The 14 best lighted makeup mirrors, according to beauty experts

The 14 best lighted makeup mirrors, according to beauty experts

This article was first published in CNN Underscored on Jun. 22, 2023

You’ve stocked up on the best concealer and watched all the contouring videos on your For You page. But even the best makeup skills are all for naught if you don’t have the right lighting. The key to getting it right every time, according to the experts, is a great vanity that helps you see every detail — and the best lit makeup mirrors are adjustable, slim and sometimes even portable.

We spoke with content creators like Raeann Langas, an NYC transplant who’s often on the go; makeup artists like Ashleigh Ciucci; and beauty editors, dermatologists and brow experts to get their take on the best light-up mirrors on the market. A few things they recommend you look for: dimmable lights with temperature options, adjustable mounting so you don’t crane your neck and the option to magnify for things like brow-shaping or precise winged eyeliner application. Some of them even have built-in Bluetooth or places to hold your phone for optimal content creation.

Ahead, 14 at-home light-up vanity options — from lowest to highest price — for the most natural makeup application every single day.

Étoile Collective Hollywood Slimline Vanity Mirror Tall

If you’ve spent any time on makeup-Tok, you may have seen this @etoilecollective mirror floating around in the bathrooms of some creators. The popular mirror has the classic look with vanity bulbs and can be mounted on the wall or placed on its stand.