Here’s the funny thing…. at my age, I genuinely don’t know how to apply makeup. I’ve never really worn a ton of makeup in my life. Sure.. I’ve slapped on some cheap lipstick, and penciled in the eyeliner.. despite never quite being able to figure out exactly where it should go.. but that’s about the extent of it. Lately, I’ve been discovering all of these photos of makeup application that make me realize there is an art to all of this that is a complete mystery to me. For the first time.. I’m intrigued and ready to learn.
I was never one of those pale skinned goth kids… My olive skin definitely came from my Italian heritage and I always spent way too much time in the sun to be pale. Because I was always tan… makeup just didn’t feel that necessary. I was photogenic, and assumed I’d always be. Fast forward to today… I’ve aged…. I don’t spend near as much time in the sun… and I am the exhausted mother of a one year old.. Those wrinkles are getting deeper, and the circles under my eyes are getting darker. I need help.
Earlier this year, I went away for a weekend.. and the bathroom vanity in my hotel room happened to have a wall mounted double sided makeup mirror. Wow! What a surprise to see your face in one of those magnified mirrors if you’re not used to doing so! I had no idea how much easier it is to apply makeup when you can see what you are doing! I knew I needed one of these mirrors!!
It just so happens that one found me during one of my thrifting excursions! It’s a basic silver, table top, double sided makeup mirror. It was filthy, but nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix! I was lucky enough to discover this little treasure for $3 at Goodwill… but you can find almost identical ones for $20 just about anywhere.
Now for the fun part…. you know I’m not about to let this little piece stay ordinary. Time to rock it out… I considered adding some kind of trim to the outer edge of the mirror frame, but this frame needs to be able to rotate, so I couldn’t add anything too chunky. I decided to focus my attention instead on the stand…. Here’s what I did:
1. I started by covering the mirrors. I just used some magazine pages that I trimmed to size, slid behind the frame, and taped together until the mirror was fully covered.
2. I took all of the pieces apart and used a Gloss Black Spray Paint & Primer to paint the frame and stand.
3. Once dry, I cleaned the mirrors up and applied 12MM Spikes to the underside of the frame using E600 glue. I purchased both black spikes and gunmetal spikes. I always planned on going with the black ones, but so glad I bought both, because the gunmetal just stood out a bit more.
Now that I have the mirror…. it’s time for the makeup lessons!! Anyone want to give a girl some tips?? 🙂
Truth be told, I have a thing for those old Victorian mirrors….. so that’s on my list to either start hunting for, or perhaps the next DIY mirror project? For now… this little piece will definitely come in handy for a beginner like myself!
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