As bloggers and editors for, we all take fashion and beauty pretty seriously. But at its core, style should always be fun, and sometimes it’s even OK to laugh at your past style mistakes and beauty blunders. So today Team LC has some beauty confessions to make. Be forewarned that some of our secrets are a wee bit embarrassing, but we’re all friends here, right?

Without further ado, here are some startling beauty confessions from the ladies of Team LC…

The Tale of the Peeling Gels by Lauren Conrad

For many girls, gel manicures are the greatest invention of the century. I was skeptical of gels for a while when they first came out, but the appeal of a manicure that would last my entire trip to India was too good to resist any longer. For the first week or so, my experience with gels was without complaint. But by the end of week two a tiny chip had appeared. I started peeling my gels on the plane ride home, and then I just couldn’t stop. It was all downhill from there. Cue me frantically running through the Beijing airport during the layover on my flight home from India, desperately seeking a nail file. I’m sure I looked more than a little crazy. Moral of the story is stick to good old fashion lacquer or at least wait for a proper gel removal.

Liquid Eyeliner Challenged by Ilana Saul

I’m embarrassed to admit that I still don’t know how to apply liquid liner. This beauty skill should be a given since I’m an editor on and it’s Lauren’s signature beauty look. I’ve tried the “dotting technique,” followed the step-by-step instructions in Lauren Conrad Beauty, and still no dice. I also have a pretty steady hand when it comes to at-home manicures, so I’m not sure what the issue is either. Every once in a while when I’m feeling confident, I pick up that liquid eyeliner pen again only to find myself with Amy Winehouse-esque eye makeup. If you have any tips to share, I could certainly use them!

The Dry-Shaving Debacle by Allison Norton

This is a really bad habit I should break but whenever I need smooth legs for a last minute event or evening out on the town, I find myself dry-shaving them. (A big no-no according to Lauren’s Smart Girl’s Guide to Shaving!) Let’s just say that my roommate may or may not have recently seen me running out the door, purse in one hand, razor in the other, desperately trying to shave my legs on the way out—literally. It leaves me with horrible red bumps the next day and it hurts! But I guess it gets the job done. For a few hours at least.

The Beer Hair Rinse Gone Wrong by Alex Gariano

When I was in middle school I had heard that beer was an “incredible” cleanser for damaged strands. So being the fearless beauty adventurer that I was, I decided to give it a try one day before school. Talk about bad timing… Seeing as I was underage, I went and grabbed a beer from my parents’ fridge and quickly soaked my hair in it and blew it dry. (Please note the lack of rinsing!) My brother then dropped me off at school since his high school was across the street and I proudly paraded into my first period class with my shiny strands… Upon sitting down in class my teacher promptly alerted me that I was being sent to the principal’s office only to learn that they thought I had been drinking before class (!!!) because I reeked of beer! Long story short, it was eventually sorted out that I had done a “very specialized beer rinse” pre-class and I was in the clear. The silver lining? I did have insanely silky hair.

The Oompa Loompa Look by Anna James

It was my first big high school party and in an effort to achieve a “California girl glow” I decided to get spray tanned. Big mistake. Instead of looking sun-kissed, I looked oompa loompa-kissed. I was basically a traffic cone in a Kim Zolciak wig and no amount of makeup could help me. (If only I had read this post!) Needless to say, I’ve grown to accept my fair skin and have perfected the art of avoiding artificial coloring… except, of course, when it comes to baked goods.

Now it’s your turn…

Let us know what your biggest beauty confessions are in the comments below.

Team LC