Mirror Mirror on the wall …
Who is the fairest of them all?
My boyfriend often jokes about the number of mirrors that I would have up in our home, given the chance! And when he jokes, it’s not at the potential lack of mirrors, it’s about the vast number of mirrors that I would hang, given half the chance! I can hear you guys thinking “how vain of her to surround herself with images of herself, constantly” and I don’t blame you for thinking that… but that’s not why I’d hang them
This article that I wanted to write today isn’t about why I would choose to hang mirrors on most walls in my house (because they bounce light around every wall and give each room much more depth, thus giving the appearance of greater space), it’s because my boyfriend’s comment reminded me of the importance of mirrors as part of my job. Then I got to start wondering whether most people actually think about the importance and usefulness of mirrors as an everyday part of their life, to maintain their chosen image
As a makeup artist, I am often asked how I manage to maintain my makeup throughout the day. A lot of women put “their face on” first thing in the morning and then don’t touch it at any point thereafter, throughout the rest of the day. Which is fine if that’s their choice. But then don’t be surprised that by 530pm it’s not looking like it did at 8am that morning! I have no magic answer or solution for those people. But I do have some practical advice… if you would like your makeup to stay fresh throughout the day then you need to maintain some level of “checks” throughout the day on your face! You choose the frequency of those checks and might wish to do them once at lunch time after you have eaten, or every time you nip to the toilet during the day. You can give yourself a quick check at your desk (if appropriate) to check that your breakfast isn’t sitting between your two front teeth still!
This leads me onto the relevance of this article … Your makeup mirror. Aside from the makeup in your makeup bag, what else would you class as a makeup bag essential? Would you think of your mirror as a key ingredient to your makeup bag, or do you think of it as something that facilitates your makeup application? I reckon that most women would say that the makeup mirror is one of her daily essentials! In fact, I don’t think that I’d find any of you guys who does not have a makeup mirror handy in your purse, pocket or wherever you stash it
For those of you who drive, how about your car? Do you use the 5 mirrors in the front of your car to carry out your own makeup checks!? (Obviously when you are NOT driving)
Your mirror is your best friend… and the sole purpose of your makeup mirror is to make possible, your application of makeup (and to carry out checks!). Part of this reason is because the makeup mirror is just about the most convenient tool for this endeavour! This is especially true because the makeup mirror is very handy, and can be kept inside the smallest pocket ever perceived. I always keep one in the very front pocket of my handbag, which must only be 10cm x 10cm, but I know it’s ALWAYS in there, should I be caught short!
But if you didn’t have your mirror nearby, would you attempt your makeup without it…. “Mirror-LESS”? There is no rule that says one cannot apply makeup on her face without the use of the makeup mirror… In fact, any woman has the ability to apply makeup without having to use a mirror but it takes confidence, practice, knowing your face and knowing your products. Still, using it definitely makes the act a whole lot easier, right! Despite its size, that little makeup mirror can give any woman a clear and vivid picture of her face so that she can make her applications with confidence!
What’s more, makeup mirrors allow you to correct your mistakes too… On the move and immediately! You can point out the bit of lunch that your friend still has in their teeth J and show them proof, right there and then!
And if you don’t have your glasses to hand but need a little help with magnification, then your makeup mirror suddenly becomes your best friend again…you can opt for a 12x zoom! Some mirrors offer up to 12 times magnification for your viewing pleasure! Designed solely to work for YOU. So maybe if you haven’t already thought about buying a makeup mirror, you should. And if you hadn’t considered the possibility of getting a magnified one, then you should!