You Don’t Have to Show It All
Staying at hotels is fun, except for the mirrors in the bathrooms.
They all seem to have magnifying mirrors and lighting suitable for an operating room.
Why would you do that to yourself?
Is there a conspiracy between the hotels and beauty companies? Do the hotels get a kickback when people run out and buy electrolysis and/or concealer?
Calling them vanity mirrors seems like a misnomer; insecurity mirrors would be more like it.
Seeing everything in detail on anything is not always the best option. For example, as a near-sighted person, I have discovered that Christmas trees and Christmas lights are best looked at without glasses or contacts. You don’t see the wires and the hooks and the bulbs and the extension cords. You just see what you are supposed to see: lights and colors and shine.
I would argue that the same holds for faces, your own and other people’s. We don’t have to see every pore and eyebrow hair, people.
The New York Times Magazine tends to employ a photography style on their cover subjects that zooms in on the pores on the person’s nose, which is just mean.
I think/hope that what I see in my own bathroom mirror (a regular one, lit by regular light bulbs) is what other people see when they look at me.
Another reason I think people aren’t seeing me in high-def: They are probably worrying more about their own faces than scrutinizing mine.
I’m all for not worrying about this. How about you?