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Your personal shrine should be both elegant and organized.
Close your eyes and imagine, just for a second, how much more fun getting ready would be if your mess of bottles, lipsticks and bracelets looked more like an old Hollywood dressing room (or what we imagine one to be) than a teenager's cluttered locker. So toss those chintzy plastic drawers and lipstick-stained makeup bags. There are much prettier—and smarter— ways to keep your favorite beauty products and go-to jewelry neat and organized. Here are our five favorite tabletop styling ideas for a picture-perfect vanity.
How often do your lipsticks and tubes of mascara roll off the dressing table mid-primp? Keep all your makeup (and jewelry!) exactly where it should be with a glitzy tray—its raised edges will prevent your products from escaping. Plus, a tray makes it super-easy to clean up any loose powder or glitter spills. Kendra Scott Acrylic Tray, $225, kendrascott.com
Anyone working with a small space knows that adding mirrors helps create a sense of depth and dimension, and the same principle holds true for a vanity. See your makeup and hair from every angle and add visual intrigue to your dressing table by decorating with mirrors of various shapes and sizes. Pro tip: It doubles as a necklace stand. Kendra Scott Cheska Bolo Necklace, $120, kendrascott.com; West Emory Two-Sided Gold Vanity Mirror, $25, target.com
Repurpose a tiered dessert stand and, instead of tea cakes, stack it high with your fanciest fragrances and makeup faves for a multi-dimensional space-saving statement. It's so much easier to spot your go-to's when they're on full display. Kendra Scott Nail Lacquer, $16, kendrascott.com; Old Country Roses Christmas Tree 3-Tier Cake Stand, $56, walmart.com; Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Florale, $69, lancome.com
Who says your beauty workspace has to be completely utilitarian? Personal touches like a beloved photo, a scented candle, and your favorite blooms are a great way to make sure you're inspired every single time you sit down and look in the mirror. Kendra Scott Photo Frame, $65, kendrascott.com; kate spade new york Start Something New Scented Candle, $40, katespade.com
One easy way to keep your brushes clean (and avoid a mess on your desk) is to store them in a pretty cup instead of a roll or a bag. Stored upright, their delicate bristles won't get smushed, and they'll avoid contact with dirty surfaces. Sonia Kashuk The Vanity Cup, $5.99, target.com