Anyone who's ever done their makeup in a poorly lit room knows the horror of heading out in public, only to realize that things weren't as blended as they thought. Applying your products near a large window during the day is ideal. But not everyone has the luxury of a window-side vanity, and even if you do, you'll still need a solution when the sun's not up.
Suffice it to say, you'll always be glad to have a lighted mirror. "I love them, especially in a room or area with dim overhead lighting," says makeup artist Steve Kassajikian, who recommends options with daylight-mimicking LEDs. And beyond adequate illumination, it can help to have your reflection a bit closer, without leaning over the sink in your bathroom.
The modern beauty market offers an impressive range of lighted makeup mirrors, including travel-friendly options and high-tech vanities with built-in Bluetooth. To help you pick, we put several models to the test and narrowed them down to our favorites. We also tapped experts in the field, including MUA Tarryn Feldman.
Riki Loves Riki Skinny Smart Portable LED Vanity Mirror
After trying out several options in our testing facility, the Riki Skinny was a clear winner. Our tester loved how the high-def daylight-mimicking LEDs are adjustable and can go brighter, dimmer, warmer, or cooler. And even on the brightest setting, it didn't overwhelm her sensitive eyes.
We also like that the surrounding bulbs illuminate your entire face, even in an otherwise dark room. Thanks to the magnifying mirror attachment, our tester was able to get a close, clear view while blending makeup and plucking her eyebrows. Other notable features include an adjustable stand, a magnetic phone holder, Bluetooth connectivity, and a camera button for recording videos or taking selfies.
"I'm able to see my pores very clearly and get a close-up with the magnifying mirror option," one tester noted. "This would especially be useful when working on your eyes to blend in eyeshadow or tweezing your brows."
The Riki Skinny runs on a rechargeable battery, so you can place it virtually anywhere. It also feels durable and unlikely to break. However, it's not the smallest or lightest option, and it doesn't come with a carrying case, so it wouldn't be our first choice for traveling. While we wish the price was more accessible, this lighted vanity mirror was an all-around hit.
Price at time of publish: $205
Dimensions: 13 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches | Shape: Rectangular | Magnification: 10X | Features: Phone holder, removable magnifying mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, battery indicator, adjustable stand
Flymiro Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
Multiple angles and magnification
Can't adjust brightness
Looking for something more affordable? The Flymiro Tri-Fold Mirror is a solid choice. Though you can't adjust the brightness, our tester was impressed by how bright the LEDs get, and she said she'd have no issues doing her makeup with it in a dark room. She liked that the fold-out panels and rotating hinges provide a multi-angle view of your face, plus up to 3X magnification.
At just over 11 inches tall, it's the perfect size for a countertop or desk and doesn't wobble when placed on a flat surface. There are six colors to choose from, and our tester said the sleek design is pretty enough to leave out.
Price at time of publish: $40
Dimensions: 11 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches | Shape: Fold-out rectangular | Magnification: Up to 3X | Features: 180-degree rotation
Best for Travel
Fancii LED Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror
Compact and lightweight
Smooth, sleek exterior
Could be brighter
If you need something for on-the-go use, we recommend the Fancii Travel Mirror. Available in black, rose gold, or white, this lighted compact runs on four CR2 batteries (included) and has a smooth, sturdy exterior. "The quality of the body feels very sturdy and protects the mirror inside well, so I wasn't worried about dropping it," one tester said.
There are two mirrors inside, one with 10X magnification and the other with an illuminated border. While it's not as bright as others we tried, and you can't adjust the warmth, it's sufficient for makeup application and touch-ups. At five inches in diameter, it's definitely on the smaller side, but we love that the clamshell fits easily in your purse, bag, or suitcase and weighs less than half a pound.
Price at time of publish: $25
Dimensions: 5 inches | Shape: Round | Magnification: 10X | Features: Daylight-mimicking bulbs
Best with Bluetooth
iHome Hollywood Pro Vanity Stereo Speaker Detail Mirror
Adjustable brightness and warmth
Durable and wobble-free
Speaker with voice controls
Makeup and hair artist Tarryn Feldman is a fan of the iHome Hollywood Pro, and we can see why. Our tester said the vanity mirror provides excellent makeup lighting and loved that you can adjust the brightness and warmth of the LEDs. The large size makes it easy to see your entire face, and the magnifying mirror attachment provides a detailed close-up when you need it.
This Bluetooth-enabled mirror has a built-in speaker with voice controls, so you can play music or listen to a podcast while getting your glam on. The price is undoubtedly steep, but the Hollywood Pro feels durable and doesn't wobble at all on flat surfaces. Although the size is nice for at-home use, it weighs nearly five pounds, so it's probably too bulky for travel, according to our tester.
Price at time of publish: $250
Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 12 inches | Shape: Rectangular | Magnification: 10X | Features: Bluetooth connectivity, speaker, voice controls
HiMirror Mini Premium
Durable and wobble-free
Adjustable brightness and warmth
Slightly confusing instructions
Reminiscent of a 1920s TV set with the smarts of Cher Horowitz's closet, there's much to admire about the HiMirror Mini. Though the instructions were a little confusing, our tester said that there are tons of high-tech features, including a wireless phone-charging pad, a skin analyzer, intelligent recommendations, and a product-management system that helps you take inventory of your cosmetics.
Though some of the features are slightly gimmicky, and the robot voice can be annoying, the mirror itself offers a high-quality, distortion-free reflection. Our tester said that it provides great makeup lighting without being too harsh, and she appreciated that you can adjust the brightness and warmth. You can also see how your makeup will look in different real-life settings, like a restaurant or a brightly lit office. The HiMirror is one of the most expensive options we tried, but it seems well made and exceptionally durable.
Dimensions: 13.5 x 9 x 6.5 inches | Shape: Rounded rectangular | Magnification: Up to 3X | Features: Smart skin analyzer, wireless charger, product management system, adjustable orientation
Impressions ChargeUp LED Compact Mirror & USB Power Bank
Lightweight yet sturdy
Can't adjust brightness
With a built-in rechargeable battery and dual mirrors inside, the Impressions ChargeUp is perfect for touch-ups and on-the-go glam. At just 3.5 inches in diameter, this compact is, well, compact. But don't let the small size deter you—our tester said the lightweight design feels sturdy, and the interior light is surprisingly strong.
We wish the brightness and warmth were adjustable. Still, the LEDs offer neutral lighting with minimal shadows, and they're plenty bright for makeup application. Our tester appreciated the ChargeUp's sturdy design, explaining that it's lightweight but not at all flimsy. You can charge it with your phone or computer using the included USB cable, and the battery indicator light tells you how much power you have left.
Price at time of publish: $39
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 inches | Shape: Round | Magnification: 5X | Features: Battery indicator
Fancii LED Vanity Makeup Mirror with Cosmetic Organizer
Can't adjust warmth
Base comes loose while swiveling
Our tester said that this makeup mirror lit up her face nicely without any shadows. She liked that the daylight-mimicking LED bulbs can be brightened or dimmed, though there's no option to adjust the warmth. The Fancii Lighted Vanity has a built-in makeup caddy, so you can keep your products and brushes within reach. "I love that it comes with an organizer for makeup/tools," one tester said. "It feels like an all-in-one product."
It also has an adjustable stand with 360-rotation. The base popped out when we swiveled it, but it didn't seem to cause any damage, and it went back in without a fuss. Measuring 15 x 7.5 inches and weighing less than three pounds, our tester said that this mirror is generously sized but not too bulky. Considering the very reasonable price point and all-in-one design, you really can't go wrong.
Price at time of publish: $40
Dimensions: 15 x 7.5 x 4.5 inches | Shape: Rectangular | Magnification: 10X | Features: Makeup caddy, daylight-mimicking bulbs, 360-degree rotation, slide-out magnifying mirror
The Riki Skinny was the best option we tried overall. Powered by a rechargeable battery, this portable vanity mirror boasts a feature-rich design with magnetic attachments, Bluetooth connectivity, and daylight-mimicking LED bulbs. On a budget? The Flymiro Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity won't break the bank and gets the job done with bright LEDs and multiple levels of magnification.
How We Tested
After researching the best lighted makeup mirrors on the market, our beauty editors selected 11 options of various sizes and price points to try out in The Lab, our in-house testing facility in Manhattan. Each device was carefully evaluated for its brightness, adjustable light settings, setup requirements, power source, user-friendliness, and features. The mirrors were given a score from 1 to 5 for portability, durability, illumination, and overall value. Those with the highest scores were ultimately selected for this roundup.
Other Options We Tested
Conair Reflections Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror
Our tester said that this lighted mirror isn't very bright, so you have to get super-close to see what you're doing in a dimly lit room. While the LEDs offer a flattering glow, they might be too warm in that they don't accurately mimic daylight. Unfortunately, you can't adjust the brightness or the warmth. Beyond that, we found the reflection a little too narrow, and the whole device was slightly wobbly on a flat surface.
Weily Vanity Makeup Mirror
This mirror is reasonably priced, and the quality is decent, but it only has one light setting. While you can definitely see your face in clear detail, we found the fluorescent illumination to be a bit too harsh, especially for those with sensitive eyes. And while the lightweight design makes it more travel-friendly, this portable vanity feels a little flimsy overall.
iHome Portable Lighted Vanity Mirror With Bluetooth
Feldman is a fan of iHome's portable model, noting that it's reasonably priced and compact enough for travel, and that it has Bluetooth capabilities. Our tester said that it provides decent makeup lighting but isn't the brightest and doesn't have as many settings as others we tried. And although we liked the lightweight design and long-lasting rechargeable battery, the fold-out stand feels a bit flimsy.
Meet the Expert
- Steve Kassajikian is Urban Decay’s Global Makeup Artist.
- Tarryn Feldman is a hair and makeup artist who works in both Nashville and Los Angeles. Her celebrity clients include Kelsea Ballerini and Jennifer Nettles.
What to Look for in a Lighted Makeup Mirror
Mimics Natural Light
To get as precise an application as possible, look for lighted mirrors that mimic natural light. Anything too bright or too dark won’t give you a proper portrayal of what your makeup looks like out in the wild. There's a bonus if you find a model with adjustable light. That way, you can more accurately imitate the outdoor light, whether sunny or cloudy.
Rechargeable via USB
Could anything be worse than the batteries of your lighted mirror dying on your mid-makeup application—especially when you’re not stocked up on AAs? To avoid this scenario, we suggest looking for options that are rechargeable via USB and can be used while plugged in. They’ll allow the same versatility and mobility as battery-powered options, but you won’t be stuck applying your makeup in the dark, should you forget to charge beforehand.
Not looking to display something clunky on your vanity? Fortunately, there are plenty of lighted mirrors out there that are much sleeker in design. For example, if you need angled side panels for precise winged eyeliner and false lash application, look for models that feature foldable panels to take up less space.
Do lighted makeup mirrors work well?
Contemplating whether or not to purchase a lighted makeup mirror? According to Urban Decay’s Global Makeup Artist Steve Kassajikian, they’re worth it and make putting on makeup much less of a hassle. “I love them, especially in a room or area with dim or overhead lighting,” he says. “They help a lot with makeup application.”
Are LED lights the best for a makeup mirror?
When it comes to lighting type, Kassajikian says that models with LED lights are the way to go. “LED lights will give you a more natural reflection without washing you out,” he says. The warm white light they emit is pretty much the closest you can get to the sun’s natural rays, which we all know is key for an amazing look.
Are lighted makeup mirrors worth it?
If you wear makeup most days and often apply it at night or in a space where there isn't much natural lighting, a lighted makeup mirror is definitely a worthwhile investment. Most models use energy-efficient LED bulbs, which can help cut down on your power bill if they plug into a wall. The bulbs also provide more natural-looking illumination than their incandescent counterparts, meaning they mimic outdoor lighting best, which helps you see what you're doing when applying your glam.
What lighting does makeup look best in?
Generally speaking, white light makes makeup look the best. It's also ideal for applying products, as it provides a better view of what you're doing while mimicking natural lighting from outside. For makeup application, look for LED bulbs with a rating of roughly 4,800K to 6,000K, which will be neither too warm nor too cool. (K stands for kelvin, and it measures light color temperature.)
What magnification is best for a makeup mirror?
If you want to see what you're doing in greater detail when applying makeup, 5X (five times) magnification is a good place to start. This will enhance your view and allow you to see areas that may need more blending or another layer of product. On the other hand, 10X is typically too much, as it can make you feel alarmed by pores and teeny-tiny imperfections you wouldn't otherwise be able to see.
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Theresa Holland is a freelance commerce writer and product reviewer specializing in lifestyle and cosmetics. For this story, she compiled commentary from two makeup artists and insights from our in-house testers. A die-hard for adequate makeup lighting, she knows what to look for when buying an LED mirror. Theresa has been a regular Byrdie contributor since 2020, covering makeup, beauty tools, skincare, hair products, and high-tech gadgets. You can read more of her work on The Spruce, People, MyDomaine, and Travel + Leisure.