As any cosmetologist will tell you, there’s an art to applying makeup perfectly, and just as great artists need space for their work, you deserve a dedicated space for yours! A makeup vanity offers the perfect combination of dedicated space, storage, and style to make applying makeup a joy rather than a chore. Though there are many makeup vanity designs available, of all different styles and arrangements, there are a few things they all have in common.
A mirror is a must, of course: make sure it’s large enough and situated at the right height for you to use when seated at your vanity. You’ll also need plenty of light. Ideally, you want light coming from both sides of your face, so there are no shadows to throw off your blending. If you can’t include a fully lighted mirror, try to place a lamp with a gently diffusing shade on either side of your dressing table, or situate it near a window with good natural light. Opt for light bulbs made to mimic natural light; bulbs that cast yellow or orange-tinted light make color-matching difficult.
Storage is also crucial–whether you like catch-all baskets to keep items out of sight, or open shelves that display everything in easy reach, make sure there’s enough space to organize everything you need. From these basic elements, it’s possible to create a vanity to match any style sensibility. Ready to start planning your own? Check out these 19 makeup vanity ideas for a little inspiration!