Are You Making These Handheld Magnifying Mirror Mistakes?

Are You Making These Handheld Magnifying Mirror Mistakes?Most people have a love-hate relationship with their magnifying mirrors. They love being able to inspect every inch of their pores, but they hate being able to see them in the first place. And when it comes to applying makeup, magnification can make or break your look.

Are you making these mistakes with your handheld magnifying mirror?

Applying Eye Makeup

Magnifying mirrors can be useful when applying makeup, but they can also be a problem if you don’t know how to use them properly.

Magnification mirrors are really designed for people who wear glasses. You have to take your glasses off to apply makeup, but once you take them off, you can’t see clearly and give up.

The goal is to find a magnification level that’s just as strong as your prescription, so you can see where you’re applying your eyeliner or eyeshadow without having to squint or stand two inches from the mirror.

For those of us who have perfect vision or wear contacts, a magnification mirror can do more harm than good when applying makeup.

Here’s the problem with magnification: you can see everything. Being able to see everything is the whole point, but it can also make you obsess over every little line or smudge that’s out of place.

If you don’t wear glasses, it’s often better to go with a lower level of magnification because it won’t distort the image and will still allow you to see the area you’re working on more clearly.

Plucking Your Eyebrows

Magnifying mirrors and tweezers may sound like a match made in heaven, but a magnifying handheld makeup mirror is the last tool you should be using when plucking your eyebrows.

Just as magnification can make you obsess over eyeliner and eyeshadow, it can also make you obsess over your eyebrows.

With a pair of tweezers and a magnifying mirror, you’ll be plucking every little strand of hair you can find.

What’s the big deal?

For starters, most people will never see those hairs you painfully tweezed. But the real issue is that you’re seriously irritating your skin and hair follicles. If you go on a rampage tweezing every last hair, you might wind up breaking out all over the place.

If you must use a magnifying mirror when plucking your eyebrows, make sure you choose a lower magnification level. Lower levels will still give you a good view of your eyebrows, but won’t distort the image so much that you wind up plucking too much hair and potentially damaging your follicles.

Popping Pimples or Extracting Blackheads

Some people love using magnifying handheld makeup mirrors because it lets them see every little pore on their faces. It also lets them see every little blemish and blackhead, which now look like the size of Texas.

You may have a tiny little pimple on your face that no one else can see, but that little mirror of yours just made it look like a giant crater. Now what? The only thing left to do is pop it – right? Wrong.

When people start seeing every little blemish and blackhead (which no one else can see), they start doing everything their esthetician said not to do.

In case you didn’t know, popping pimples and blackheads is terrible for your skin. Pimple popping can cause scars and even more breakouts. You’ll wind up with more visible spots than you did when you started.

The truth is that your skin isn’t perfect. When you use a magnifying mirror, you’ll see every little pore, every little hair and every little wrinkle. Seeing these things doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your skin. It just means your skin is completely normal.

So, if you’re using a magnifying mirror to hunt down pimples and blackheads, stop that bad habit right now before you cause permanent damage to your skin.

Choosing the Wrong Magnification Level

If you’ve never used a magnifying mirror, you may assume higher magnification is better. But there really is such a thing as too much magnification.

Levels can range from 1x all the way up to 15x. The highest levels can cause serious image distortion – and allow you to see things you really don’t want or need to see.

For most people, 3x or 5x is optimal. Anything higher than this level is just a waste or a detriment. Mirrors with 10x or 15x magnification are only ideal for people who have vision problems.

Magnifying mirrors can be great tools, but you need to know how to use them properly to get the best results. Remember to avoid tweezing your eyebrows and to stop obsessing about those small blemishes no one else can see. And if you do plan to apply makeup with one of these mirrors, make sure that you use the right level of magnification.

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