Makeup Mirror Guide: What to Know for the Best View

Cody Gold Oval Bathroom Vanity Wall Mirror 24x36 Inch
Cody Gold Oval Bathroom Vanity Wall Mirror 24x36 Inch

Finding the perfect makeup mirror can be a bit of a quest. Every mirror is different and every face more so, making the right choice a very personal one indeed.

Even worse, finding the best spot for your makeup mirror can be a pain as well. Sure, it’s nice to have your bathroom mirror pull double duty, but where’s the sense of occasion or glamor? Sometimes, feeling special with your makeup isn’t just a case of putting it on and hoping for the best. There’s an art to putting your best makeup on and art needs the right context to fully flourish after all. 

That’s where a designer mirror comes in. In this guide, we’re going to put you through the paces on the best spots and the best mirrors to use when making a decision to embrace a dedicated makeup mirror!

Finding the Right Mirror

The true secret to creating the ultimate makeup station is to find the right mirror for the job. It sounds simple, but there are some interesting caveats. Not all mirrors reflect equally and other details like shape and style can impact your process significantly. 

Mirrors, like artwork, come in a whole variety of shapes and sizes, with each one having its own personality that best suits it for the task, as well as the room it’s in. 

In the case of makeup mirrors, circular mirrors and oval mirrors work best. Each shape brings plenty of space when viewed head-on for makeup application while also being able to take up less real estate than sharper designs. 


Axel Gold Oval Wall Mirror 35 Inch

Axel Gold Oval Wall Mirror 35 Inch

Something that seems kind of obvious but rarely seems to get addressed is the idea of what a mirror actually reflects. Yes - your face is an obvious answer, but there’s also an entire rest of the room that’s about to be revealed as well. More importantly, this reflection is going to be what frames your face when applying makeup.

That last bit is pretty important, wall textures, colors, and additional light sources are going to be hugely important as these will dictate the choices you make when applying your makeup in the first place. Having objects or colors that could impact those decisions could make or break the final look you’re going after. 

Ideally, you want a nice neutral backdrop so that the colors you see on your own face aren’t perceived differently from what they are. 

High or Low

Zeke Gold Round Wall Mirror With Shelf

Zeke Gold Round Wall Mirror With Shelf

Height is your final consideration when purchasing your ideal mirror. It’s common to see a lot of makeup stations where the mirror is placed low enough to have a seat while getting to work, after all, makeup sometimes takes a lot of time, so it helps to not have to worry about maintaining your posture in the process. 

Similarly, you want a space when you can get up close and personal with the mirror as well. Make-up is a detail-orientated task, with the finer points becoming exponentially more difficult if you have to view yourself from even a small distance. 

If you would like some more help choosing the perfect mirror for your home, don't be afraid to give our team at West Mirrors a call. Our friendly group of experts would be more than happy to provide some advice and recommendations!