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Why are some mirrors more flattering than others?

Asked by FutureMemory (24743points) June 7th, 2009

Has anyone else noticed this? Seems a very strange phenomenon. Is it the lighting in the room? The size? The angle? The height? Whether or not you read the morning paper? I can’t figure it out.

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Sariperana's avatar

Agreed!! There are fat mirrors and skinny mirrors – its usually the former of the two i find in change rooms, teamed with fluorescent lighting! not quite sure how or why it happens though…

DarkScribe's avatar

They have a wide range of hue, many of the more flattering have a very faint gold hue. None will be fat or skinny if made properly on flat glass.

eambos's avatar

Some mirrors are curved so that you look tall and skinny. Ever notice how something might look great in the store, but no so good once you get home? It might have to do with the mirror’s shape.

casheroo's avatar

A man made the unflattering ones.

DarkScribe's avatar

@eambos _eambos’s avatar

Some mirrors are curved so that you look tall and skinny.

Have you considered that if a person is not fat, then a mirror that made a fat person look skinny, it would be unflattering to the skinny person?

FutureMemory's avatar

Meaning a skinny person would look practically emaciated… great insight DS, that would have never occured to me.

eambos's avatar

I didn’t mean skinny as in rail thin, I meant it will stretch your image and make you look thinner. It usually isn’t too much of a change, but enough that you might subconsiously notice it.

If you have some rolls on you, they aren’t going to dissapear because of a slight curve.

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