My favorite makeup tool is also my least favorite makeup tool: a tiny magnifying mirror I bought that has suction cups and attaches to my regular makeup mirror.
So it's like this every morning: I take my shower. I do the thousand tasks that have to be done to maintain hygiene. Then I sit down at my vanity. I look in my makeup mirror - the regular reflection side - and everything looks okayish.
Then I decide to destroy my life. I flip the mirror around and look over to the suction-cupped mirror, which must be about 100X magnification. I don't really know. All I know is that suddenly a pore that looked oversized to begin with is clearly the size of the Grand Canyon. And there's a lot of hair. On my face. And I'm a female.
Why do I have this tool, you wonder? Well, for the eyebrows, actually. It couldn't be more useful there. Somehow, despite a body that grows a pelt each morning, my eyebrows, overtweezed since I was fifteen, will not grow out. So I'm growing them out into a special shape - boomerangs. This is taking a while - a year the last time I checked. The trick is only to look at my eyebrows, not the rest of my face. No one who's teetering on the edge of fifty should look at her face in 100X magnification. My head, in this mirror, is literally the size of the Goodyear Blimp. It's disheartening.
I'm learning though. Since it's both my favorite and least favorite makeup tool, out of necessity I'm learning to be quick about it. Check the eyebrows, check the hair that doesn't belong on the fairer sex. Pull open a drawer of medieval-type instruments to deal with the problems. Then flip it around to being just a mirror again.
And there it is: my face, normal-sized, pores just large - nothing anyone could fall into - hair just where I want it to be. I think.
Anyone else look a little scary in a magnifying mirror? Am I the only one who overtweezed years ago into oblivion?