We have a love-hate relationship with our magnifying mirror. We love the ability to inspect the depths of our pores that 10x magnification affords us, but we hate seeing what said pores actually look like. Our morbid fascination with examining and proding all the invisible-to-the-naked-eye workings of our skin usually wins out over the many warnings against such behaviour we’ve received from aestheticians. If you have a similar relationship with your magnifying mirror, listen up. There are a few areas where you could be going very wrong.
Issue #1: Using a Magnifying Mirror To Seek Out Problem Pores
Think of the magnifying mirror as the last resort—not the first step in skin inspection. If you’ve already spotted a blackhead or whitehead, whipping out the magnifying mirror will help you pinpoint the exact spot to target. If you spy an imperfection you didn’t see in the regular mirror, leave it alone. Messing with your pores when a real problem isn’t present will lead to inflammation and, more often than not, the development of the very issue you were trying to prevent.
Issue #2: Using a Magnifying Mirror When Tweezing Your Eyebrows
When shaping your eyebrows at home, it’s important to look at the whole picture. Spending too much time up close and personal with your brows can be a recipe for over-tweezing because the hairs that look like strays at 5x magnification may actually be essential to the shape when you step back from the magnifying mirror. Virtually all tweezing can and should take place in front of your standard bathroom mirror. The only reason to switch over to the magnifying variety is to grab those superfine, blonde hairs that have a tendency to escape the tweezers.
Issue #3: Using a Magnifying Mirror When Applying Makeup
The perfectionist types may think setting up shop with the magnifying mirror is the only way to accurately conceal imperfections and apply a truly clean, even wing of black eyeliner. But the truth is the rest of the world doesn’t see you zoomed in with the power of magnification. Save the magnifying mirror for cleaning up little mistakes and avoid the time suck of perfecting fine details no one else is going to notice.
Are you guilty of any of these magnifying mirror missteps?