When applying makeup, the type and brand of makeup you use isn’t the only thing you need to consider. Your mirror makes a big difference too! For the best application, it’s important to choose the right mirror. 

But how do you know what type of mirror is used for makeup? Read on to find out the different types of mirrors you can choose from and which one is best for your makeup routine.

Types of Mirrors

There are three main types of mirrors that each serve different purposes. 

  • Plane – Plane mirrors are the most common type of mirror – like the one on your bedroom wall or in a department store dressing room. A plane mirror is a flat piece of glass that reflects an image that is identical (or nearly identical) to the object in front of it.
  • Concave – Concave mirrors are a form of spherical mirror that curve inward, similar to a spoon. This curved mirror is used to focus light and has the effect of magnifying the object in front of it. Because of this magnification, it’s best to go with concave when putting on makeup in a mirror.
  • Convex – Another form of spherical mirror is a convex mirror. Unlike concave mirrors, convex mirrors bulge outward and cause objects to appear smaller rather than magnified. They’re typically used for safety purposes to show more than you would see using a plane mirror.

concave mirror for applying makeup

Why Concave Mirrors are Used for Makeup

Still not sure why or why not concave mirrors are suitable for makeup? It really comes down to magnification. Since concave mirrors focus light inward and magnify the object (aka your face), it allows you to better see your skin, eyes, and lips when applying makeup. Seeing your face more clearly and in more detail will help you to get a precise and even application. 

Additionally, concave mirrors allow you to focus on one particular area of your face as you apply makeup. You’re essentially able to zoom in to a section of your face to make sure you’re getting a perfect application. 

There’s nothing worse than applying your makeup using a plane mirror and then taking a closer look, only to find that your lip liner smudged or you didn’t blend as well as you thought. So when it comes to precise makeup application, concave mirrors are the way to go.

How to Use a Concave Mirror to Apply Makeup

Now that we know which mirror to choose, let’s chat about how to use a concave mirror for makeup. When looking at a concave mirror and you’re far away, you’ll actually see your reflection flipped upside down. Once you get close enough, your reflection will flip back over and you’ll see your magnified face. 

In order to properly use a concave mirror, it’s important that you are close enough to the mirror. That way, you’ll be able to see the part of your face that you’re focusing on more clearly. 

With a clear and magnified reflection using a concave mirror, you’ll be able to achieve incredible makeup looks with perfect application. Visit our Hollywood vanity mirrors page to view our available concave mirrors for sale online.