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How to Make a Gorgeous Studio Makeup Station for any budget!

How to Make a Gorgeous Studio Makeup Station for any budget!
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Are you having your clients get their hair and makeup done at a makeshift makeup station? For a long time, I had a mismatched vanity sitting somewhat precariously atop a mantle. It looked cute, but it wasn’t complete. With a few tools and a little help, I was able to create an attractive makeup station. Let me show you how to make a similar station so that you can wow your clients from the first moment they walk into your doors!

The best part about it is that you can choose the pieces that fit into your budget. You can mix it up a little and find cheaper pieces that fit into your budget but still look expensive!


What You’ll Need:

Fireplace Mantle

This is probably the most expensive part of the project. I found mine on Craigslist for about $180. I would recommend checking Craigslist, or if you have a Facebook group for stuff for sale locally, check it out. While you can order a mantel online, there are many other cheaper options depending on where you look. You can expect to spend around $150-$500 on this. 

Mirror/Shelve Vanity

 My vanity was also a Craiglist find. As I said before, I would check a few different places locally before ordering online. You can expect to spend around $30-$300 on a vanity.


Two Pieces of Smooth Plywood  – Purchased at Menard’s (around $12 each)


Hammer, nails (small), pencil, level, table saw, drill (make sure its charged!) drop cloth, paint, paintbrush, and a helper for the afternoon 🙂


  1. Place the vanity on top of the mantel with the help of an assistant. Center the vanity, making sure the back of the vanity is flush with the back of the mantle.
  2. While a helper holds the vanity in place, drill the vanity into the mantel on the bottom panel of the vanity. Drill nails into the corners and middle, attaching it multiple spots to make it more stable. The more nails, the merrier!
  3. Measure the width of your mantle at the widest point and the height from the floor to the top of the vanity.
  4. Cut your plywood pieces to fit the measurements from step 3.
  5. While a helper holds us the plywood, nail your plywood pieces to the back of the mantle and vanity using nails and a hammer. We nailed on the bottom piece first, using a level to make sure it was straight, then nailed the second piece on top.
  6. Paint the entire mantle, vanity, and plywood your desired color.
    I would suggest multiple coats for an even layer.
  7. If people will see the back of your makeup station, use this as an opportunity to showcase your work! You can use this space to hang up a sign, prints, or canvases. For our station–which stands in direct sight of the front door–I put up my sign and brochure holders.

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Molly Keyser

Boudoir photographer and business coach, I am dedicated to changing the world with the power of a camera. Originally from Wisconsin, I'm now in Texas, but I help photographers around the world learn how to go full-time with boudoir photography.