7 Ways to Pretty-Up + Organize Your Vanity

Add a little glamour to your routine.

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Okay, so, the most common place to get ready is the bathroom. I get it. The bathroom offers a convenient outlet to dry your hair or charge your phone, a sink to fix both major and minor smudges, a counter to host a sweeping mess and a nice, big mirror.

White Contemporary Make-Up Nook With Fur Stool

White Contemporary Make-Up Nook With Fur Stool

How's this for a place to get ready for the day? Sit at this chic white floating vanity and accompanying fur stool to finish dressing and take in panoramic views.

Photo by: Tim Lee

Tim Lee

However, I'm here to convince you that storing and applying makeup in the bathroom is a big, boring mistake. It's time to take that getting-ready routine elsewhere. There are countless ways to up the fun, function and style of your gussy-up game.

How? Why? What? Keep reading, beauty queens.

Steam is Mean

Vintage Wood Rack Holds and Organizes Grooming Accessories

Vintage Wood Rack Holds and Organizes Grooming Accessories

A vintage test-tube rack keeps all your grooming tools neatly in one place. Brushes, nail polish and nail files fit perfectly in the test-tube compartments, giving your bathroom an organized look and keeping everything conveniently at your fingertips.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Hot and steamy bathrooms can be great because — let's face it — no one likes facing a freezing bathroom during the post-shower towel-off. As great as the steam can be, it can be doubly bad on beauty products. Exposing your pricey face creams, foundations or lipsticks to a tropical climate is a sure-fire way to lessen their lifespan and effectiveness. Keep them in a cool, dry place and save yourself from wondering why your makeup is starting to look wonky halfway through your supply. Have I convinced you to leave the bathroom yet?

Natural Light

Makeup Vanity in Bright & Stylish Loft

Makeup Vanity in Bright & Stylish Loft

Large windows = Lots of natural light. Important. Design by . 

Photo by: John Bessler

John Bessler

Large windows = Lots of natural light. Important. Design by . 

Looking for a flawless makeup application? One way to make that happen is by applying your makeup in a room with tons of natural light. The more, the better. This allows you to get the best idea of what your face really looks like before walking out the front door. Pro tip: Before you commit to a space, consider when you get ready. Make sure the sun will be on your side, literally, during the time of day you typically get ready.

Bright White

Makeup Vanity With Round Mirror & Lucite Armchair

Makeup Vanity With Round Mirror & Lucite Armchair

Crisp white and lucite magic. Design by .

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

Crisp white and lucite magic. Design by .

Opt for fresh, white walls in whatever room you plan to place your vanity. I love a vibrant green or yellow space, don't get me wrong, but vivid hues will cast a funny light that makes applying makeup ultra-tricky. White, on the other hand, works to your advantage because it will reflect any natural light in the room. (By now you know how important the natural light is, right? Crucial. Imperative. Paramount.)

Display the Pretty

Pink and White Closet With Dressing Table

Pink and White Closet With Dressing Table

Trays are a great way to corral otherwise unrelated items for a look that's neat and tidy. In this closet, they're used for toiletries and makeup. Design by

Photo by: M.A. Allen

M.A. Allen

Trays are a great way to corral otherwise unrelated items for a look that's neat and tidy. In this closet, they're used for toiletries and makeup. Design by

It's only right to show off some of those pretty potions and lotions, right? Add a bottle of your go-to perfume or a posh eyeshadow palette on a tray on top of your vanity. Another trick I love? Store brushes in your favorite candle jar after you've melted through it. Lucite organizers are favorites among the beauty bloggers, too!

Hide the Clutter

Remodeled Master Bathroom With Built-In Makeup Vanity

Remodeled Master Bathroom With Built-In Makeup Vanity

Built-in beauty drawers as seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper. Design by . 

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images

Built-in beauty drawers as seen on Prefit's Fixer Upper. Design by . 

Truth time: We all own banged-up beauty products that still have some mileage left in them, right? If your crusty concealer with a missing twist-on top can still get the job done, who am I to judge? Still, organizing your vanity and keeping most of your products (cough, crusty concealer, cough) out of sight will keep your space uncluttered and accessible. Add built-in drawers, wire bins or tabletop acrylic storage set to achieve just that.

One-Stop Shop

Mirrored Makeup Table in Luxury Contemporary Dressing Room

Mirrored Makeup Table in Luxury Contemporary Dressing Room

Glamour, baby. Luxe design by .

Photo by: Virginia Ann Photography

Virginia Ann Photography

Glamour, baby. Luxe design by .

No more running around the house in your robe! Make your getting-ready routine a one-stop shop by positioning you vanity inside your walk-in closet. Whoever said the magic happens in the bedroom clearly never had a vanity inside a walk-in closet, am I right? Note: This is best suited for closets either containing a window or located near a window because — natural light. Have I drilled the importance of natural light into the ground yet?!?

Reach New Heights

Midcentury Modern Shelf Adds Personality and Storage Space in Boutique Salon

Midcentury Modern Shelf Adds Personality and Storage Space in Boutique Salon

Chic shelving. Design by

Photo by: Nick Pironio

Nick Pironio

Chic shelving. Design by

Nothing says glam quite like a gorgeous, gilded bookshelf full of every color nail polish you could dream of. Replicate this idea by creating easy-access, open storage for all of your beauty products and position it next to your vanity. Our trick? Keep the products you use the most at arm's level so you can grab what you need with ease.

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