Traveling to visit friends we hadn't seen in decades meant I definitely needed a quick makeover. Have you seen us in the public restroom? Stretched over the sink, mascara in hand, hoping we don't get bumped? What a sight!
It only took one public vanity stop to figure out there's at least five reasons (at least for me) that applying makeup in an airport (or any public) restroom may not be a good idea:
- Unless you're tall or really limber, there's a good chance you'll end up with a soggy shirt from stretching over the sink to look carefully in the mirror. Can we say . . . gross!
- Lighting isn't always dependable. What may look fine in those hallowed halls of femininity may be more than a little off in the bright light of day. No one wants a TammyFaye surprise.
- If you're one of us who makes weird faces in the mirror as we apply mascara, etc., strangers may think you're having a stroke or seizure, and try to administer CPR.
- You could lose your luggage, or find something a little unexpected left in it if you need to turn away from it to gain access to a mirror. There's a reason they make those announcements every two minutes.
- Last, but certainly not least, are those neverending lines we seem to find and/or generate into the ladies' room. I've discovered that women tend to be very territorial when waiting for the water closet. A polite "Excuse me, I just need to get to the sink", may or may not yield a pass through.
For the rest of us, perhaps an internal blinking light for restroom mirrors would be helpful: "CAUTION! APPLYING MAKEUP IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. PROCEED CAREFULLY!"