A makeup vanity is the perfect place to store and apply all your cosmetics.
What is a Makeup Vanity?
A makeup vanity is a piece of furniture designed to provide a place for applying makeup, and performing other personal care. An ideal place to keep many of your personal toiletries, including:
- Hair Brushes
- Hand Mirrors
- Talcum Powder Bowls
- Nail Polish and Manicure Sets
- Barrettes, Clips, Bands
- Blow Dryer
- Curling/Flat Iron
- Hot Rollers
- Hair Sprays/Styling Products
Vanities come in many styles from contemporary to country french and everything in between. Some of the simplest pieces are constructed from wrought iron and mainly consist of a table, mirror and stool.Other vanities are more like full pieces of furniture, complete with drawer space in addition to the traditional features. A few of these deluxe versions even come with their own sink built into the tabletop, which can be hooked up to your plumbing.
Makeup Vanity Features
The most useful vanities are the ones that offer the greatest convenience, and will have one or more of these "must have" features.
Every makeup vanity should have a spacious mirror to aid you as you put on your cosmetics and style your hair. A nice sized mirror also allows you a better look at your wardrobe, so you can see the whole "package" before you head out of the door.
Good lighting is essential for applying your cosmetics, or you may wind up looking a bit clownish in natural light. Although you can choose to use a lighted makeup mirror, you'll have to sacrifice some of your tabletop space to do so. Far better to purchase a vanity with built in lighting around the mirror for the best illumination, leaving precious table space for your other items.
The best vanities provide plenty of room for storage. If you can, choose a style that comes with plenty of drawer space so you can sort and organize all of your personal care items. This will leave more open work space on the vanity surface, and you'll find you won't accidentally knock over bottles and appliances.
Vanity models that don't come with drawers can be easily organized by adding cosmetics trays and baskets to hold items more securely.
Comfort is very important to a vanity set up. After all, you'll be spending a significant amount of time there, and the experience should always be as pleasant as possible. Look for a makeup vanity with smooth edges, a nice large tabletop, and a cushioned seat. Swivel seats, and stools with roller bottoms provide added convenience while you work your "magic".
Your Special Space
Your makeup vanity can be the focal point of a space designed just for you. Begin by choosing a design that suits your personal sense of taste and style, then add other room elements that compliment the look, including draperies, area rugs, wall decorations, wall shelves, additional lighting and anything else that makes your space more luxurious and inviting. Think of it this way; if you don't spoil yourself a little, who else will? A cosmetics vanity can be the start of something beautiful.