Lighted Makeup Mirrors
makeup mirrors are mirrors which use artificial
light to give you the illusion of natural sunlight when you are
applying makeup to your face.
mirrors give you the choice of daylight and evening
illumination. It is believed that this will give you the truest
picture of how you will actually look outdoors or over a
candlelit dinner table after your makeup has been applied. It
can use standard bulbs or fluorescent light and in many cases
you can set how bright you want the light to
There are several advantages to
using lighted makeup mirrors:
- Clearly shows all natural
features of your face.
- Shows the places you missed, when
cleaning, moisturizing, or applying base, blush, or
- Reveals all blemishes,
imperfections, rashes, and hairs that need
- These products come with
some degree of magnification to enlarge the
You have a number of choices when
choosing a lighted makeup mirror. The lights may surround the
edge of the mirror (halo lighting), be located down the two
sides or across the top and bottom (side-lighting), or have a
central hidden source (spot-lighting). Most of them have a
swivel hinge (a two sided mirror), with a standard mirror on
one side and a magnified mirror on the other. The magnification
is usually about 4X to 5X, (a makeup mirror with 5X
magnification being the most common) but you can also get
a lighted magnifying mirror in lower and higher degrees,
all the way from 1X to 10X and even 15X.
Other options include thoe with a
makeup mirror wall mount (a wall mirror), or a lighted vanity
Once you have decided you can't tweeze
another eyebrow without a lighted makeup mirror, there are a
few considerations to think about:
- How much magnification will you
need? Remember, you have to take your glasses off to apply
makeup and tweeze!
- Where will you be using this
mirror? If you sit at a dressing table, how tall does this
mirror have to be to comfortably position
- Do you intend to travel with
- Do you have a place to plug it in
where you intend to use it?
- How much are you willing to
If you are accustomed to standing up
when you apply makeup, you will want a wall-mounted mirror for
viewing. You can get one that can be pulled and turned from
standard to magnifying, and with both sides lighted. You can
even get one that is fogless, for use in the shower. Some of
those even have clocks, radios, and of course, are waterproof.
They use batteries and have suction cups for mounting. And,
believe it or not, I actually know someone who both tweezes and
applies makeup in the shower! She swears the hairs pull out
more painlessly, and that makeup never cakes in a cool
If your makeup application is
done on the fly, or have to travel a lot, the portable
travel mirrors are the answer for you, especially if you are
running late for an appointment. This little item is very handy
and every woman should own one for putting on makeup away from
They are smaller; battery operated,
and easily fold up for storage in a purse or overnight bag.
Some of them turn the lights off automatically when you close
For your standard vanity lighted
makeup mirrors, you have plenty of styles, shapes, sizes, and
finishes to pick from. They may be square, rectangular, round
or oval. Choose one that fits the décor of the room you will be
using it in, especially if it will be on display at all times.
Plastic frames come in all colors, and you can also choose the
metals that range from period golds and brass all the way to
the modern nickel and chrome.
You can buy them at almost any
department store, but buying online is always a good
option, especially if you can get free super saver shipping.
Beauty doesn't have to be difficult.