24 Beauty Mistakes I've Made (and Learned From) in 24 Years

When tasked with thinking of a beauty mistake for every year I’ve been alive, I was hoping the process would be at least slightly difficult. I’m a beauty editor, after all; my record is supposed to be pretty clean. But alas, I had a three-page list of embarrassing beauty blunders within about five minutes. I recently turned 24, which may not sound like a particularly advanced age, but somehow I’ve managed to pack a veritable lifetime of beauty mistakes into it. Block eyebrows, box-blond hair, terribly misused contour products—I’ve had brushes (so to speak) with it all. Because when you love beauty as much as I do, it’s easy to get a little carried away, resulting in unflattering looks of all kinds.

Luckily, one does learn from her mistakes, and my beauty game is all the better for mine. That said, it’s pretty entertaining, albeit cringe-worthy, to take a look back.

Want to feel slightly better about your life? Keep scrolling to check out the two dozen beauty fails I’ve endured in my two dozen years (plus the important lessons they taught me)!