The best makeup mirrors with lights for beginners and professionals

The Best Makeup Mirrors with Lights for Beginners & Professionals

Are you looking for better lighting in your house or bathroom?

Are you a professional that relies on pictures for your living?

If so then you may benefit from a makeup mirror with lights – learn everything you need to know including which product you should purchase in this guide:


Why use a Mirror with Lights?

Lighting may be one of the most important aspects of illuminating the face, especially when it comes to the application of makeup. 

Have you ever had your pictures taken by a professional photographer?

Remember how intense they are about lighting, the time of day, light reflection and so on?

This is because THEY know the importance of proper lighting!

Lighting can help illuminate the skin, may be able to help hide imperfections and can alter the end result if you are taking pictures. 

Lighting is especially important if you are a professional (make-up artist, instagramer, youtube creator, professional photographer and so on). 

But even if you don’t fit those categories you can still benefit from proper lighting because it can help you take pictures and get a more even application of your makeup. 

Benefits of lighting include:

  • Illuminate all aspects of your face
  • Helps improve the quality of pictures (especially helpful for professionals but also helpful for selfies if that’s your thing!)
  • Helps you see imperfections such as acne or blemishes
  • Helps visualize hyperpigmentation or areas where coloring is “off”
  • Cut down on the time it takes you to get ready

Bad lighting may lead to: 

  • Discoloration of the skin and not visualizing imperfections in the skin or in your makeup
  • Low quality pictures
  • Unprofessional photo quality

So how do you solve the issue with poor lighting and picture taking?

Well you have a couple of options:

The first is to illuminate your mirror with lighting around the base. 

The second is to leave your mirror alone and purchase other products such as ring lights which you can use in addition to whatever lighting you have in place. 

One is not necessarily better than the other, but you should consider each based on your individual circumstances. 

The Best Makeup Mirrors with Lights & Where to get Them

The pricing for makeup mirrors with lights can vary from $20 up to $200. 

The cheaper products tend to have less options and don’t tend to have the best quality lights. 

The higher end products tend to come with a combination of both natural and white lighting which you can change with a click of the button (my personal favorite). 

Why would you want both colors?

Natural sun lighting may help you to know what your face will look like under “normal” conditions. 

White lighting on the other hand may be better if you want to take a selfie or want to film yourself. 

White light adds a more ethereal look which makes your pictures stand out and capture attention. 

If you don’t want the double option then you are probably fine going for a cheaper option, but if you want to do both then I recommend a product such as this: 

Option #1:

This option has natural lighting and a smart touch screen that you can change the color from natural to white light. 

It contains 12 LED bulbs which means that it should have NO problem adding a significant amount of light to your current vanity, bathroom or bedroom. 

It’s also quite large coming in at 19 inches by 14.5 inches which makes it great for viewing more than just your face and for taking pictures. 

makeup light with mirrors for beginners and professionalsSee more reviews for this Mirror + Light combo

Option #2:

This option is much cheaper than the first version but not quite as powerful or as big. 

It’s not ideal for professional use or if you want to do videos, but it works great if you are only interested in your own personal makeup. 

It comes equipped with mirrors that help magnify up to 10x (and also includes views with 3x and 2x magnification). 

It also has LED lighting and is very compact and is therefore portable!

Start with this option if you are only using your mirror for personal use: 

budget makeup mirror with lightsSee more reviews for this Mirror + Light combo

Both options work well and one is not necessarily “better” than the other – instead try to find something that works for your budget and for what you plan to use it for. 

What if you want to add mirrors to your existing set or what if you just want to make your room look good?

If you fall into this category then you can make your own vanity by purchasing and placing your own lights on an existing mirror.

This DIY project runs around $150 but will take a lot of time as well (so don’t forget to factor that in!). 

If you have plenty of time on your hands and want to spruce up your room then this may be the best option. 

It all comes down to taste!

You can learn more about the DIY project here which walks you through building your own lighted vanity step-by-step: 

Makeup Mirrors with Lights for Professionals (Microbladers, Makeup Artists and so on)

If you fall into the list of professsionals (see list below) then perhaps the best (and most affordable) option is to get a ring light. 

List of professionals who may benefit from ring light include: 

  • Medical aesthetician for before/after pictures
  • Cosmetologist
  • Makeup artist
  • Permanent tattoo artist
  • Microblading artist
  • Photographers (situational)
  • Youtubers or those who film and create content
  • Instagramers or those who take pictures of themselves for social media

The list of people who would benefit from using these types of list goes on and on, I’ve just included some of the most common professionals. 

If you create content, take pictures or if you rely on before/after pictures for marketing and for your living then you’ll need to invest in some sort of equipment to help produce high quality images. 

So why use a ring light?

Ring lights are ideal, especially for beginners, because they are cheap, easy to move around and very effective. 

Benefits of using a ring lighting include:

  • Full and even illumination of the entire face – You can tell if someone has a ring light because you can see that characteristic lighting in their eyes
  • Portability – Easy to move around the house! Which means you can take it to a clients home, move it to your own home, move it to a studio, etc. Mirrors with lighting are much less portable
  • Cost – Professional lighting equipment can be expensive but the ring light is the perfect starting tool as you build your business and your portfolio
  • Perfect for doing self videos, tutorials or selfies
  • Heigh can be adjusted to fit your needs – Height can be adjusted easily so that you can use it while sitting, standing or some combination of the two
  • Has the ability to hold your phone – If you use your phone as a video recording device or as your camera then the ring light comes with a built in holder which helps keep recording steady

ring light for professionalsSee more reviews about ring lights here

The cons?

While ring lights are great for beginners they may not include all of the essentials that some professionals need. 

The lighting may not contain the perfect balance of white and yellow to mimic natural sun light. 

This may change how warm or soft the lighting is, especially if you are a stickler for perfection. 

It may also turn the skin a slight orange-ish color with some make up and colors. 

This shouldn’t be a problem for 90% of people, but it’s worth knowing if you stick to very high end production. 

Final Thoughts

Once you add extra lighting to your mirror you will never go back. 

It’s one of those things that you don’t know how valuable it is until you have it!

If you only want it for makeup then you should be good to go using a basic mirror with lighting. 

If you are a professional needing to produce high quality videos or images such as before/after pictures then a ring light may be better for your situation. 

Now I want to hear from you:

What lighting have you used and what worked best?

Have you used any other tricks to help improve your lighting when doing makeup?

Leave your comments below! 

Kat Rich

Hi! I'm Kat and I write these posts. I'm obsessed with eyebrows, hair and anything related to fitness. Right now I do microblading, 3d brows and semi-permanent eyebrows in Mesa, Arizona as a certified microblading artist. I'm a licensed cosmetologist and have been for over 10 years as well. I love experimenting with new products and love to share my experiences. Have questions? Leave them below!

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