Morning routines set us up for the day. We put on our best clothes, do our hair and put on makeup to face the day with confidence. Whether you’re getting ready for work or a night out on the town, a pretty makeup vanity can help boost your confidence level just one tick higher.
1. The Right Vanity
Having a pretty vanity starts with the vanity itself. If you have the budget, opt for something practical and spacious.
Lots of ladies use small side tables and makeshift desks as vanities, but most of the time, they don’t have the space you need to put on your makeup comfortably.
Make sure the vanity you choose is spacious and has an easy-to-clean top surface. Glass is a great option, although not a favorite choice. Avoid wood vanities unless you have something to protect the surface.
Ideally, you want a vanity that you can slide a chair or bench under. This makes it more comfortable to work and to see your makeup clearly.
Don’t skimp on the vanity if you’re a serious makeup addict.
2. Makeup Mirror
A good makeup mirror is just as important as the vanity. You need to be able to see your face – all of it.
There are plenty of makeup mirrors to choose from, but you need to find one that works well for your space and your makeup style.
The classic option is to hang a large rectangular mirror on the wall above the vanity. You can take it up a notch by choosing a mirror that has lights attached, like the old Hollywood glamour style mirrors.
Choose a mirror that matches your decor or the theme of your vanity. I prefer ones with big, fancy frames that really make my space look elegant. I start off each morning feeling like a princess, and it helps me put my best foot forward.
If you don’t have the space or the budget for that type of mirror, you can opt for a tabletop mirror or a makeup mirror with different light settings.
Makeup mirrors that have different light settings are great because you don’t have to worry about changing the lighting situation in your room. The mirror already has the right type of lighting in the right position.
3. Comfortable Seating
A comfortable seat will make it even more fun and easier to put on your makeup. If you’re forced to sit on an uncomfortable chair, you’ll be fidgeting every few minutes and will find it hard to stay focused on doing your makeup.
There are so many seating options to choose from, but most people (myself included) prefer a good, comfortable stool or bench. The reason benches and stools usually work best is because they force you to sit up straight when you’re doing your makeup.
You can use a regular chair, but stools and benches look so much prettier underneath vanities.
Speaking of pretty – make sure that you choose a chair with a pretty pattern that blends nicely with your space.
4. The Right Lighting
Lighting is everything when you’re putting on your makeup. Have you ever noticed that your makeup looks one way in the bathroom and completely different once you step outside? That’s because the lighting is completely different.
Natural lighting is best for makeup application, so if you have a room that gets plenty of bright light, you may not need to worry much about artificial lighting.
Make sure that the light fixtures near your vanity are directing light at your face – not from below or above. And choose a light bulb with a CRI of 90 or higher. You want the light to be as close to daylight as possible.
5. Practical Storage
Even if your vanity has drawers, you still want your makeup neatly organized. Make sure that you have a nice and practical way to store your cosmetics.
I have a few makeup organizers on my vanity, and they keep all of my essential items and brushes right within easy reach.
A good organizer will have drawers and slots to store all of your items in a nice, neat way.
If you have drawers, you can find drawer organizers that will keep your items separated and neatly in place.
The last thing you want is to have a pile of makeup on top of your vanity. Keeping everything organized and tidy will not only give you plenty of space to work, but it will make your space feel less cluttered.
6. A Little Personality
Give your space a little personality and a personal touch by hanging pictures and art that you love. Looking at and being reminded of things that make you smile will help you start off the day on a positive note.
While it’s great to surround your vanity with things that you love and make you smile, it’s important not to clutter your space – which can make you feel overwhelmed.
7. A Pretty Touch
Give your vanity space a pretty touch by adding flowers and candles. Fresh flowers or the scent of your favorite candle can put you in the right mindset or a happier mood. Both will only heighten the experience.
If you have the space, you can place a pretty jewelry mannequin on your vanity that displays beautiful necklaces.
I also like to keep a few perfume bottles on the vanity, especially ones with pretty bottles. They give the space a nice elegant look.
No matter whether your vanity is big or small, elaborate or simple, these essential items will help make your space just a little prettier. From comfortable seating to storage, pretty items and the right makeup mirror, the right setting will help you start off your day with all of the confidence in the world.
But no matter how you set up your vanity, make sure that your space is neatly organized. Clutter will make you feel anxious and not prepared to face the day. Organizers and drawers can help you reach that goal of a clean, pretty space.