12 Beauty Items Every 80s Girl Swore By

The 80s was a period of gravity-defying hair, flamboyant clothing, daring makeup, and amazing gadgets. Though a great deal of merchandise from this era still exist now, there are a lot of them that faded into obscurity.

There were as many trendy products as there were wacky, but nothing would ever have been the same if they did not exist

Here are 12 trendy, wacky, and completely BA beauty products which almost every woman who grew up in the 80s possessed:

1. Press-on Nails

Between time spent exercising to jazzercise videos and styling your hair, there was not enough left to sit through a manicure session. Plus, some folks had short fingernails and others were simply too young for acrylics. These are only a couple of reasons why press-on nails were the rage. Sure these ready-to-wear nails didn’t always stick well and occasionally it was a struggle to make them match thumbs, but if they did they looked amazing. The very best part was having the ability to immediately customize your nails to match your outfit. Oh, and they have been available in “active length” style.

2. Lip Smacker Necklace

The youth of the 80s took their lip care very seriously which is why Bonne Bell hit the jackpot when they released Lip Smackers. The one thing greater than a Lip Smacker was giant Lip Smacker on a lanyard for hanging around your neck so that you’re never caught without one. The lip gloss was particularly addictive because it came in several distinct wild flavors like Dr. Pepper, Sour Grapes, Bubble Gum as well as Tootsie Roll.

3. Electric Youth Perfume

A musician’s career is seemingly incomplete if they do not put out their own brand of fragrance. 80s teen queen Debbie Gibson teamed up with Revlon and created a perfume named after her album and single, “Electric Youth.” The mix of citrus and fruity oils made the perfume a hit among tween and teen girls.

4. Salon Selectives

If you wanted your hair to look “like you just stepped out of a salon,” then Salon Selectives shampoo and conditioner was created for you. Each set was labeled with a number to match your hair type. Fancy stuff.

5. Noxzema

Young people are never clear from the curse of acne. However, back in the 80s, Noxzema was the only type of deep cleaning cream you could ever want or need.

6. Rave Hairspray

There is no way you can make an 80s beauty product list and not include hairspray. This hair spray is not like any other. Rave was the hairspray that everyone wanted and needed.

7. Fazz

For a lot of teens from the 80s, Fazz was their very first makeup. Although it was sold in the toy shop, it was jewelry and makeup in one. The eye shadows, blushes and lip glosses were included in pastel-colored bits that might also be worn as clips, necklaces, bracelets, and just a bolo tie.

8. Sea Breeze Toner

Remember when the commercials tried to convince us that “beautiful skin can be a breeze with Sea Breeze?” We fell for it too because it tingled when you applied the toner on your face, which means it must be working, right?

9. Epilady

The hair removal device may be palm-sized, but its coils ripped your hair off like a torture device. After all, they do they say that there is no beauty without pain.

10. Malibu Musk

You didn’t have to live in or visit Malibu to be a beach babe. All you had to do was mist yourself with a little (more like a lot) Malibu Musk aerosol spray to feel like you’re under the California sun.

11. Mood lipstick

Whenever you weren’t applying Lip Smackers, there’s a good chance that you had mood lipstick on. The “magic” lip tint came in a shocking green color, but as soon as you put it on your lips, it turned pink. The lipstick didn’t really change colors based on how you were feeling, but depending on how active you got, the lip shade turned slightly darker. Still, mood lipsticks made us feel better every time we used them.

12. Banana Clips

Whenever you wanted a gravity-defying ponytail, the popular neon-colored banana clip was the go-to accessory.

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