Finding The Perfect Makeup Vanity

Having a place to do hair and put on makeup is important to MOST women. And we don’t only want this area to be pretty and feminine – we want it to be functional and practical too. I’ve lived in nine homes, and finding the perfect space and creating the perfect vanity has not always been easy. I like to keep everything concealed, and it’s hard to do this with a makeup table.

With all this in mind, there are three things that I believe are the most important when designing your makeup table/vanity area: lighting, comfort and storage.

 

 

 

 

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LIGHTING

Lighting is so important when applying your makeup. YES, you can buy one of those plastic makeup mirrors with all the different settings (I have one and hide it away in all those pretty pictures you see of my vanity), but the proper lighting would be with a tabletop mirror like this one from Vanity Girl, which comes in silver and white too. I will tell you from personal research that it is impossible to find a good looking, large and well-lit vanity mirror. If you know of one, PLEASE comment below with a link.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a window, and if you have enough space, position your vanity in front of the window so you have the natural light shining toward your face. You may need a lit mirror for evening, or if you have enough room, try to use two table lamps on either side of you. The other option is to put your table on the wall opposite a window, but hang a large mirror over your table so that it reflects the light from the window.

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If you’re designing your own vanity table in your bathroom, then we’re all jealous! While doing that, I suggest that you have down lighting and LED lights installed to the side of the vanity area. (Make sure the down lighting is pointed at a wall to bounce light and is not directly overhead.) Also, I would go full mirror behind the table, as well as a smaller one to pull closer to your face for tweezing, etc.

COMFORT

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Make sure your seat is comfortable, supportive and stain resistant! I tend to use a lucite chair because they wipe down more easily, and while they aren’t the most comfortable chairs, they’re good enough and my priority is having less clean-up. If you’re using an upholstered vanity stool, stick to one with a slip cover or with a durable fabric that wipes down. (Think faux leather vinyls.) Also, make sure your legs will fit comfortably under your vanity, so you can get in close to the mirror. I don’t suggest a chair with arms.

STORAGE

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Those desks with the one center drawer are not going to cut it if you’re like me and have a gazillion products. Instead, opt for a small desk that allows you to put a chest of drawers on the side, an open desk where you can put baskets, or if you’re custom designing your bathroom, design a piece with lots of storage that is closed in with cabinet doors. Dual use is really important for small spaces, so use your vanity as a bedside table and desk – just hide away items you use on it in roller storage under the bed. Adding organizers on top of a table is fine, but try to keep it as minimal as possible. There are lots of designed vanities with tons of great storage. Look out for Bonnie’s post in a few weeks on organizing your makeup/hair area.

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And just because I thought this was clever, try a wall-mounted laptop desk if you’re tight on space, because then you can just close all the clutter away when you’re done using it!

 

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