Guest Post by Sophie Shorland.
Mavens of London ( www.mavens.co.uk)
Having to squint through dust and streaks of nail polish while trying to put your makeup on is never ideal. But when it comes to keeping your makeup mirror sparkling and clear, where do you begin? Here’s a quick run through of how to go about it, which will also come in handy when you’re house cleaning, as many of the same tips apply for larger mirrors.
If your mirror just needs a little sprucing to get it back in perfect condition, you can try washing it with a little warm water, then rubbing it dry with a towel, flannel or microfibre cloth. Whether you’re drying your makeup mirror or house cleaning and dealing with larger ones, remember to rub it with small circular motions. This will stop any streaks from appearing, leaving that sparkling finish!
If your mirror needs a little more than just warm water to help it sparkle again, you can use a few squirts of a mirror-cleaning spray, before rinsing with water and then drying. Alternatively, combine a little washing up liquid with warm water, and use a clean sponge to wipe the mixture over your mirror. This should clear up hairspray and shampoo splatters.
To make sure you’re cleaning every single spot, start at the top and clean your mirror in a figure of eight shape, moving gradually downwards. It’ll save you from having to do the same chore again when you discover a smidge you’ve missed in a couple of weeks’ time!
What’s that Spot?
For a lot of us, putting on makeup is often done under terrible lighting conditions or on shaky public transport. We’re lucky not to poke ourselves with a mascara wand, let alone leave the odd spot on our makeup mirrors. Most minor stains can be fixed using the method above, but if your mirror’s still not looking sparkling clean, there’s more you can do to salvage the situation.
First up, try to identify what the spot is – a multitude of things could have made their way onto your mirror, especially if it’s been knocking around in your handbag. Here are some common stains and their fixes:
- Nail polish can be removed with nail polish remover.
- For chewing gum, try putting your mirror in the freezer for two hours. Once it’s out, you should be able to just peel off the gum.
- Rust can be cleaned up with a little salt and lemon juice, rubbing the stain firmly while taking care not to scratch the surface of your mirror.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for from that little list? You’ll find more tips for how to deal with specific stains on makeup mirrors, or bathroom mirrors for when you’re house cleaning, here.
Change the Scene
If you’re still not happy with your makeup mirror once it’s completely sparkling and spot free, you can always convert it into something else. Whether your DIY project is an emergency hair kit or a mini picture frame, there are plenty of beauty-related uses for makeup mirrors once you’ve tired of their original purpose!
Alternatively, just give your mirror a makeover with paint. The type will depend on the material you’re working with.