Can We Guess What Beauty Decision You Regret?

By: Emily Maggrett

Can We Guess What Beauty Decision You Regret?
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About This Quiz

No matter what your age is, it's likely that you've made a trendy beauty decision that you regret. If you're a Baby Boomer, you may have straightened your hair with a clothing iron in the 1960s, worn frosted eye shadow in the 1970s or gotten an odd "Princess Di" haircut in the 1980s. If you're Gen X, we bet that you've experimented with unflattering haircuts, insanely shimmery eyeshadow and bizarre spiky updos. Millennials, on the other hand, might regret their 2000s-era streaky highlights, body glitter and Bumpits, while Gen Z youth may wish that they'd never heard of contouring, sock buns or overpriced gladiator sandals.

However, some bad beauty decisions are universal: they're made in every decade by people of all ages. Those lousy beauty choices are what this quiz is all about! If you're a human who lives on Earth, you've probably made at least one of these mistakes, likely in a youthful burst of misguided optimism. In this quiz, we're going to ask you a series of fashion questions (as well as a few psychological questions) in order to determine which style crimes you've committed. Warning: you may feel embarrassed! Please don't be; we've all been there.

So, are you ready to relive your silliest beauty faux pas? Let's get quizzing!

Were Shannen Doherty's chokers on 90210 cute or did they remind you of "The Girl with the Green Ribbon"?
Cute! Kendall Jenner's whole look is based on Shannen Doherty's "90210" outfits.
Her chokers were sexy, although I prefer Tori Amos's choker looks.
I think chokers are creepy (although I did own a puka shell necklace).
Chokers make your neck look short. I prefer pendants.

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Have you ever waxed at home? If so, were you successful?
I tried it once but the wax didn't get hot enough. I ended up with welts on my face!
I leave waxing to the professionals. If you do it wrong, you can get painful ingrown hairs. Not worth it!
I prefer to bleach or shave unwanted hair.
I love waxing at home; it's really affordable. I've done my arms, legs, upper lip and more!

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Are Peg Bundy's leopard print leggings everything or do you believe that leggings are not pants?
They're super fun; they remind me of Betty Page.
Leggings are NOT pants. That's my position and I'm sticking to it!
Leggings are definitely a form of pants. I also love yoga pants!
I don't like leggings; I prefer skirts or jeans.

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In your opinion, which Kardashian sister has the best style?
Kylie
Kourtney
Kim
Khloe

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Have you ever pierced your belly button (and then shown off that piercing with a crop top)?
Heck yes, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it.
Nope. It was cute on Christina Aguilera but it's not right for me.
Let's face it: that look was hot and is due for a comeback!
I have an outie, so I can't have a pierced belly button.

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You're going to a Halloween party where you know you'll be seeing your crush. Which of these Halloween costumes do you wear?
Jessica Jones
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Posh Spice
Catwoman

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As a tween, which Disney star did you catch feelings for?
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Cole Sprouse
Justin Timberlake
Selena Gomez

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Be honest: were you ever addicted to wearing colored mascara?
Sure, but who wasn't in middle school?
My mascara has always been as black as my heart.
I'm still addicted to it. It makes my blue eyes pop!
I think white mascara looks cool.

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In 2014, were you fond of pairing pretty dresses with shower shoes?
I didn't do that in 2014 but I did it all the time in 1997.
No. I like pairing dresses with boots.
No. I like wearing dress with classic white sneakers.
Yes. Frankly, it's still a good look.

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Imagine your high school reunion is coming up. Your best friend offers to pay for you to get Botox or lip fillers with her. What do you say?
"I appreciate the thought, but plastic surgery is so inauthentic!"
"Well ... a little Botox can't hurt."
"Yes please, and thank you!"
"No thanks, I'm getting my eyebrows microbladed instead."

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In terms of your coloring, are you a spring, winter, fall or summer?
Winter (brown or brightly colored eyes, big contrast between your hair color and your skin color)
Spring (red or blondish hair, light eyes, pale skin for your ethnicity)
Summer (similarly colored hair and skin)
Fall (reddish or brown hair with green, blue or hazel eyes)

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Who's your favorite 2000s style icon?
Bjork
Dita Von Teese
Paris Hilton
Rachel Bilson

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You're enjoying a drink at your neighborhood bar when a handsome man approaches and offers to buy you a drink. He seems intelligent and kind. However, he's wearing a turtleneck. Do you invite him to sit down?
Sure! I think turtlenecks are foxy; they have a Mod vibe.
It depends on whether the turtleneck looks good on him. Does he look like Steve McQueen or Ross from "Friends"?
Ew, no. Turtlenecks are too weird for me.
No offense to turtlenecks, but I don't trust men who randomly approach me in bars.

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In high school, did you rock an ironic rat tail?
No ... but I considered it.
Absolutely not. That's mullet culture.
Haha yes. It was hilarious!
No, but I dated a guy who did.

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How do you feel about flat iron curls?
I don't do them anymore; I have too much heat damage in my hair.
They're over. It's all about soft blowouts now.
I make them in my hair every day!
My hair is too short for those.

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Have you ever asked a hairdresser to give you "the Kate Gosselin"?
Just between you and me ... yes.
Are you joking? I wouldn't be caught dead with that haircut.
You know what, it's a pretty creative hairstyle. And it's low-maintenance! Don't hate.
No. It's okay on some ladies but it's not for me.

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If you were a character in a classic teen movie, who would you be?
Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in "Mean Girls"
Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) in "She's All That"
Tai (Brittany Murphy) in "Clueless"
Kat (Julia Styles) in "10 Things I Hate About You"

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Are you sad that peplum blouses went out of style?
Yes. They were awesome for defining your waist.
I ... sort of miss them? It's weird how they were ubiquitous and now they're totally gone.
I didn't like them; too fussy!
I prefer a silhouette with loose layers on top, tight layers on bottom.

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What was your major in college? Or what did you want your college major to be?
Art
English
Communications
Math

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If Laura Mercier herself asked you to confess your worst makeup sins to her in exchange for free makeup for life, what would you say?
I rarely exfoliate.
I sleep in full make-up.
Sometimes I skip the sunscreen, okay?
I've used lipstick as blusher.

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Are you more comfortable in winter sweaters or summer shorts? How do you get ready for swimsuit season?
All bodies are swimsuit bodies if they've got a swimsuit on them!
I'm a sweater girl; I hate the sun.
I have a six-week self-tanner regime that I start in April.
I don't do much, other than shaving my legs.

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If you could be any indie rock It Girl for a day, who would you be?
Feist
Zooey Deschanel
Lana Del Rey
Jenny Lewis

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Have you ever worn a camouflage dress? If so, are you ashamed of this choice?
I used to own a camouflage lace-up dress. I thought it made me look like a Destiny's Child member. Sadly, it did not.
Camouflage dresses are tacky (but I did own camouflage knee socks!)
Camouflage is a fun fabric! I hope it comes back into style.
I had a camouflage mini skirt and I'm so ashamed of it that I burned it.

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Is henna a great natural hair dye, or should people have stopped using it after 1976?
I love henna; it delivers a very natural-looking auburn hue.
Black henna is really good for your hair.
Henna? Ugh, no thanks!
I don't even know what henna is.

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In your opinion, which of these 1990s movies had the best costuming?
"Pulp Fiction"
"Singles"
"Clueless"
"The Matrix"

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If you were a witch, what kind of animal would you have as a familiar?
A black cat
A sinuous panther
A neon-blue salamander
A talking raven

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Circle chain belts: disco hot or not?
Hey, they worked for Britney.
They're sort of ridiculous.
Like many disco-era trends, these are a head-scratcher.
Back in the day, Mary J. Blige made them work!

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Which of these male style mistakes is a total deal breaker for you?
Wearing a fedora
Owning multiple Ed Hardy shirts
Wearing pleated khakis
Sporting a soul patch

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If you could be painted by any artist in the world, living or dead, who would you choose to be portrayed by?
Gustav Klimt
Lucian Freud
David Hockney
Tamara de Lempicka

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In your opinion, who's the tackiest pop star of all time?
Jessica Simpson
Katy Perry
Marilyn Manson
Fergie

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