Weeks ago I published a post about vanity tables so here’s the follow-up of that post. Because a vanity table needs a good, instagramable (obviously) styling.
Let’s start with the useful stuff. I don’t know about you, but I try to keep my makeup products organized, tidy and clean (I can’t stand to see finger marks on jars and tubes) and everything must be at its place.
To me, the best way to organize makeup brushes, pencils and mascaras is to keep them in glasses (I have a thing for Baci Milano plastic glasses). I have about twenty brushes and I keep some of them in a drawer because I don’t want them to get dusty. The ones I’m using stay in a glass. Since I like to apply makeup with my hands (is it right? is it wrong? I don’t know but I feel like the outcome is more natural) I use just 3-4 brushes at the same time.
Trays are perfect for perfumes, moisturizers, foundations and everything that stand and doesn’t fall the moment you make the smallest move but cake stands are another great alternative. You can also use boxes, glasses or plastic ones are beautiful and practical.
Tissues and Q-tips are essential but they often come in ugly packagings. So, if you want your vanity to look perfect, buy a box for tissues and small glass for Q-tips (I use a glass that once contained a candle).
You can keep makeup brushes or eye pencils in a tealight holder, too.
And now, the beautiful stuff. As a character of the novel “Les Misérables” says “the beautiful is as useful as the useful. Perhaps more so“. What kind of beautiful objects should you keep on (or close to) your vanity table? A print is always a good idea but you can also create a collage of photos you find inspiring to create your own makeup moodboard. I know, our smartphones are full of pictures and screenshots of perfect smoky eyes and glowing cheeks , but I prefer the charm of paper photos, often cut-outs from magazines.
A bust (or two) will add a touch of chicness to your vanity, if there’s room enough to place it/them.
Candy jars are always nice to see but let’s be honest, keeping beauty products in a jar is impractical. I noticed many bloggers keep their many nail polishes in jars but this is a solution that is very Instagram and Pinterest friendly and only works if you have many nail polishes you don’t use but you don’t want to get rid of. You can put them in the jar and keep your favorite ones on top of them, within reach.
And if your vanity table is not enough and you need or simply want more space, you can place a serving cart or a tray table next to your vanity.
Makeup artist Violette Serrat has a beautiful vanity table. The wallpaper is so pretty.