I guess the purpose of this post is really to find out if I’m a strange alien from another planet, or if you guys have weird mirror habits like I do. What do I mean by weird mirror habits? Well, since you asked…
Somewhere down the line, I started picking up all these odd habits when putting on my makeup. I didn’t even know I had them until my ex-girlfriend walked in on me doing my makeup one day and pointed it out: “What is that weird face you're doing?”
I looked back in the mirror and thought, “This is just my face!” Since that moment though, I’ve pretty much noted the weirdness every morning. I’m not sure where exactly these habits came from, but I have an idea or two:
Let’s start with the eyes. You know those big pleading eyes I do in most of my photos? The ones that visibly strain my whole face and wrinkle my forehead? Well, I hate to break it to you, but that special face isn’t reserved specifically for you lovely readers.
I’ve been making that face in the mirror to myself every morning for as long as I can remember. I think this strange auto-face comes from a deep-seeded image in my mind of Disney princesses and their massive eyes. It also might have something to do with an ex telling me I looked best after I’d been crying because it made my eyes bigger.
Next, the hair pat. When I’m doing my makeup, I almost always put my hair up in a messy bun, and every time I finish a step in my application process, I bump the bun forward.
I credit this odd habit to my childhood hairdresser, who always gave me bangs and layers near my face because she said I needed hair to balance out the roundness of my face. She also forbid me to ever get a bob, and told me to lay off the bread if I wanted my face to thin out…
Anyway, even though I’m happy with my current face shape, I think the bun bumping comes from a subconscious need to push my hair toward my face. Or maybe It’s just my OCD acting up.
Finally, there’s the lips. When applying foundation or concealer, I tend to stretch my lips down to make my skin really tight. This one in particular is super-attractive, because I look a bit like a grandma with no teeth. I have absolutely no idea what made me pick up this one, but I do know it makes my face hurt if I hold it for too long.
I’m working on catching these habits now, both in the mirror and in photos, constantly reminding myself to relax my face, but it’s really difficult. Old habits die hard you know?
So now that I’ve laid out all my facial idiosyncrasies and insecurities, please back me up! Show me your weird mirror faces, or at least tell me about them.
This originally appeared on our sister site, xoVain.