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Heavy pencilled in eyebrows have been declared the biggest beauty blooper of the 21st century. The study of 2,000 women found dense, false looking dark brows were the ultimate make-up no-no.
Sporting a tide-mark of foundation around the jaw line where make-up hasn’t been blended in properly was declared as the second clanger, while third place featured cosmetically enhanced lips that result in a trout pout.
Over plucked eyebrows leaving little or no hair came fourth, while dark lip liner combined with a lighter shade of lipstick – a style favoured by Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson- was the fifth faux pas.
Sara Wolverson of Superdrug, which commissioned the study, said:
”Make-up comes down to personal preference and whether you favour thick or thin eyebrows or dark or pale lipstick, it’s your choice.
”We are all guilty of making some of these mistakes at some time in our lives whether it’s being over zealous with a pair of tweezers, forgetting to blend make-up properly or smiling with lipstick on our teeth.
”Many of the blunders in this poll are genuine mistakes and could be a result of something simple like bad lighting.
”It’s really interesting that brow blunders make up three of the top ten, whether brows are too big, too light or too dark; with this in mind it’s no surprise that sales of brow kits and brow pencils are soaring in our stores.”
Orange palms from applying fake tan came sixth in the beauty blunders survey, while in seventh place was a monobrow; when eyebrows meet in the middle.
Eighth place was greasy hair, followed by hairy legs, with lipstick on teeth rounding off the top 10.
Other mistakes that made the top 25 include over-exuberant use of the blusher, clumpy mascara and matted hair extensions, while black roots with fair hair, yellow teeth and sunburn were also listed.
The study also found 90% of women think bad light can make their beauty routine a nightmare, while three quarters said they have got better at putting on make-up as they have got older.
85% of women wisely follow the mantra that ‘less is more’ when it comes to applying make-up; even so, over a third of females have experienced looking in the mirror later in the day and realising they have made a make-up faux pas.
Sara Wolverson added:
“Like fashion make-up styles change year on year. If you have worn the same make-up for years it could be time for an update.
“There has never been more innovation in the beauty world and new technologies make blending foundation, avoiding orange palms and, of course, getting the perfect brow easier than ever.”
TOP 25 BEAUTY BLUNDERS
1. Heavily pencilled eyebrows
2. Foundation marks around the chin
3. Trout pouts
4. Over-plucking of eyebrows
5. Dark lip-liner with pale lipstick
6. Palms of hands going orange from not washing after applying tan
8. Greasy hair
9. Hairy legs
10. Lipstick on teeth
11. Too much make-up
12. Yellow teeth
13. Too much blusher
14. Yellow hard skin on feet
15. Gems stuck onto your tooth
16. Lip liner outside the edge of the lips
17. Bad hair extensions
18. Clumpy mascara
19. Gelling hair to your face in swirls
20. Pierced finger nails
21. Fake beauty spots
23. Roots showing (need highlights doing)
24. Panda eyes from sunbathing in sunglasses
25. Wearing make-up in bed