Unless you’re magically endowed with superpowers, most of us require the help of a good old mirror when we apply our makeup. Whether it be a perfectly-matched foundation and concealer base or a dramatic cat-eye creation, mirrors are basically an essential part of any look—at least if you’re looking to avoid leaving the house looking like a full-on clown, that is. But if you want to take your craft to the next level, a magnifying mirror to give you a super close-up view of your product application process is a must. Sure, sometimes we’re not really in the mood to see our blemishes, enlarged pores, and fine lines in such close-up detail, but other times we rely on these things to get our look precise and error-proof.

While finding good (and accurate) lighting to apply your complexion products, including foundation, concealer, powder, blush, and bronzer is absolutely key when it comes to a solid makeup look that won’t leave you shocked when you step outside your front door, getting magnified view to assess your success (or correct a lack thereof) is an extra step that’s definitely worth taking. Scroll through below to check out our favorite magnifying makeup mirrors.

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