How to Pick a Makeup Mirror that’ll Take Your Beauty Routine to the Next Level

From bright lights to super-magnification, the right mirror makes all the difference.

Young man in dressing room applying make-up - drag queen
Winged eyeliner just got a whole lot easier.Getty Images

If you’ve never had a tabletop vanity mirror before, we’ll let you in on a secret: They really are worth the counter space (and few extra bucks). Using a lighted mirror translates to sleeker brows, cleaner skin, better blending and amazing selfies.

BESTOPE Makeup Vanity Mirror with Lights

BESTOPE Makeup Vanity Mirror with Lights
Pretty in pink; runs on four AAA batteries.Amazon

Let’s face it: Lighted vanity mirrors used to look pretty clunky. But sleeker, more stylish options are finally out there. Ones you can actually put on your nightstand, a bookshelf, or—if you have the counter space—in your bathroom with pride. We like this one’s metallic rose gold finish and tablet-like shape.

Hollywood Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror with Bright LED Lights

Hollywood Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror with Bright LED Lights
Perfect size for a desk or dresser.Amazon

A full-size, lighted vanity mirror is an influencer’s or performer’s dream. If you have the space for it, there are versions out there now that don’t need to be mounted on the wall and can fit on top of a even a small desk or dresser. We like this one because of its old-Hollywood style and lighting features. You can switch the light between cool white, soft daylight, natural light, or a warm glow and it has a dimmer, too.

Large Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

Large Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
This mirror features a small tray at the base to hold your make-up tools while applying.Amazon

Anyone with a hefty glasses prescription knows that it can be tough to put your makeup on in a vertical mirror. Us myopic beauties need a tabletop mirror that can tilt and swivel so we can get up close and personal with it. Even girls with 20/20 vision could benefit from a mirror with good flexibility—it helps when applying lashes and detailed eyeliner looks.