By People Staff
May 04, 2015 12:00 PM

Julia Roberts

“Having my eyebrows viciously overplucked. I can’t even see a photo from Steel Magnolias without feeling pain!”

Jennifer Lopez

“I learned the hard way that applying self-tanner was anything but an individual task. From my hands to my stomach to my toes, I never knew a body could have so many shades of bronze.”

Jennifer Garner

‘I heard about a fancy new double-barreled curling iron that created beautiful waves. I decided to try it for a movie and it burned all of my hair in stripes around my head. I had to cut my hair off, stripe by stripe, for the next year.’

Viola Davis

“Microdermabrasion. It dried my skin out. My husband, Julius, finally said, ‘I don’t see the difference, Vee!’ I did about 10 treatments … nothing. So I quit.”

Drew Barrymore

“Going too blonde and it didn’t work. I felt like a yellow bird. I’m in a more natural phase.”

Jennifer Aniston

“I remember one of the photo shoots that I did for a magazine back in the first year of Friends. Back in those days the photographer would just tell the hair and makeup artists what he wanted me to look like, and I was way too shy and intimidated to voice any opinion on the subject. So the next thing I knew, I had bleach on my eyebrows, which then left me with white eyebrows and, well … nuff said. A look that was gorgeous on Linda Evangelista in the ’90s … On me? Not so much.”

Julianna Margulies

“I was once told that if you put mayonnaise in your hair, it would be very shiny and healthy-looking, so I thought I would give it a shot. Turns out, getting mayo out of your hair isn’t so easy. I smelled like egg salad for days and looked like a greasy mess for a week! Needless to say, I have left the mayo on my plate instead of my head!”

Carrie Underwood

“When I was 13, I got a perm, and it was a big mistake—shocker! It wasn’t my first perm, but it most definitely was my last. It took my hair a while to recover, but I learned my lesson—no more perms!”

Julianne Moore

“I ruined my eyebrows. I started plucking them in the sixth grade because I didn’t like how thick they were, and now they won’t grow back. I tell my daughter she is not allowed to touch hers. Her eyebrows are perfect.”

Mila Kunis

“When I was 19, someone told me that if I washed my hair with beer, it would make it look shiny. That was not the case at all! All it did was make my hair smell like I was out partying from the night before.”

Nicole Kidman

“I had a botched attempt at being a platinum blonde once. My hair started to break off in my hands and it turned white. It was terrible! I’m meant to be a strawberry blonde…. No Marilyn for me!”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“I thought a short, chic hairstyle would look great on Selina Meyer. Oops—joke’s on me. I mean her.”

Katie Holmes

“Well, I did try a juice cleanse … and I was at Chipotle by noon. If that’s not enough, I think the perm that I ‘rocked’ in grammar school was probably not my best look. However, I felt really cool, and to me that is what beauty is all about—feeling great.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

“I have had a few beauty misses over the years. I did a sort of halfhearted crimp in my hair at the SAG awards one year. I think my eyebrows were a bit overplucked in the ’90s. I was very into Drew Barrymore‘s look at the time, that sort of Bette Davis eyebrow and lip liner, but I don’t think I pulled it off.”

Blake Lively

“I matched my metallic eye shadow to my T-shirts in middle school. The most popular girl in school, Kelsey Rohr, did it, so of course everyone else had to try it. Turns out only Kelsey could rock it. She also looked great in orange Dickies…. Damn her.”

Halle Berry

“I once tried an egg-white facial, and it took all the moisture out of my skin—for two weeks I looked like a lizard molting!”

Kate Hudson

“I remember once when I attempted a facial self-tanner, and I ended up resembling Magda from There’s Something About Mary. Let’s just say from then on out I’ve stuck to bronzer!”

Kerry Washington

“I wore acrylics for a long time, but they made my nails very weak, and when I got pregnant, I was uncomfortable with the chemicals. I like gels a lot better. But I love press-ons. I rock custom- made press-ons on the carpet often!”

Mindy Kaling

“I love that strong brows are so in right now, but when I’ve tried them on myself, it’s a disaster. I look like a cartoon henchman. So I keep them natural, and when I want to make a statement, I’ll do a bold lip color.”

Reese Witherspoon

“Brown lip liner really had quite a moment in the late ’90s. It was not exactly flattering having a big brown line around my mouth with a super- pale lipstick in the center…. But boy, I thought it looked so cool. I also had really plucked-thin eyebrows. I basically looked like an emoji.”

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