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15 Women Reveal Their Worst Beauty Mistakes

For these beautiful women, working out their signature looks wasn't always smooth sailing.
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Gail CowperPR executive: "The first time I tried putting false lashes by myself, I almost glued my eyes shut. I had to redo all my makeup while rushing to go to a wedding."


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Nicole Hernandez De Los Angeles, TV host and model: "Orange eye shadow."


Marielle De Leon Lazaro, entrepreneur: "Accessorizing too much. I used to overdo it and also made the mistake of dyeing my hair too light."


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Jeanne Festin Carpio, brand manager: "I remember the time I chopped off my hair and looked like a boy (which obviously was not my intention). I still cringe when I see the photos."


Kelly Misa Fernandez, TV Host, model, blogger, beauty columnist: "Overloading on shimmer, and applying it on all the wrong places. There was a time when I would apply shimmer everywhere, and I looked like I was oily or sweaty all the time."

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Rima Ostwani, model, events host, client development manager: "I was talking to someone at an event and I could feel my falsies on one eye slowly coming off. Horror!"


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Rosanna Laurel, entrepreneur: "There was a time when bangs were a trend. I was getting ready for a night out when I suddenly had this urge to cut my own bangs. The outcome was horrible, uneven, and way too short. Good thing for hairclips!"


Nicole Ortega, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger: "When I was a teenager, I would get the occasional zit. I’d put black eyeliner over it and pretend it was a mole. So I had a constantly moving mole and it really confused people."

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Monique Toda, director of communications: "I was still in school, there was a time that punk rock was in. I had makeup done for a party and I had lightning bolts on my cheeks and almost black lips. I thought I was so cool!" 


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Andrea de Guzman-Mago, entrepreneur: "When I was 15, I would apply loose shimmer powder around my eyes because I wanted to “glow.” Silly."


Camille Ongpauco, restaurateur and designer: “I don’t regret any of the beauty or fashion choices that I’ve made. When I look back on my teen years, I realize that some looks definitely didn’t stand the test of time, but I loved experimenting and I had fun doing it.” 

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Cristina Madara, image consultant and makeup artist: “Wearing red lips. Also wearing a full face of foundation definitely gave me a very pale complexion like that of a geisha. In flash photographs, it always made me look ghostly or ghastly.” 


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Cat Arambulo-Antonio, beauty columnist, blogger, and interior designer: “When I was pregnant I religiously applied oil and body butter creams on my belly. As usual, I was rushing to another appointment when I noticed that the oil had seeped through and made a big mark on my maxi dress.” 


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Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez, VIP sales manager, entrepreneur, blogger, model:  "Eyelash extensions that used to last for two months. Not so long ago I thought they looked good; and now they just look weird and so unnatural.


Stella Gemperle-Aguila, school teacher: “I tried waxing my one of my own eyebrows and ended up removing half of it!” 

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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