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Your GR8 Guide to Makeup Vanities [Slideshow]

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Vanity—well, it’s not so bad if we admit it. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the concept of the vanity began with nothing but a box, an ornate fixture crafted to hold keepsakes, oils, perfumes, and jewelry. In the 17th century Europe, commissions for luxurious dressing tables and furniture took off among the affluent.

The Evolution of The Vanity

Since their induction to the Art Deco period in both Europe and America, they embodied luxury and glamour. Today, we can see that they maintained they’re opulent and sought after status. Modern vanities are all this, plus functionality.

Modern vanities are often constructed of wood, marble, laminate, or board varieties. They consist of a piece of furniture that is usually propped up against a wall or corner, a mirror, and a small stool. Some, mostly those placed in bathrooms, can have a sink.

Want a walkthrough on these fabulous sit-downs? Take a look at our GR8 guide to makeup vanities.

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Aeclectic Free Standing Mirror Vanity

These are a common type of vanity that allows the user to switch out pieces as desired. The layout is typically a large free-standing leaning mirror, along with a smaller, desk-like piece placed in front of it. These allow for an approach that feels very personal and particular to the individual.

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Travel Vanity

Glamour and convenience on the go, these types of vanities are perfect for makeup artists, models, actors, or anyone who needs the whole counter in their back pocket. They typically feature a set of foldable or retractable legs that are hidden during transport. They are usually a sort of case like structure, often with built-in LED or other light bulbs.

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Full Glam

This is the complete old Hollywood glam variety that features the bulbous, bright, Hollywood lights. It's the full spectrum. Heavy table with all of the gadgets, drawers, and necessities. Modern versions are often made of fiberglass, fiberboard, plexi board, and other durable but stylish materials.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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