As a makeup artist, I constantly get asked what the most important products are and the best ways to apply them. These answers vary for every artist and every client. The one thing that we all need, no matter what skin type or face shape we have, is a good lighted makeup mirror.
To some, this may seem dramatic. Why can’t you just use a normal mirror people usually ask, but to myself and many other makeup professionals, using a mirror without lights is like putting makeup on in the dark. It’s the ultimate way to make sure everything is applied correctly!
Makeup mirrors with lights aren’t just for industry professionals though – anyone can buy one! There are so many different brands and choices online and sometimes it can be confusing to buy one, so here’s my definitive list of the 5 best lighted makeup mirrors.
Having a lighted makeup mirror is a great way to improve your looks, but the AirExpect Makeup Vanity Mirror goes above and beyond this. I personally recommend this mirror to friends who are really into makeup, because this allows them to use the mirror in different lights and at different times of the day. Because they use it a lot, it’s worth buying a pro mirror and getting good use out of it.
The AirExpect vanity mirror provides LEDs that can light dark and poorly lit areas, making it great for applying makeup before an evening event or a night out. You can switch the color temperature between a warm glow of 3,200k and a cooler 6,500K to view how your makeup will look at different times of the day – talk about being prepared. This is great if you’re doing show makeup and need to know how it will look under stage lights.
As a bonus, the mirror also has a 90-degree rotation option and a tri-fold design. The vanity mirror can be powered by batteries or USB cable, making it portable and easy to charge and use anywhere. Great for the makeup artist on the go!
Lighting is obviously an important component of a makeup mirror, but so is magnification. You may have seen those circular bathroom mirrors that have a magnifying side; well this mirror is like those but with added light for professional makeup looks. I swear by this mirror for all of my intricate eye shadow looks and it’s also a dream when applying eyeliner.
The TBI Pro mirror comes with a 7x magnification mini mirror to complement the 1x mirror, allowing you to get up close and personal with your makeup. The design has a 180-degree rotation and also three lighting modes for application at different times of the day. The stand is ‘non-slip’; making sure the 66 LEDs are safe and won’t accidentally be broken (we’ve all been there, no one wants to break a mirror). The 10-hour rechargeable battery makes it easy to transport without worrying that it’ll die. Great for long-distance trips.
The 7x magnification compact is my best friend, if I don’t feel like carrying a large mirror around with me I can slip this into my purse and whip it out when needed to fix my makeup and make sure I’m looking polished.
Let’s face it, when it comes to mirrors the bigger the better. We are all a little bit vain and it’s nice to get a full view of our makeup looks. If you’re looking for a larger mirror, the WEILY Makeup Vanity Mirror might be the one for you! This lighted makeup mirror unfolds to reveal four mirror panels and the two on the right side are 2x and 3x magnification. You can get a full view of your look and even lookup close.
When fully opened the display is a whopping 34.5cm by 24cm, making sure that you don’t miss an inch of the makeup look. It can also rotate by 180-degrees and has a sturdy stand so there’s no chance of smashing it and getting seven years of bad luck. It contains 21 LED lights, so it’s not as powerful in terms of lighting as others on this list, but it still gets the job done well.
This mirror is great for when you’re off to an important event and you really want to look your best. You won’t miss a thing with a mirror of this size! I also love the fact you have the choice between four colorways – pink, black, gold, and white, match it to your décor for an extra personalized touch.
Yet another feature that is usually forgotten when shopping for mirrors is rotation. Some may still be confused, why do you need a rotating mirror? Well, having adjustable angles is actually a lifesaver! Instead of having to awkwardly hold the mirror to see your face at a certain angle, a mirror with rotation can lock into any position and save you the arm cramp from holding it.
The KOOLORBS mirror offers a full 360-degrees of rotation; no angle will be missed! The mirror can twist to lock into place using a swivel joint; this is so handy for making sure every corner of your look is perfect. The mirror also includes a suction cup, allowing you to mount the mirror on any flat surface. I never really understood how important rotation was, but as soon as my friend showed me her mirror I was obsessed.
The mirror also features 10x magnification and that all-important lighting. The lights on the KOOLORBS mirror actually turn off after 30 minutes, so if you’re prone to accidentally leaving lights on there’s no need to worry. There are three lighting settings and adjustable brightness. Perfect for any occasion.
When I say the words ‘lighted makeup mirror’ I’m sure many people instantly get the image of a classic old Hollywood star sitting in front of a mirror with large bulbs – the essence of glamour. These vintage-looking mirrors are a classic, not only do they light up your face, but they can make you feel fabulous whilst doing so. If you’re looking to splurge and want the old glamour feel, check out the FENCHILIN Hollywood Mirror. This mirror is slightly more than others, but you get what you’re paying for!
The mirror is an updated take on the old style, it has the large bulb-like lights surrounding the frame, but now these lights can change to three colors and are dimmable. The mirror is controlled by high-tech tough control and also features 10x magnification. It can also rotate 360-degrees. This mirror does it all, it’s great if you know you’ll use it and you need to see what your makeup looks like in different light settings. If you want a more portable mirror, this may not be the best bet, however.
I’d also recommend this item as a gift, who wouldn’t love to receive one of these? Having a classic mirror with all the modern technology is the best combination; you’ll feel like a starlet whilst applying the most accurate makeup ever.
You don’t need to be the best makeup artist ever to need a makeup mirror with lights. In all honesty, the best makeup stylists used these handy mirrors to learn and, without them, they wouldn’t be where they are today. So if you’re feeling insecure about your skills or want to learn I would absolutely recommend going for it and buying one.
I know that my makeup looks got ten times better once I purchased my first lighted makeup mirror, I’ve never looked back since. The thought of applying makeup in a dark room scares me now, it just doesn’t compare! Hopefully one of the options on this list of the best lighted makeup mirrors is right for you. Have you bought a makeup mirror before? Let us know your experience in the comments!