We’ve all been there—that disastrous moment when our beautification efforts go haywire and we end up dying our face orange or burning off half our hair. Unavoidable by nature, these beauty nightmares are rites of passage, learning experiences we battle through to become our older, wiser, more seasoned-with-styling-wands selves. While it may feel like these embarrassing experiences are reserved for IRL beauty junkies, the truth is they happen to everyone, including even those equipped with professional makeup artists and hairstyling teams. No, celebrities are not immune to the occasional beauty blunder, whether they had awkward teenage phases like the rest of us or even underwent an uh-oh moment with professional help. See which actress has shaved her entire face, which singer once chopped off her eyelashes while attempting to curl them, and which model lost her eyebrows after walking the catwalk.
Keep scrolling to read some seriously cringe-worthy beauty horror stories shared by our favorite celebrities.
While you wouldn't be able to guess from looking at her, Kendall Jenner hasn't had it easy when it comes to her eyebrows. She was off to a rough start, writing on her website that when she was younger, "on a totally weird whim, I plucked out all of my eyebrows!" Thankfully they grew back, but now they're in the hands of makeup teams at fashion shows. "I think the worst is when designers want to mess with my eyebrows," she wrote. "It always freaks me out because every time they do it, I lose them. They literally fall out! It's bad—I really hate getting a bleach."
Gwen Stefani's beauty nightmare also centers around her brows. When her eyebrows were bleached for a shoot, Stefani loved them, but as she told Refinery29, "When they start to grow out and turn yellow, it's not cute." To remedy to situation, Stefani decided to do it herself while she was at her parents' in Anaheim—but all the stores were closed, so she couldn't get the product and ended up going to a woman at a salon. "She didn't really speak English," recalled Stefani, "and she put it on and it's burning, and I'm like, 'I think it's burning!' So she gets paper towels and scrapes, and it's literally stinging like a tattoo into my face." Stefani wound up in the emergency room with the doctors telling her it would be permanent, but she ended up surviving with just a scar.
Miley Cyrus suffered from one of the ultimate beauty nightmares—she cut off her eyelashes with an eyelash curler. She shared the shocking photo of the aftermath on Instagram, revealing that several hairs had been completely chopped off by the curler. She's wearing mascara in the snap, so some have argued that this could be a fair warning never to curl after you've applied mascara.
The scene is familiar: You go in for a haircut, request just a couple inches trimmed off, and end up walking out with several inches chopped off, holding back tears. The same scenario happened to Cameron Diaz, except for her it was right before the 2012 Oscars. While onlookers would argue there was nothing wrong with her super-short 'do (reminiscent of her There's Something About Mary days), it was far from what the actress had imagined when she went in for the trim. As she described on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "I said, 'Oh, I just want a little bit off' … and it went from here to here. I just burst into tears and started crying. I felt so vulnerable."
Olivia Wilde's beauty nightmare is equal parts adorable and terrifying. As she revealed in InStyle's June 2012 issue, "When I was 5, after watching my dad shave, I took his razor and shaved my face—including my eyebrows." In case you're curious what that might have looked like, "You look like an alien without eyebrows," Wilde confirmed. Luckily, they grew back, but an older, wiser Wilde wasn't immune to the teenage urges so many of us suffer. In an effort to re-create Kate Moss's pencil-thin brows, Wilde over-plucked her own, an act she now deeply regrets as she damaged her follicles: "Now it's hard for me to grow thick, bushy brows," she said.
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