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Carol Perkins: On the faces which look back in the mirror

Most women are at least a little vain. That doesn't mean they are conceited, but that they want to look their best when they go out in public. Many of my friends put on make-up and fix their hair to go to the mailbox.
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By Carol Perkins

A woman's best friend is not a magnifying mirror unless she is flawless. She can then admire herself without seeing lines, pinholes, pimples, veins, and hair. I don't know anyone who embraces a lighted magnifying mirror, but most of us use them routinely.


d I have one of those apparatuses on my bathroom wall. When I apply my make-up, I flip the standard side to the enlargement and begin my procedure. Because of this mirror, I can avoid having eye shadow in my eyebrows or on my nose; however, I can also see those tiny lines ground into my lids as if I took an iron to them. I don't know I have these lines without this mirror because I can't see. So why don't I avoid the magnification? The main reason is that I know those who are face to face with me see my flaws, so I have to try to hide them.

Most women are at least a little vain. That doesn't mean they are conceited, but that they want to look their best when they go out in public. Many of my friends put on make-up and fix their hair to go to the mailbox. I am not one of them. I rarely pay attention to my face until I look at the faces of others. Then I wonder about my own. "Do I look that wrinkled?"

Guy has seen this face since I was seventeen so he knows not to say a word about it. Then I wonder about my own.

I enjoy studying faces and how women apply their makeup. Some are stuck in the seventies with blue eye shadow and wings drawn out from the sides. Navy blue liner under and over the eye is prominent, and if a tear falls streaks of blue run down the face.

Then there is the lady whose blush is far from blended. Her rosy cheeks pop out at us before anything else is even noticed. Many older women meticulously apply their blush in little circles as they did back in the fifties.

Bright red lipstick has made a comeback for movie stars, but some ladies need to be careful how much is too much. When the lips are the first part of the face that anyone sees, the lipstick might be a little heavy. If I wore bright red lipstick, Guy would notice. Some young women are going for the blues and yellows and greens, but it doesn't enhance their appearance, in my opinion.

I don't blame any woman for having work done on their face, but so many look worse than they did before the knife. Botox can leave lips tight and smiles painful. However, an injection around the eyes or in the ruts on the cheeks might be helpful for our vanity, but most people I know had rather spend the money on a trip.

Aging is a bummer, but beauty experts assure us that it can be slowed down. That's the truth; it can be slowed down and even stopped. Corpses don't have wrinkles. Therefore, we'll keep falling for the latest creams, procedures that may work or may not, and beauty tips from airbrushed stars.

The reality is that I have earned every little flaw I see in my mirror by sunbathing, following a bad diet, and neglecting a nightly facial routine. Therefore, when I look in my magnifying mirror, I can't blame anyone but myself for what looks back at me. - Carol Perkins.


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