How to Set Up the Perfect Makeup Vanity

How to Set Up the Perfect Makeup Vanity

Makeup is serious business, especially if you wear it every day. A well-organized and thoughtfully arranged makeup vanity will make your morning routine smoother and more enjoyable.

No one wants to spend five to ten minutes getting out everything they need to put on their makeup.

It’s easier than you think to get your vanity organized and ready for use.

Get Your Mirror in Check

The most important element on your makeup vanity is your mirror. The right mirror setup can make a world of difference in how your makeup looks.

Large rectangular mirrors work best for makeup, and they help you see everything clearly.

If you can, get a makeup mirror with lights around it. I’m talking about the old Hollywood glamour mirrors. There’s a reason why these mirrors are still used in the makeup rooms at runway shows – they provide the best lighting.

If this type of mirror isn’t in your budget or you don’t have the space for it, a regular tabletop mirror will work just fine. Just make sure that you can see your entire face clearly.

And if you’re using a tabletop mirror, make sure you choose model that has zero magnification one side.

Shine Your Light

Setting up your mirror is the first step. The next step is to make sure your lighting is set up properly.

If you put on makeup in the wrong lighting, you may overcompensate and walk out the door looking like you put on too much makeup. Optimizing your vanity’s lighting situation is a game-changer and will make a world of difference in your final results.

If you think your bedroom light is sufficient, think again

There are a million and one ways to set up the lighting at your vanity, but please do yourself a favor and don’t rely on overhead lighting in your room.

The lighting should be directed right at your face – not above or below. That’s why old Hollywood-style mirrors are ideal.

The best lighting for makeup application is natural light, but it’s not always possible or practical to put on your makeup out in the sun. What’s the next best option? Natural daylight bulbs – or bright LEDs.

So to recap: Make sure your lighting is pointed toward your face, and that it’s as close to natural daylight as possible.

Get Organized

Now that you have your mirror and your lighting in check, it’s time to get organized. How is your makeup organized right now? If you’re like most people, you probably have different makeup items in pouches, scattered in your drawers and everywhere in between.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a good makeup organizer or make your own. You can use storage units for office desks, file organizers and products designed specifically for makeup storage.

Store all of your makeup items within easy reach so that you can easily get everything you need without having to search everywhere. I prefer to place my organizers on each side of my mirror so that they are right within arm’s reach.

There are a few ways to store your brushes. Some people prefer to place them in containers with coffee beans or beads. Beans or beads will keep your brushes in place, and prevent them from brushing up against each other and losing their shape.

You also have the option of storing your brushes in pouches, like how artists store their brushes.

Along with my brushes and makeup items, I also like to store my makeup remover, moisturizers, lotions and perfumes on my vanity. I even keep cotton balls and some tissue in a small container, so I can make quick touch-ups or fix mistakes with ease.

Get Comfortable

No one likes to apply their makeup while they’re standing up. Invest in a good, comfortable chair or stool to sit on when you’re at your vanity.

I prefer to use a stool, but some people like high-back chairs for extra back support.

Feel free to have a little fun and get creative with this part. Choose a chair with a fun pattern or color that matches your room’s decor or your personality.

Add a Personal Touch

Make your makeup vanity your own by adding a few personal touches. Here are some ideas:

  • Framed pictures
  • Vase of flowers
  • Art on the walls

While this really isn’t a personal touch, I like to have a small garbage can next to my vanity so that I can sharpen eyeliner pencils or throw out tissues without having to go far. I have a pretty white wicker basket that matches my vanity’s theme.

Establish a Clean-Up Routine

Lighting, organization and a good mirror are all that you need for a perfect makeup vanity. But your space won’t stay clean and tidy without some effort on your part.

Establish a good clean-up routine so that you can keep your space as tidy and clean as the first day you put it together.

Here are some tips:

  • Clean your vanity top after each makeup session. There’s a good chance you spilled some powder – whether it’s eyeshadow, bronzer or finishing powder – which can damage your countertop eventually.
  • Clean your brushes after each use to keep bacteria, dust and dirt at bay.
  • Clean your mirror after each use, so you can see clearly the next time you go to put on your makeup.
  • Clean out your organizer or storage containers every few weeks to keep everything neat and tidy.

A well-organized and well-arranged makeup vanity will help you put on your best face every morning or whenever you go out for the evening. It doesn’t matter how you organize your vanity. The important thing is that you’re organized in a way that makes your life and your routine easier.

Use our tips above to get your vanity in order and streamline your beauty routine. It’s a great feeling to have your own designated and organized space to put on your makeup, and it feels even better to not have to worry about looking for all of your products.

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