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A worthwhile addition to any bathroom or vanity.
Ask any pro makeup artist and they’ll tell you that yes, the products you use and the way you apply them matter—but the lighting under which you apply them is also a huge factor. Obviously everyone looks better in good lighting, but when it comes to makeup application in particular, it can make all the difference between a finished result that looks smooth and natural and one that’s streaky and uneven. And here’s the great news: Even if completely overhauling your entire bathroom lighting plan isn’t an option (which we’re assuming for most people it’s not), there’s a wide array of makeup lights on the market that you can easily add to your set-up for truly game-changing effects. Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 best makeup lights and see for yourself.
Best Ring Light: Pottery Barn Watson iLED Ring Light Table Lamp
We love that this table top ring light takes up minimal space—and that it looks super sophisticated. Much less cumbersome and bulky than a free-standing option, it still delivers plenty of flattering light, and has a telescope stand so that you can easily adjust the height. Bonus points for the built-in phone holder, too.
Best Splurge: Riki Loves Riki Riky Classy
If you’re looking to invest in a seriously good lighting (and mirror) situation that you’ll use for years to come, this is it. It’s a wall-mount mirror that easily attaches to—and can be removed and moved around—via magnetic attachments. From a lighting perspective, it’s surrounded by plenty of lights that can be adjusted in color temperature from 2,700K to 5,600K, creating a ton of different lighting options and brightness levels, all of which can be controlled via a convenient remote.
Best Compact: Fancii LED Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror
Pick this up to keep on-hand for travel or just to stash in your purse. The small size is perfect for using when you’re on-the-go, especially given that the compact boasts mirrors with two different levels of magnification as well as daylight LED lighting. If you love doing your makeup in the back of the car, this is the pick for you.
Best with Benefits: iHome Mirror
There’s really not much this tiny-but-mighty accessory can’t do. The mirror has built-in 10x magnification and is flaked with LED lights that have both high and low settings to help deliver natural-looking light in any situation. It also has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can play music, take calls, use Siri, you name it.
Best Bargain: Funteam LED Vanity Lights
These stick-on bulbs are perfect for anyone looking for a budget-friendly, low-commitment option. You get a pack of 10 LED bulbs that can easily be attached to any mirror with double-sided adhesive, and the lighting can be adjusted to offer cool, warm, or natural light. Also nice: They can be charged with your phone charger.
Best for your Phone: Conair Selfie Ring Light
Love doing your makeup by looking at the camera on your phone? Pick up this tiny-but-mighty clip on light. Despite its small size (it measures only about four inches by four inches), it still delivers a ton of light. Namely, 60 LED lights that can be adjusted in cool, warm, and combination settings. It’s also battery-powered and lasts for up to 2.5 hours.
Best Portable: Leopara GLOW Portable Makeup Lights
These four LED panels can be easily mounted to any mirror in any configuration or combination you want. There are no cords or bulky equipment needed, and they’re easy to take on and off so that you can have the ideal lighting situation anytime, anywhere. Not to mention that they deliver 5000K of bright light.
Best TriFold: Flymiro Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
See your face at every different angle, all with perfect lighting. The three-panel design makes it easy to do so (as do three different magnification levels) coupled with 21 LED lights. Best of all, it folds up nice and compactly so as to not take up too much space once you’re done.
Best Full Mirror Lighting: Ebern Designs Keuna Rectangle LED Metal Mirror
Channel your inner Hollywood glam with this full-on, lit vanity mirror. It works either on a tabletop or wall-mounted, has three light settings (cool, warm, and daylight) as well as adjustable brightness levels. And as an added benefit, there’s even a USB port so you can charge your phone while you get glam.
Best Floor Standing: Lume Cube Flex Light Pro
For those in the market for a full-on, professional level floor-standing lighting situation, these LED panels are it. They each rotate 270 degrees, allowing you to cast and create the perfect lighting without any unwanted shadows. The 256 LEDs can be adjusted from 3000K to 6200K in color temperature, and also boast an adjustable brightness varying from 5% to 100%.
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