Makeup mirrors are a critical tool when applying cosmetics. There are many different styles and sizes available. When shopping, choose a mirror with the features that fit both your lifestyle and beauty routine.
Types of Makeup Mirrors
There are several types of mirrors available, and many women own more than one. Magnifying and lighted makeup mirrors are some of the most popular types. Many women may also own a large mirror for general application, and a smaller mirror for travel or daily touch-ups.
Magnifying mirrors are superb tools for fine detail work such as lip liner, eyeliner, or multiple shades that require delicate blending to achieve the best results. Magnifying makeup mirrors are also essential for covering fine lines and blemishes, and are particularly helpful for women with poor eyesight that may have to remove their glasses before applying makeup. Mirrors can go up to 10 and even 20x magnification.
Keep in mind that mirrors with higher magnification may be more expensive.
Lighted LED Makeup Mirror
Many types of makeup mirrors have built in led lights, either on the edges or encircling the entire reflective surface. This provides a smooth, consistent light source that enhances makeup application by eliminating shadows that may result in uneven cosmetics. Users should be aware, however, that the way the makeup appears in the lighted makeup mirror may differ from its appearance in natural light.
These small, compact mirrors are sold separately from cosmetic products, but should be a part of every woman’s makeup case nonetheless. While they are not sufficient for extensive makeup application, they are convenient for travel and reviewing touch-ups.
A handheld makeup mirror is essential for verifying the cosmetic’s application and coloration from different angles and is easy to use in conjunction with a stationary mirror in a bathroom or at a vanity. Handheld mirrors come in different sizes, but the best will be one that can show the entire face without distortion.
Caring for Makeup Mirrors
Over time, powders, oils, and sprays from cosmetics can cloud and smudge mirrors, limiting their effectiveness. If the buildup is especially bad, it can even lead to distortions. When cleaning a makeup mirror, use streak-free glass cleaner and wipe gently to prevent scratches, nicks, or permanent damage that would cause distortions. If at all possible, avoid getting makeup directly on the mirror.
When storing makeup mirrors, be sure they are adequately cushioned from sharp objects, potential pressure, and accidental drops that may chip or break the surface.
Reflecting Your Best Self
Having the right makeup mirror for the job at hand is the key to a balanced, beautiful appearance. Choose a mirror that offer the size, style, and features you need to look your best.