The Best (and Worst) Beauty Trends of Every Decade

When it comes to beauty trends, what goes around comes around. We look forward to reuniting with some, but others, not so much. Winged eyeliner? Bring it on. Mullets? Keep ’em. Here, the best (and worst) beauty trends from the last 80 years.

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1940s nails
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1940s’ Best: Nail Art

Nail art has been a thing for almost 80 years. Started from the half-moon mani, now we're here. Who knew?

1940s hair
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1940s’ Worst: Victory Rolls

Don’t get us wrong, this style is definitely memorable. But we’re docking some points for how much time it would add to our morning routine.

1950s eyeliner
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1950s’ Best: Winged Eyeliner

There’s a good reason this trend has transcended decades: It makes your eyes appear bigger, wider and slightly feline (in the best way possible).

1950s baby bangs
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1950s’ Worst: Baby Bangs

We're pretty confident this woman's hairdresser was her snip-happy five-year-old niece.

1960s eyelashes
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1960s’ Best: Extreme Lashes

Twiggy started it, and everyone followed. We’ll always have a special place in our heart for high-drama lashes.

1960s beehive
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1960s’ Worst: Beehives

Amy Winehouse tried to bring it back, but in our opinion it belongs in the ’60s for good. (Side note: That’s Dolly Parton, you guys.)

1970s hair
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1970s’ Best: Feathered Layers

We’re talking full-on Farrah Fawcett hair. So iconic.

1970s makeup
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1970s’ Worst: Barbie Doll Makeup

Sometimes, it’s OK to play up both your eyes and your lips. But add in bold brows and cheeks and you look like you're working the pageant circuit.

1980 lipstick
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1980s’ Best: Neon Lipstick

Fortune favors the bold (bold lipstick-wearers, that is).

1980 mullets
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1980s’ Worst: Mullets

The party called—it's nowhere near the back (or front) of this head, thank you very much.

1990s brown lipstick
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1990s’ Best: Brown Lipstick

We know, we know. We didn’t think we’d say this either. But you have to admit it’s kind of polished and works on every skin tone.

1990s eyebrows
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1990s’ Worst: Overplucked Eyebrows

Are you there, brows? It's me, Tweezers.

2000 glossy lips
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2000s’ Best: Glossy Lips

Why did we ever stop wearing gloss, which makes lips look naturally plumper in a way no matte lipstick ever could?

2000s fake tans
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2000s’ Worst: Fake Tans

A. Tanning beds are dangerous. B. If your natural skin color is orange, you should see a doctor.

2000s eyebrows
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2010s’ Best: Bold Eyebrows

We’re petitioning for this one to stay here for a long, long time.

2010 contour
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2010s’ Worst: Extreme Contouring

Unless your last name starts with Kardashian, do not attempt.

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