Ideal makeup hinges on three main pillars: quality cosmetics, concentration, and a good makeup mirror. The latter is of special importance because without a proper “reflecting tool”, the process of applying makeup will linger for too long, and the result may turn out inaccurate.
The market of makeup mirrors is huge, offering a myriad of options from vanity and magnifying units to lights makeup mirror and backlit designs with every imaginable variation in between.
How not to get lost in this maze of glass? These simple tips will help you choose the right makeup mirror for your specific beauty routine.
Along with running a gamut of shapes, sizes, magnifications, types of illumination, makeup mirrors come both tabletop and wall-mounted, while there are also tiny travel makeup mirrors found in every woman’s bag for quick brush-ups.
When shopping for a makeup mirror, think about where it would be placed. If your bathroom is ever-occupied in the mornings, then consider placing your makeup mirror in your bedroom where no one is to hasten or disturb you.
If your bathroom does not offer enough counter space, then a wall-mounted design could be a solution. Wall-mounted makeup mirrors should also be preferred to the tabletop in households with hyperactive kids or animals due to safety considerations.
However, for a wall-mounted option, it is necessary to take lots of measurements such as the height of the room’s counters, cabinets, as well as the height of the end-users to ensure the mirror is convenient and safe to use.
If you fall in love with wall makeup mirrors, before obtaining one, ask yourself the next questions: Will I be standing or sitting when using it? Will the mirror make me lean in too much and twist my neck in awkward angles to put my makeup on or do my hair? Will the mirror work perfectly in the space where I am going to have it causing no discomfort or obstruction for other routines?
Makeup mirrors have different types of glass coating. An aluminum coating is the most budget-friendly option. However, makeup mirrors with aluminum glass coating are quite fragile and should not be used in a humid environment as the glass surface may tarnish soon.
Titanium coating is more durable: it is not subject to moisture and mechanical stress but can slightly distort the image making it look grayish or bluish.
The silver makeup mirror glass coating is superb in all respects. It will easily withstand the test of intensive use without distorting the color or geometry of the image.
Chrome coating is extravagantly durable; it does not develop corrosion, while mirrors with such coating look gorgeous.
The frame and legs of makeup mirrors are generally made of nickel or stainless steel. The latter is more preferable since steel is more mechanically stable and less susceptible to corrosion, which means such a mirror will serve you many years down the line.
Before purchasing, it is important to check the mirror surface, making sure there are no spots, chips or other strange inclusions on it, and the mirror layer is homogeneous. Even the smallest defects can distort the reflection and preclude an adequate makeup application.
While natural daylight produces the most objective reflection in the makeup mirror, not all of us can have such a luxury, especially when there are no (or too small) windows in a bathroom or you start giving yourself spit and polish early in the morning when it’s still dark outside. Lighted makeup mirrors are a good way out for such cases.
A bulk of lighted makeup mirrors are loaded with LED lights which are considered the industry standard, though there is a good market share accounting for mirrors with incandescent and even fluorescent bulbs.
The white color perfectly mimics the natural light, so do not opt for a makeup mirror with yellow, blue or whatsoever bulbs if you want to apply your cosmetics beautifully.
Mirrors with LED lighting are energy-efficient, which will ultimately save you much money in the long run. LED bulbs of the white color wonderfully emulate the natural light. But such mirrors may cost two or even three times as high as mirrors with incandescent or fluorescent lights.
Fluorescent lighting is bright and white, too, so it works well in makeup mirrors. Such mirrors are relatively cheap to produce, which gives them an edge over LED when it comes to pricing.
Incandescent bulbs produce an orange tone. It is, surely, great for homely, cozy settings, but is inappropriate when it comes to makeup application which always requires clear light. Also, incandescent light bulbs emit lots of heat, which can make your face sweat – the least desired effect when doing your face.
Most tabletop makeup mirrors feature glasses from both sides – the one is normal and reflects the image dot-to-dot while another is made of convex glass to magnify the picture up to 15 times.
Magnification is essential for exacting makeup of the eyes and lips, for flawless tweezing, and other procedures which may require a magnified image for greater accuracy. For everyday use, a mirror with a 2-3x magnification is quite enough to ensure precise application of cosmetics.
If your eyesight is compromised while you do not want your eyeglasses to get into the way when applying makeup, then mirrors with greater magnification are a way out. However, such magnification is very strong, and you’ll need to lean very close to such a mirror to avoid distortion, which is not always convenient.