What You Need to Know When Looking for a Magnification Mirror

Want to see yourself up close? Then the ideal choice to help with this is a magnifying mirror. They come in many styles, shapes and power levels, so it should be easy to find the one that will appeal to your grooming routine.

How Close Is To Close?

Magnification strength is the most important feature on a magnifying mirror, but there is such a thing as too much. The power in which the seen image is amplified comes in many strengths, but the ideal for routine and daily care is 7 – 10x. Keep in mind that if you have vision problems, that you may need a bit more amplification. Always try out mirrors with your glasses or contact lenses off in order to know whether or not it is going to work for you for the long term.

Magnification Mirrors

  • 1 or 2x: These strengths are the weakest of magnifications and barely increase image size. useful if on a small handheld mirror such as a compact where you can hold it up close. Not recommended for most tasks.
  • 5x: The most common strength, used in shaving mirrors and some makeup mirrors. A classic go to, useful for most tasks you need a magnifying mirror for and available everywhere that sells mirrors.
  • 7-8x: Deep magnification, perfect for eye makeup or plucking stray hairs. Can be blurry if on a small mirror but is recommended if you need more amplification than a 5x or have poor vision.
  • 10x and stronger: The strongest of mirrors, these are uncommon due to how intensely they magnify. Useful if you have poor eyesight or you want to use it from arms length.

Other Options

Besides magnification there are many other options for magnifying mirrors. Consider your own personal grooming habits before you make your selection.

  • Lights: Whether they’re fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs, lights are always a smart choice when you need to see yourself up close.
  • Poseable: When you are trying to see yourself up close, being able to point your mirror exactly where you need it is vital. That’ s why many mirrors come come with stands that twist and pivot to aim the face of the mirror.
  • Double Sided: While you are looking for a magnifying mirror it might be handy to be able to go back and forth between zoomed in and regular reflections of yourself when you need to. Because of that one options available is a reversible mirror, one that has magnification on one side and a regular mirror on the other.

With this information in mind I’m sure you’ll be able to find the right magnifying mirror for your needs.

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