Makeup mirrors: A day in the life of…

The purpose of makeup mirrors is to give you a close up look at your face when you're applying all the various components that go into your makeup routine, like foundations, mascara, shadows, eye-liners and blushes. Because of the need for a higher magnification than normal, these mirrors often come double-sided – one flat and one concave. The concave side, depending on the curvature, typically comes in magnification factors from 2X up to 10X or more. Film and TV personalities, in the course of their day, will need to appear under harsh lighting, and for this reason many professional make up mirrors will come with bright backlighting to replicate the bright lights that the makeup needs to stand up to. Often, a bad makeup job will look much worse on TV, as you may have noticed. That's the reason men on TV need makeup too, or else unevenness of skin and other skin blemishes will appear to be highlighted on screen. That apart, for normal everyday office makeup you can opt for the lighted kind or the plain kind depending on your need and budget.

Make up mirrors: miniature magnifiers

The most popular type of makeup mirrors is the compact mirror, that often comes on the inside lid of a compact powder case' it may also have two mirrors opposite each other, one plain and one magnified to 2X. These are convenient to slip into any handbag for those half-way-point touch-up trips to the little girls' room to "powder your nose". They're available in a variety of designs and brands that come standard, and also in custom designs. Typically, makeup mirrors such as the compacts are useful when on the go, and aren't very suitable for a complete makeup job; for one, they're hand held and aren't convenient for applying the major components of your makeup, and for another, they're usually too small to have a field of vision to cover your entire face, making it difficult to judge the overall effect of your makeup efforts. However, they're perfect if you want to have a quick look at your lips or eyes to see if there are any streaks or smears.

Free-standing makeup mirrors for your dresser

The next type of mirror is the lighted table-top model. It comes with a pedestal that allows you to swivel back and forth from the plain side to the concave side; both sides are useful because one gives you the overall picture and the other, a detailed look. Magnification is usually 5X on the concave side, and prices can often be larger than life as well. A height adjustable two-sided swivel-type makeup mirror can cost as much as $1000, but a reasonably good one can be bought online for about $50. Lighted mirrors can either be battery operated or plugged into the wall, with some offering both options. They also come with a variety of illumination types such as incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, and LED, apart from the standard non-lighted. Placed on your dresser, they are essential additions to your makeup accessory kit.

Wall mounted makeup mirrors for the space-conscious

Lighted and non-lighted two-sided mirrors also come in wall-mounted models. These are basically designed with wall brackets that will save you dresser space. They come with extendable arms that can be used to fold away the mirror when not in use. Arm design variants also exist, such as double arm and gooseneck types. These types of makeup mirrors are suitable for places that are short on space or in bathrooms where there's no provision to keep them standing near the sink. Because they're similar in appearance to the standing mirrors, they're also so priced the same way, with a range from about $35 to more than $1200 in some cases. The right style of mirror is a crucial decision that can make or break the look of a bathroom. There are options from round to square and from oval to rectangle so any kind of décor that you have in your bathroom is sure to have matching makeup mirrors that will complement the look.

Where Can I Buy Makeup Mirrors?

Makeup mirrors can be found at any department store, such as Sears, in the cosmetics section. There will be a wide range of styles and prices to choose from, ranging anywhere from the low end: around $15, to the high end, which can be upwards of $1000 depending what store you're in.

You can also do your makeup mirror shopping from the comfort of your own home. There are many places to buy makeup mirrors online, and you can also shop for used mirrors, which could result in you saving more money. - is like a combination of eBay and Amazon, featuring both normal retail-format sales and auction sales. Overstock began by selling surplus merchandise of failed businesses at prices well below wholesale, and has since expanded to selling new goods as well - which are often made specifically for Overstock. They have a large selection - over 100 different types - of wall mounted and the more-traditional hand held makeup mirrors ranging from $20 to $150. - is no longer just a book seller. They have a smaller variety of mirrors than Overstock, but the prices are generally lower. The cheapest mirror on Amazon retails for under $10, while the most expensive is around $120. Most of these makeup mirrors are in the $30 range - making this a great starting point for your search. Lighted makeup mirrors, wall mounted makeup mirrors, and free standing mirrors can be found here.

eBay - is the most popular place in the world - both online and offline, for people to sell goods they no longer want. If you don't mind the thought of a previously owned makeup mirror, eBay is the place to go. The auction format means you could pay a very small percentage of the original cost of the mirror. It is also a great place to find unique makeup mirrors that are no longer in production.