Dressing tables for every age and the best products to put on them
PUBLISHED: 13:55 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 August 2016
Wide-view sensor mirror, £299.99, Simple Human
No longer the preserve of grannies with silver vanity sets, the dressing table is being reinstated as a patch of sacred personal space with a host of sleek and stylish new designs. We round up the best for all age groups as well as the best beauty products to display on them.
Clairoy dressing table, £93.75, La Redoute. Clockwise from top left: Scented candles that smell lovely but don't break the bank are hard to find but this Mojito scented votive from hip New York brank Malin + Goetz is only £14.50 and will bring the party spirit to your bedroom, malinandgoetz.com; Woken too late to wash your hair before work? No fear, just give it a spritz of dry shampoo to disguise the dirt and add a bit of body. One More Day Dry Shampoo, £14.50, Philip Kingsley; Your skin may be luscious, plump and glowing now but, believe it or not, it won't always be, which is where the Pre:Empt skincare collection from Dr Perricone comes in. From £35, available at John Lewis
Cheap and compact, this charming dressing table will fit happily into most house share rooms and shouldn’t be too difficult to transport. The blonde wood, tapered legs and rounded mirrors combine the best of Scandinavian style and Gallic chic. And with 25 per cent currently knocked off the price it’s a veritable bargain too.
Family friendly functional
Emil walnut dressing table, £595.00, Habitat. Clockwise from left: With this natural and organic sun spray on your dressing table, you won?t forget to protect your skin or your children?s. Formulated with 100 per cent organic mineral ingredients to keep skin safe and protected from damaging UV rays, making it suitable for use on all the family. Lavera SPF 20 Sun Spray, £13.95 from Whole Foods; An easy pump bottle, natural and organic ingredients and a fresh, pleasing smell make this hand an body lotion a family friendly yet indulgent gem. Rose, chamomile and lemon hand and body lotion, Bamford, £24, amara.com; You may not have time to do your full face any more, but a quick slick of bright red lipstick will pull a look together in moments. Dior Rouge Baume Lipstick, £24 from John Lewis
Keep your precious cosmetics safe from prying playdates getting experimental with the lipstick with the substantial drawer space in this walnut dressing table. The clever design uses height rather than width so as not to take up too much floor space while maximising storage. But this is no stingy choice. The huge mirror ensures your make up will be as perfect as you have time for while the slim legs and table top ensure elegance is retained.
Mid-life make up
Betsy dressing table, £695, Graham and Green. Clockwise from top left: Containing Hyaluronic acid, Peptide, Xylitol and Ceramide this Flash Hydro-Boost from Ren (released in September 2016) promises to plum, smooth and hydrate your skin, reducing fine lines and preventing water loss; If you've reached an age where you feel your skin both deserves and needs some serious tlc every day then splash out on La Mer The Eye Balm Intense, £140 from John Lewis; Floral scents are made sophisticated in this Italian Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile fragrance, and the bottle will look gorgeous on display too. From £76 at John Lewis
Now is a good time to get glamorous with your dressing table. Bring a touch of boudoir style without going full Moulin Rouge with this Art Deco-inspired glossy metallic table. With an ivory shagreen leather effect overlaid by shimmering glass, this proves you no longer have to be too family friendly with your furnishings and can wallow in an occasional bit of me-time. Make the most of it with this pretty piece.
Empty nest extravagance
Chandlo dressing table, £9,522, BD Barcelona Design from Nest.co.uk. From top: Free from parabens, phenoexythanol and mineral oils this enriching Black Jasmine hand cream from Compagnie de Provence is a daily treat for soft, delightfully scented hands. £12.50, amara.com; With the help of iron, copper, magnesium and zinc, Själ Orbe Eye Contour Crème minimises under eye circles, bags and puffiness, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, brightens, soothes and calms skin. £117 from Space NK; These copper, brass and nickel cased candles from Tom Dixon add a luxe look and fragrance to your dressing table. £80 for three, tomdixon.net
Now is the time to indulge your wildest tastes and design your home as you want – no need to be family friendly any longer so splash out with your wallet and your creative eye. Chandlo means moon shape and Bindi, which is referenced by the large red-rimmed mirror. As well as the mirror, the architectural piece also features a rosewood jewellery box and a filtered rose colour side mirror. Form meets function.
Downsizing in style
Wide-view sensor mirror, £299.99, Simple Human. From top: Fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin is promised by Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, £40 exclusively from Selfridges; Banish thoughts of the family home with extravagant room fragrances in fabulously fancy packaging. Fornasetti Incense Box with Lid in Pensee, £145, amara.com; Diptyque is a mark of quality and a sure sign that you'll smell delicious. Vetyverio offers a woody, elegant scent reminiscent of holidays in France. £60 for 50ml, diptyqueparis.co.uk
You probably already have a dressing table by now and the last thing you need is more furniture but it might be a good time to update the mirror for something more flash. This wide view sensor mirror provides subtle magnification and a multi-angled view but the most unusual feature is the lighting, which simulates natural light so you don’t get fooled into wearing the wrong colour foundation or a garish blusher. The mirror will even connect to a smart phone app to recreate a specific lighting effect.