The 11 Best Lighted Makeup Mirrors, According to Celebrity MUAs
Finding beauty products you actually love and mastering the art of winged eyeliner are only half the battle. If you really want to perfect your makeup, you have to make sure you're applying it in the right light.
"Proper lighting is everything for a flawless look," celebrity makeup artist Janice Kinjo tells InStyle. "With the right lighting, you can even out, blend, and match foundation to your skin tone. Essentially, it is the most important factor in finding the right tones for all the makeup products that will be applied to your face."
That's where lighted makeup mirrors come into play. They typically have multiple light settings so that you can clearly see your face any time of day. But since there are so many types of lighted makeup mirrors available to buy online, it can be tough to figure out which are actually worth buying. To make things easier for you, we tapped three professional makeup artists for their tips on exactly what to look for in lighted makeup mirrors. From must-have features to types of bulbs and settings, their expert advice will help you pick the right mirror for your needs.
These are the best lighted makeup mirrors, according to the experts:
- Best Overall: Riki Loves Riki Skinny Makeup Mirror
- Best Value: Horm LED Trifold Mirror
- Best Splurge: Glamcor Brilliant Mirror
- Best Vanity: Fenchilin Vanity Mirror With Lights
- Best Cordless: Simplehuman 8″ Round Sensor Makeup Mirror
- Best With Replaceable Bulbs: Chende Large Vanity Mirror With Lights
- Best Wall-Mounted: Simplehuman 8″ Wall-Mounted Sensor Makeup Mirror
- Best Rotating Option: Fenchilin Tabletop Lighted Makeup Mirror
- Best for Travel: JiBen LED Lighted 10X Magnifying Makeup Mirror
- Best Bluetooth: iHome All-in-One LED Makeup Mirror
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Riki Loves Riki Skinny Makeup Mirror
Best Value: Horm LED Trifold Mirror
Best Splurge: Glamcor Brilliant Mirror
Best Vanity: Fenchilin Vanity Mirror With Lights
Best Cordless: Simplehuman 8" Round Sensor Makeup Mirror
Best With Replaceable Bulbs: Chende Large Vanity Mirror With Lights
Best Wall-Mounted: Simplehuman 8" Wall-Mounted Sensor Makeup Mirror
Best Rotating Option: Fenchilin Tabletop Lighted Makeup Mirror
Best for Travel: JiBen LED Lighted 10X Magnifying Makeup Mirror
Best Bluetooth: iHome All-in-One LED Makeup Mirror
Best Compact: Fancii Compact Makeup Mirror With LED Lights
What to Keep in Mind
When you're shopping for a lighted makeup mirror, there are a few specific things to look out for if you want a high-quality option. "Important features are dimmable function for brightness and a function to change color temperature from cool to warm orange hues," says Kinjo, whose celebrity clients include Mindy Kaling, Mary J. Blige, and Uzo Aduba.
"For deeper skin tones, a cool white light is horrible lighting and makes the skin tones look white and ashy," she explains. "Therefore, it is important to have some orangey tungsten hues to warm up the white light. A lighted mirror that you can control the color warmth and can get a perfect combo of cool and warm lighting is the perfect lighted mirror for all complexions."
For even better lighting, Tardif prefers "when the light goes all around the mirror so that there are no features left in the shade."
Even if your bathroom or vanity area is already bright, you might still benefit from a makeup mirror with lights. "[A lighted makeup mirror] allows you to see yourself clearly when applying makeup without the cast of shadows typically caused by overhead lighting," says Kassajikian. "This way you always get an even application and blend."
Most makeup mirrors come with some level of magnification like 3x or 5x, but if you'll be using your mirror to do some detailed work like plucking hairs or putting on false lashes, look for higher magnification like 10x.
Many mirrors come with extra features like USB ports for charging your phone and playing music for the ultimate primping station. If you know you'll be taking your mirror on trips, look for designs that are portable enough to travel with and can be mounted in different locations.
Your Questions, Answered
Are LED lights best for applying makeup?
The short answer is yes. "LED lights are best because [they] will give you a more natural reflection without washing you out," says Kassajikian. Many lighted makeup mirrors on the market use LED lights, but you'll occasionally find some models with fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. LED lights are also more energy-efficient than other types of lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Plus, they might actually keep any makeup that's nearby safe, too. "LED bulbs don't emit heat and cool to the touch, so makeup placed by the mirror won't melt," Kinjo says.