11 Mortifying '80s Beauty Fails We Wish We Could Forget (PHOTOS)

As we grow older and start to spot a few gray hairs and signs of crow's feet -- not that any of us have crow's feet -- we sometimes hold on for dear life to memories of our younger selves. We re-imagine our teens and twenties as a time when we had perfect skin, style sense, and looked as doggone hot as we ever would.

Pure fantasy! The truth is, for those of us who lived one second of our lives in the 1980s, we were a hot mess. A total, complete, slouchy sock-wearing, contoured blush-sporting mess. If you're caught up in nostalgia and wishing you could turn back the hands of time, let these 11 examples of truly terrifying '80s beauty and fashion fails make you feel very, very fortunate that you are your age, living in this time.



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Torra... TorranceMom

Boy did that bring back memories! I did everything on that list but crimping - didn't have a crimper.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

The only thing I did was crimp my hair. My mother loved her slouch socks and she bought me some but they drove me crazy, I like my socks snug. 

Melissa Allen Lambert

Sadly, I look back fondly and miss some of those 'fashion no-no' trends! I loved neon socks, Swatches, even crimped hair...and blue eyeshadow. Love it!

mande... manderspanders

I had to laugh at the acid wash jeans picture - the matching bedding and curtains in the background with tacky rainbows all over... totally an 80s staple in many of my friends' bedrooms growing up lol

youth... youthfulsoul

Those weren't fashion fails, that was fashion!

Freela Freela

As a blonde, I can vouch that even if you start as a blonde, Sun-In will give you fetching orange highlights.  I know only too well!  I think I had everything on that list... the t-shirt clips made me LOL and wish I could forget!  I used to wear mine with a baggy t-shirt over spandex bike shorts with a neon stripe up the side of the leg and matching neon slouch socks and my crimped, brassy Sun-In blonde hair (dies of embarassment.)

javak... javakitty2011

i don't see most of these as fails at all. I hate today's blush on the apple of your cheeks. You all look like dolls with those round blush spots.  It doesn't look like a normal blush. ahhh, 80's I love you.

early... earlybird11

80S AND EARLY 90S TOO !! I STILL PREFER MY HAIR CRIMPED ;) I DO IT VIA BRAIDING WHEN WET ;) stick straight hair is a fashion faux pas if u ask me

nonmember avatar andie

@Freela, We could have been twins :)

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