With our constant research and endless practice with makeup, skin, nail, and hair care products (especially during our extensive Best of Beauty Awards process), I can see how one might think that Allure editors never mess up. It’s easy to think of us as these pristine beauty unicorns who have never experienced running mascara, a choppy, bad haircut, or waxing session involving that scream-and-pass-out kind of pain. I’m here to tell you how very wrong you are if you think that, and we have the bruises, scars, and stories to prove it. Experts are born through trial and error, and we’ve had our share of errors that have left us with important lessons (one being: never spray tan during your lunch break). If you don’t believe me, below is the highlight reel of our 11 worst beauty faux pas — hey, even our Executive Beauty Director has a bad day every once in a while.