To create a lighted makeup vanity desk, start by choosing a desk or table that suits the purpose and a mirror. Next, choose and install lighting, then add a chair and makeup containers.
Make sure the desk you choose for a foundation has enough storage space, such as at least one drawer, and that it is the right size for the space it is going to occupy. Adding a glass top to the desk makes cleaning easier. The desk may also be painted a suitable color to fit your taste.
The mirror may be framed or frameless, but a mirror with a thick frame is more durable. Mirror clips are also needed in order to mount the mirror on the wall above the desk. Hanging the mirror at eye level gives a good indication as to what size chair is needed, which should be placed at least a foot from the mirror. Placing the mirror in an area that reflects a natural light source creates the best lighting effect and makes the room seem larger.
Additional lighting such as wall lamps may be installed. If a natural light source is not available, be sure to use clear or white light bulbs for the best effect. For the chair, choose a stool or a small chair that can easily fit under the desk, and that will be comfortable to sit at while applying makeup. Using desktop and drawer containers helps keep makeup and other beauty products organized and easily accessible. Tiered cake stands and pretty plates are some ideas for desktop organizers.