Why do you look better in the store mirror than you do at home? If you think that the answer to this question lies with lighting and makeup, then think again! Although makeup (and good lighting) is often cited as a reason why appearances differ between store mirrors and selfies taken at home, it turns out it’s not really about whether the mirror is flattering. Rather, like many other aspects of our appearance, it’s related to how we stand in front of the mirror.
Every person has had that experience of getting ready to leave the house and then standing in front of the mirror to check themselves out one last time. But this day, you feel something noticeably different. You look great! New clothes? A haircut? Maybe a new hairstyle or hair color?
There are a few explanations for why we look better in store mirrors. First, the lighting in stores is often very flattering. They use bright lights to make the products look their best, and that same lighting can make us look our best too.
Second, store mirrors are often placed at a good angle. They’re usually at eye level or slightly above, which is a flattering angle for most people.
It’s also worth noting that our own perception of our appearance can be influenced by a variety of external factors, such as our mood, the time of day, and the lighting in the room. For example, if we’re feeling particularly tired or stressed, we may be more critical of our appearance in the mirror. On the other hand, if we’re feeling confident and well-rested, we may feel more positive about our appearance.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that beauty is subjective and that there is no one “right” way to look. We should strive to embrace our unique features and focus on feeling confident and comfortable in our own skin, rather than comparing ourselves to others or to an idealized standard of beauty.