The beauty industry is investing heavily right now in make-up assistance technology – earlier this year, for example, L’Oréal bought Canadian tech firm ModiFace, an augmented-reality developer. And if you’ve ever left home pleased with your flawless foundation finish and precision liner application, then discovered it’s more glare than glam in an unforgiving bathroom mirror, then a state-of-the-art daylight-simulating mirror is the newest and most reliable solution.
Most domestic lighting – as well as that in hotel suites, boardrooms and shops – doesn’t generally allow you to see the true shades of either your complexion or cosmetics, making a seamless match difficult. By contrast, daylight-simulating mirrors work by employing bulbs around the rim that mimic sunlight – light sources are measured in Kelvin for temperature (a warm or cool light) and according to a Colour Rendering Index. One of the best you’ll find, Simplehuman’s Sensor Mirror Trio (£279.99), uses surgical-grade LEDs with the impressive equivalent of up to 5,800 Kelvin (stand outside on a clear day and you’ll experience an average of 5,500 Kelvin) and 95 out of a possible 100 CRI.
Even if you might baulk at viewing your face magnified to five times its normal size – at that level no open pore stays undetected – the flipside is true when it comes to detail work, such as applying eyeliner. And with simulated daylight (the mirror senses your face approaching and automatically lights up, ready for you), every make-up shade is completely colour-correct, making for better blending and fewer bathroom surprises.
These cordless, rechargeable mirrors – there’s also a portable variant (£89.99) for travel – are rather addictive, and once you’ve seen the light, so to speak, there’s no unseeing the difference.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, her website britishbeautyblogger.com provides (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She also works with beauty brands as a creative consultant. @britbeautyblog.