The Best Makeup Mirrors
Real Simple asked three top New York City makeup artists to test mirrors for sharpness, stability, and style. These six were the clear winners.
Best Freestanding Mirror
Winner: Danielle 7x by Boyd’s, $70Its textured knobs allow you to “easily flip the mirror (shown) without smudging the glass,” notes makeup artist Adrienne Lytton. She also likes the small base, which “takes up minimal space on a vanity.”
To buy: boydsnyc.com.
Runner-Up: Chatham 3x Mirror by Restoration Hardware, $119This pricey mirror’s magnification is just enough to “find those tiny hairs to pluck without making you dizzy,” says Lytton.
To buy: restorationhardware.com.
Best Wall-Mounted Mirror
Winner: Wall-Mount 8x/1x Magnifying Mirror, $40Makeup artist Anthea King loves that this mirror (shown) has a power-ful 8x magnification. Plus, it swivels with ease, so it gets “just the right angle.” The arm extends to 14 inches.
To buy: bedbathandbeyond.com.
Runner-Up: 7x Wall-Mount Extension Mirror by Jerdon, $40“It stays put” when fully extended, says King. But at 20 inches long, it’s best for large bathrooms.
To buy: smallelectrics.com.
Best Handheld Mirror
Winner: Compact Dual Lighted 1x/3x by The Sharper Image, $20Equipped with tweezers, this compact (shown) is rubberized to prevent breakage and tiny enough to “fit perfectly in a bag or a purse,” says makeup artist Daniel Martin .
To buy: sharperimage.com.
Runner-Up: Lighted 5x/1x Handheld by Brookstone, $30Martin praises how this mirror, though a bit heavy, illuminates the face with a super-bright LED light.
To buy: brookstone.com.