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    The 13 most embarrassing '80s beauty trends

    The 13 most embarrassing '80s beauty trends

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    Sweatbands
    If you're working out and actually need a sweatband, by all means, wear one — but skip the neon versions from the '80s. Those are best left behind with leg warmers.
    The earrings were big and the hair was bigger.




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    Giant teased hair
    Voluminous curls can look wonderful, but not when they've been teased within an inch of their life.




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    Dark lip liner

    While a subtle lip contour à la Marilyn Monroe is an effective way to get a pretty pout, Madonna's way-too-dark lip liner from the '80s is a big no-no.




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    Perms
    Oh, perms. They seemed like such a great idea at the time — curly hair minus the curling iron? Yes, please! — but they always just wound up giving you poodle locks.




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    Side ponytails
    Full House's Stephanie Tanner: adorable. The side ponytail she and innumerable other '80s kids wore: not so much.




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    Eyeshadow up to the brow
    In the '80s, nobody bothered to blend their makeup — especially when it came to eyeshadow. And as pop star Cyndi Lauper proves here, brow-skimming bright colours were all the rage.




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    Scrunchies
    We're glad this not-so-useful accessory became a thing of the past. Not only did your ponytail keep slipping out, but it also looked really messy. Or was that the point?




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    Mullets
    Though he was one of the biggest hunks of the decade, it's important to remember that at some point, John Stamos rocked a mullet.




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    Feathered mullet
    Flattering on no one, this hairstyle inexplicably stayed popular throughout the '80s and into the early '90s.




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    Crimped hair

    We get it, textured hair can be kind of cool. But this ubiquitous '80s style (modelled here by Taylor Dayne) just looks frizzy — and wasn't really flattering on anybody.




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    Neon plastic earrings
    Colour (the brighter, the better) was considered totally awesome in the '80s. And that included your accessories. Case in point: Lisa Turtle's earring game was tight.




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    Hot pink blush
    A subtle touch of blush adds a healthy glow to your face. Caking on a hot pink shade, however, just makes you look a little scary.




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    Rat tails
    This, um, interesting hairstyle was more popular amongst men, but women occasionally wore this unfortunate 'do, too.
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    $10 bucks for anyone who can tell me who this is:





    She looks so familiar, it's driving me crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clubber Lang View Post
    $10 bucks for anyone who can tell me who this is:





    She looks so familiar, it's driving me crazy!
    Lisa Hartman, married to Clint Black....I'll wait for the $10 bill with a woman on it to come out before demanding payment.

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    They're trends and trends change. I wouldn't call them embarrassing because in 10-20 years we'll be saying the same thing. "I can't believe I straightened my hair!" And so on.
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    This makes me laugh. LOL. I remember when I was in hs, all the girls teased their hair into sky-high proportions and set it into place with an aerosol can of Aqua Net. I also remember coughing like crazy from inhaling all the fumes. Ahh, good times!
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    I thought Full House and Saved By The Bell were 1990's, as are some of these trends (like scrunchies). And that pic of Victoria Principal is not the best example of an 80's perm.

    When I think 80's I think Jelly Shoes, Flowery-print Jeans, Parachute Pants, Those goofy checkerboard shoes... Oh, and my younger brother had one of those "Michael Jackson jackets" Red leather with all the zippers and snaps

    The pics in this group that look the most "80's" to me are the Lisa Hartman pic, the Madonna pic and the Cher pic.
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    That's not embarrassing any more than the styles and trends of any other decade would be. Whoever wrote that is a moron. And, yes, people did blend eyeshadow.

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    Damnit, I loved the 80s and 80s women. I even married one. I think her only offenses were giant teased hair and perms. I still have a photo of her in my wallet from when her hair was teased way up there - ironically, it was a photo taken for an ID to perform work on a construction site - kind of like Flashdance! (1983)

    Not only did I know that was Lisa Hartman, I also remember that she basically had that mullet going for the entire decade.

    Three other things that they left out:

    1. Leg warmers
    2. Lipstick with a metallic luster
    3. Sweat shirts with tights
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    Gaz: It's "Flashdance", Dave. She's a welder, isn't she!

    Dave: A welder? Well, I hope she dances better than she welds! I mean, look at that - her mix is all to cock!

    Dave: Shut up, Dave. What the fuck do you know about welding, anyway?
    Dave: More than some chuffin' woman! Arh, it's like Bonfire Night! That's too much acetylene, is that! Them joints will hold fuck all!
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    You could read this list to get the worst of 80's trends, or you could just watch an episode of Dynasty. I hate those giant shoulder pads.

    And long live the scrunchie! OK, so I only wear them at home, but it's the most comfortable way to keep my hair out of my face.
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    Remember the banana hair clips? Those were ugly and uncomfortable.


    And the regular hair clips?



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    No lie - Mrs. Mohandas bought me a neon green headband for when I go running. However, I'm already wearing kind of bright-green running clothes most of the time. I told her I would look like a refugee from a 1980s aerobics class.

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    Pics please.
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    I'll settle for the picture in my mind's eye of Mo prancing around like Billy Squier in his Rock Me Tonite video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    No lie - Mrs. Mohandas bought me a neon green headband for when I go running. However, I'm already wearing kind of bright-green running clothes most of the time. I told her I would look like a refugee from a 1980s aerobics class.
    So, you're the guy on the left?

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