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From Raccoon-Eyes to Lopsided Lines, We’ve Compiled a List of All the Eyeliner Fails of Our Youth

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Not everyone is a natural eyeliner savant. For the vast majority of us, it takes hours (10,000 to be exact) of intense practice and hard work to perfect the ultimate winged tip. Creating the perfect eyeliner look requires a lot of moving parts: hand placement and steadiness, an eye for symmetry, complete stillness, and high-quality makeup products.

The road to the perfect cat-eye is paved with traumatic experiences–most of which happen in your teens. When you’re young and just getting into the makeup game, your mornings are spent battling with pens, brushes, crayons, pencils, and markers. To become an eyeliner master, the price of admission is a lot of failures. FIERCE by Mitu has compiled a list of all of the struggles you have to go through when you first learn to put on eyeliner. Take a peek below!

1. Mind the Gap

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When you first start out applying eyeliner, sometimes you’re so concerned about getting the line the right length and width that you forget all about the actual placement of the eyeliner. That leaves you with a glaring gap between the eyeliner and the actual eye line. So frustrating. 

2. The Accidental Under-Eye Shadow 

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When you first start putting on eyeliner, you don’t even think about the fact that blinking too hard will cause an unwanted ring of black under your eye. Luckily, this is a pitfall that is easily avoided. Most of us learn quickly not to do any sort of blinking when applying eyeliner.

3. When Less Doesn’t Always Mean More

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There are two types of eyeliner beginners: the ones that go full-goth and walk around with two black eyes, and the ones that go the opposite direction. The latter type uses such a light hand that it’s hard to see any makeup on their eyes at all. We chalk this up to doubting their makeup skills. Luckily, this 

4. When You Accidentally Stab Yourself in the Eye

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There’s two downsides to the accidental-stabbing situation (which we’ve all been through). Number one: you’re in physical pain. Number two: your eye is watering so much that now you’ve not only ruined your eye makeup, but you’ve ruined the rest of your makeup due to the tears streaming down your face. 

5. There’s Such a Thing As Too Thick

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When you start on your eyeliner journey, you’re dealing with a lot of mistakes. A lot of newbies try to overcome these mistakes by just putting more product on. Unfortunately, this is another mistake. You can fix a problem by just adding more mess to it. The only thing that can truly make you better is practice. 

6. Investing in Cheap Products

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There’s a catch-22 for when you first start putting on makeup–not only are your skills shoddy, but you don’t even have the budget to invest in high-grade products. That means you’re doomed to have a wobbly eye-line with product that’s prone to smudging, flaking, and running. 

7. Uncertainty

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Sometimes, the problem isn’t necessarily in the skill. Sometimes, it’s all in your mind. When you second-guess yourself when you’re applying your eyeliner, the outcome is bound to be unsatisfactory. Have confidence in your abilities and you’re much more likely to end up with a successful look.

8. An Unsteady Hand

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Developing a steady-hand is arguably the hardest skill to solidify when learning how to apply your eyeliner. It takes loads of concentration and complete confidence in your abilities–two traits that are hard to come by as a young woman. 

9.  Only Applying Eyeliner On the Bottom

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The “bottom-only” look is a look that has almost completely gone out of style (thankfully). But back in the day, it was an unfortunate makeup trend that only those new to the makeup life ascribed to. 

10. Lopsided Eyes

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There’s nothing more frustrating than completing one eye perfectly and moving onto the other and utterly failing. When you’re just starting, the number of times you have to wipe one eye completely off and start from scratch is infuriating. 

11. When You Don’t Know Where To Start the Line

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This is one of those tricky eye-makeup meta-skills you only learn through doing. When you first learn to put on eyeliner, it’s a bit of a challenge to figure out where you want to start your eyeliner. In the corner? Mid-lid? Somewhere in-between? The choices seem endless!

12. The Famous Raccoon Look

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Another unfortunate right-of-passage in the eyeliner world, every makeup aficionado has to go too far before they discover the error of their ways and come back to the good side. We all had that phase in high-school where we looked like we learned to put on our eyeliner from Jack Skellington cosplay tutorials. 

Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

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Nicole Richie’s Style Evolution Will Leave You With A Serious Case Of Whiplash

Nicole Richie, who is of English, Mexican and Creole African-American ancestry, has had quite the style evolution. This party-girl turned entrepreneur has cycled through trends in a way that would make the average person’s head spin. Richie entered the spotlight around 2004 when she burst onto the scene in the trailblazing reality show “The Simple Life”. After the public recognized how cute, witty, and downright watchable this girl was, she pretty much has never left our screens since.

Throughout Richie’s tenure in the public eye, she’s always brought her own personality to everything she does. Back in her reality days, it was her biting, deadpan humor. Now that she’s older, her personality is reflected not only in her personal style (which is always on point), but her fashion projects as well (she’s the founder and creative director of the House of Harlow 1960 fashion line). Here at FIERCE by mitu, we’ve compiled a list of classic Nicole Richie trends that will make you realize why this Latina entrepreneur is such a force in front of and behind the camera. Take a look below!

1. Two-Toned Hair

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When the hit reality-show “The Simple Life” aired in 2003, Nicole Richie was rocking a really on-trend hairstyle at the time: two-toned hair where the “low lights” were much darker than the rest of the hair. We can’t say this is our favorite look of hers.

2. Tube Dresses

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In the early aughts, Richie also gravitated towards monochrome tube dresses that looked just as at-home on the red carpet as they did in the club circuit.

3. Bright Orange Faux Tans

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Even the naturally darker-complexioned Miss Richie wasn’t immune to the early-2000s allure of a spray tan back in the day. As you can see from the above picture, she may have gone a bit over-board with the trend (we’ve all been there).

4. Blunt Bangs

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Richie has never been one to shy away from bold hair experimentation (see her Met Gala look from 2017). We love how she always changed up her tresses, like when switched her usual hair-do to some chic blunt bangs. She really can’t go wrong.

5. Smudged Eyeliner

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When Richie first hit the scene in 2004, she had a signature makeup look that always turned heads. She rocked a “grunge-chic” look that included tousled, bedhead hair and a smudged smokey eye that looked like she had been up all night partying.

6. Super-Sized Sunglasses

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Once Richie started to transition out of her reality TV days, she really began to come into her own, style-wise. We have a feeling that Richie began donning mega-glasses because it successfully shielded her from the paparazzi, but it also cemented her as a style icon. One could argue that it was Richie who put the over-sized sunglasses on the map for good.

7. Over-Sized Clothing

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Not only did Richie develop a penchant for over-sized sunglasses, she also started to gravitate towards baggy clothing around the same time as well. This was a massive change from her previous style which consisted of mini-dresses and skin-tight polyester.

8. Side Bangs

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If you look through a catalogue of Richie’s past fashion experiments, a common thread will weave through all of it: bangs. Richie has always been a big proponent of a fringe, whether it’s an aforementione blunt cut or her signature side-swept style that she usually opts for. In fact, it’s hard to think of a look as classically Nicole unless the bangs are both prominent and sideswept.

9. Boho-Chic

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There may not be a celebrity in all of Hollywood that does Bohemian as well as Nicole Richie does. Not only is she tasteful and fashionable with her choices, but she’s also adventurous and playful. Richie’s bohemian phase was the look that launched a thousand copy-cats–celeb or otherwise.

10. Scarf Headbands

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Richie has been a fan of the scarf-as-a-headband since her “Simple Life” days, and her affinity for the accessory doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. These days, however, she sticks to smaller, top-knotted headbands as is evidenced by her most recent Instagram posts.

11. Curly & Natural

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Although Richie has opted to straighten her hair since her early days in the spotlight (no judgement from our side), she’s recently gone the au naturel route, leaving her mane to reveal its curly glory. We love how Richie is never afraid to experiment in any aspect of her look

12. Sleek and Simple

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Lately, Nicole Richie has been all about simplicity when it comes to her personal style–especially when it comes to her hair. This is a big departure from her bygone days when her mantra seemed to be “the more the merrier” when it came to hair and makeup.

A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

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A Definitive Round Up of Hair-Removal Fails We All Experienced During Puberty

As Latinas, many of us have an intimate relationship with hair removal. Many of us have memories of watching our madres wrestle with tweezers, razors, and smelly hair-removal creams in front of their bathroom mirrors. Little did we know that we would soon be the ones dealing with what we felt was unruly body hair, never being able to keep up with the never-ending stubble and constant growth. 

Luckily, the culture has progressed in a way as not to punish women who choose not to remove their body hair as part of their beauty routine. As we all know, there are a million ways to be a woman and no right way to perform femininity. We can’t help but chuckle, however, when we look back on the massive fails we experienced when we first dealt with removing our body hair. This, in some ways, can be due to upbringing. While some mothers are upfront about how to groom and look after your body during puberty, some parents are embarrassed to talk about the changes their daughters’ bodies go through. The lack of education about puberty and hair growth can lead to some embarrassing hair-removal horrors stories. 

Here are 10 of the worst hair-removal fails from when you first started removing your hair.

1. Ingrown Hairs

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The first years of shaving are, for all intents and purposes, the Wild Wild West. No amount of well-intentioned tías suggesting you only shave “with the grain” will keep you from dragging that razor right against the grain, dammit. It’s your body, after all, you’re entitled to making your own mistakes! But god, there will never be ingrown hairs as bad as there were during your high school years. 

2. Razor Burn

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When you first begin shaving, the word that best describes most young women’s practice is “experimental”. We all have to try shaving our legs wet, dry, with shaving cream, without shaving cream, and of course, with a dull and rusty razor. We have to do this all at least once to realize that razor burn is not a joke.

3. Nicks and Cuts

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Who doesn’t remember accidentally drawing blood a few times when we were being a little too careless with the razor? It takes practice to nail down the constant vigilance that shaving requires.

4. Patchy Legs

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In our teen years, there were definitely times where we went to school with legs that resembled our brother’s measly attempt at a pubescent beard: patchy. It’s a right of passage to miss a spot or two while shaving when you’re first starting out.

5. Red-stache

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If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of waxing your mustache, you know the humiliating feeling of getting rid of one ‘stache just to end up with another. We’re talking about the bright-red inflammation that shows up post-waxing your upper lip. Sometimes, it takes up to a full day to disappear.

6. White Heads

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So, you do go through the effort of removing your girl-stache, and in the wake of a good wax (or Nair) session, your follicles are irritated enough to become inflamed and decide to clog up. And now, you have an army of white heads where your mustache used to be. Good times.

7. Dry Scaly Skin

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When we’re young and naive, we don’t necessarily take any of our mother’s advice seriously. One thing we regret not paying attention to was her advice of lotioning-up our legs after shaving. Shaving acts not only removes hair temporarily, but the blade strips the natural oils your skin produces at the surface. It’s always a good idea to moisturize after to avoid unusually dry skin.

8. Wax-Induced Bleeding 

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How many of us have foregone a salon in order to try our hands at hair-removal methods through DIY means? Yeah, we’re talking at-home waxing. The more sensitive your skin is, the more prone it is to breaking easily. Especially in hyper-sensitive areas like your bikini line.

9. Wax-Induced Bruising

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Again, if you’re doing at-home hair removal treatments like waxing, it can take a few tries before you become adept at toeing the line between effective and injury-inducing. If you rip out your hair too quickly or forcefully, you can end up with post-wax bruising, especially on areas like your bikini line.

10. Wax-Related Burns

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Okay, this is our last wax-related post, we swear! But if you’re the adventurous Latina who has ventured into the unpredictable territory of at-home waxing, then you know that DIY wax kits are subject to getting hot. Piping hot. We’ll admit that we’ve suffered burns from being a bit too enthusiastic with how long we’ve microwaved our wax in the past. Luckily, pre-waxed strips that don’t require heating are much more common now than they were a few years agol