Styles of Lighted Makeup Mirrors: Lighted Magnifying Mirrors

Find the Best Lighted Makeup Mirror for You

Woman applying lipstick

Light up makeup mirrors are useful especially when someone will face an audience during a presentation or a performance, where they need to apply make up in detail. In the earlier days, these mirrors were limited to dressing rooms where large, yellow light bulbs line the edge of the mirror. This still exists, but there are more compact and energy efficient versions, and some designs are sleek enough to fit in a handbag. Knowing the different styles may help in choosing the best one for you. Here are some varieties of light up make up mirrors:

Wall mounted lighted makeup mirror. For use in the powder room or the bedroom, wall mounted lighted make up mirrors are the best choice. Yellow bulbs are no longer used, while fluorescent light bulbs are more commonly used, as they are brighter, energy efficient and do not emit too much heat. Most are round, with a round fluorescent bulb on the edge of the mirror. Some manufacturers use light emitting diodes (LED), which are even brighter and use less energy. Having one like this requires little counter space and makes applying makeup easier.

Natural light mirror. This design uses light that simulates natural light, as if you are putting on make up during the daytime. The technology used for this is the daylight spectrum fluorescent bulb. It is also dimmable, making it possible to adjust the intensity of the light, so it is not too glaring.

Compact lighted mirror. There are several kinds of compact lighted mirrors. The bigger ones are rectangular and look like small cabinets--inside both doors and the middle portion are mirrors. Usually, the light is situated at both sides of the middle mirror, adjacent to the side mirrors. This compact design can be brought when traveling, inside a suitcase.

There are sleek designs for compact lighted mirrors that can fit in a handbag, and look more like a compact makeup kit. There are also hand-held versions. LED technology makes it possible to manufacture smaller types, since these can be battery operated and produce light as intense as a large fluorescent bulb. 

Investing in a lighted mirror is a good move, especially for women who find it necessary to put on makeup. These kinds of lighted magnifying mirrors are also useful for plucking eyebrows and putting on facial remedies. Most of these have a 1x magnification and at least 3x optical grade magnification on the other side. Magnification helps especially in the application of eye make up. Fluorescent bulbs do not produce much heat, so you do not sweat while applying make up. 

These lighted makeup mirrors are available for sale in online stores such as, and other websites. Prices can range from less than $25 to more than a hundred dollars, depending on the size and light technology used. Most of these are plugged into an electrical outlet. The smaller ones are battery operated. Lights can be replaced with new ones, which are also available on the market.


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