A running joke between my mother and I is the fact that I put my makeup on with a little compact mirror. She doesn't understand how I can see anything effectively enough to put makeup on correctly or even a little heavy handed with such a tiny mirror. Many times I find myself putting my makeup on in my car. Usually, this is when I've been running late and need to jump in the car to take kids to school and then get on my merry way to work. And, I like putting my makeup on in the car. (I will add that I do not do this while driving.)
Applying your makeup in the car is actually not such a bad thing. The natural light is great, much better than any lighting I have in my house. What my mother can't get over is the mirror I use as my tool. Until recently, it was actually the other half of a broken compact and if in the car, my rear view mirror. Fortunately for me, my good buddy, B who completely understood my makeup applying habits, helped me, by giving my a double sided mirror compact. One side is normal and the other side is 10x magnifying.
This is good for a number of reasons. One, it does allow me to see things up close, especially when applying eye makeup. But more importantly, and sometimes to my detriment, it shows every little blemish and unwanted hair. Literally, I can spend an hour plucking on an especially sunny morning. Let me tell you- if you've never examined your face up close and magnified in the sunlight, truly you don't know what you're missing. Well, actually, you're probably missing a lot of hairs and plugged pores, but what you can't see can't hurt you.
Here's the problem, sometimes I can't stop myself. Case in point, I was tweezing my eyebrows. Really, I was just cleaning up the strays when I spotted a crazy hair in the brow that would not be tamed. In my zest to remove said hair, I kind of got some other crucial hairs that needed to stay in their place. Well, once you mess with the balance, you have to even things out....and well I ended up totally changing the shape of ONE of my brows. I really didn't have the stomach to do the same to the other brow, thereby changing my eyebrows completely! So, I did a little adjusting trying to make things look even. I'm not really happy with the brow situation at this time. I'm letting the skinny brow grow back in - but man is it difficult to look at the regrowth and not want to clean it up - again- which is how I found myself in this situation.
So- what about you? Where do you apply your makeup? At a well lit vanity or sitting on the toilet in your bathroom? What size mirror and lighting must you have to get the job done?