    • Jane Hollier
      Reply whatjanedid Sunday 8th July, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I missed the memo that you’re not meant to use hot water otherwise it will scramble! Ha!

  • Reply djscripture Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    deep mann love this article

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Haha ohhh Katy!

  • make up magic
    Reply make up magic Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    i wish i could pull off coloured locks!

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 11:25 am

    katy perry looks great :p the blue hair suits her

  • Reply KNY Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love how she always changes her looks.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Luckily, I do not have dark circles, but can imagine how you would feel

  • Reply dj23249 Saturday 30th June, 2012 at 6:43 am

    eccentric

  • jazlovestoskate
    Reply jazlovestoskate Friday 29th June, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    not a fan of the style but love the colour!

  • Reply Racca Friday 29th June, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    best & cheapest trick was that I used to use lemon to help blonden my hair in summer
    worst would be using beer in my hair to make it shine – it did but sure does it stink!!!

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Friday 29th June, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Love her winged liner!

  • Reply Jenna Friday 29th June, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    cutee

  • Reply AmberB Friday 29th June, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Love Katy!

  • MissSharlene
    Reply MissSharlene Friday 29th June, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Eww, about the egg scrambling in your hair!!!

  • Reply maggielyly Friday 29th June, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    cool

  • Reply adnrew Friday 29th June, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    interesting…

  • Reply lara.heaton Friday 29th June, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love this!

  • CandyFairy
    Reply CandyFairy Friday 29th June, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I love how she changes her hair colour all the time. 🙂

  • Reply BellaB Friday 29th June, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’ll have to think about this – but I like the put the fun back premise!

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 29th June, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    That girl reallllllly needs to stop dressing like she’s a cartoon.

  • Reply skbou Friday 29th June, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Lol, after a similar comment (about my bags) I recall standing in front of the mirror & thinking “I can’t wait until I old…read 30 :), and my face catches up to my bags!” …. I was 13 at the time.

    • Reply fifi73 Friday 29th June, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Lol too funny…. 😉

  • Reply Nimma Friday 29th June, 2012 at 11:42 am

    haha her and her crazy outfitts

  • Reply blackcab Friday 29th June, 2012 at 11:37 am

    cutee

  • Reply Ange Friday 29th June, 2012 at 11:27 am

    katy perry is still hjot

  • Reply stels Friday 29th June, 2012 at 11:21 am

    sweet article

  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Friday 29th June, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great feature

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