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March 9, 2017

The Earrings Were Big & the Hair Was Bigger: 13 of the Most Embarrassing Hairstyles and Makeup Trends From the '80s

Jelly bracelets and big, floppy hair bows. Those of us who remember the 1980s all too well sometimes wish we could forget them. Our bad sense of fashion was outrageous, bright, and in your face. Our hair was just as far out there, literally.

And our makeup? Well, looking back at old photos you would think that we applied the stuff with a house painter’s brush. There was nothing sweet, delicate, or subtle about the '80s. Our hair, makeup, and sense of fashion was a far cry from being shy.

1. 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.

2. Giant Teased Hair

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Side Ponytails

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

6. 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 colors were all the rage.

7. 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?

8. 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.

9. Feathered Mullet

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

10. Crimped Hair

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

11. Neon Plastic Earrings

Color (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.

12. 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.

13. Rat Tails

This interesting hairstyle was more popular amongst men, but women occasionally wore this unfortunate 'do, too.

(via Good Housekeeping)



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