Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Choose or Lose

Do you apply makeup sitting down or standing?

  • Standing! (52%, 2,631 Votes)
  • Sitting! (48%, 2,431 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,062

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53 thoughts on “Do you apply makeup sitting down or standing?

  1. Lizzi

    I have to sit in the sink!

  2. Cindy

    Sitting! But when I’m at my sis I have to do it standing.

  3. The majority of the time I apply my makeup standing, but once in a while, I’ll do it sitting down.

  4. Since the only place I have to do makeup is the bathroom I’m forced to stand :(

  5. Mabeline

    I wish I had a nice vanity area where I could sit and do my makeup. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury in our bathroom. I have to do it standing. :(

  6. Christy

    I do about 3/4 sitting at my vanity but I have to do eyeliner, eye lashes and lips standing.

    • Jo

      Same! I do a bit of both like that. I like to see up close for my eyes so I go to my wall mirror the rest I do sitting down. At home (not uni) I do it all sitting because (weirdly enough) my room at home is smaller and I only have a mirror over my mantlepiece.

  7. I can’t for the life of me get the hang of doing makeup while sitting. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I have more control while I’m on my feet.

  8. Leslie

    Ha, this is a great question because I often wonder how others do it. I’d love to have a pretty vanity to sit at and do my makeup and hear, but I’ve gotten used to doing it standing over the years. Works perfectly with my 9 drawer Ikea Alex right next to me and I can get really close to my full length mirror.

  9. TygerKitty

    I have a vanity so I sit… even if I’m traveling and don’t have my vanity I will either sit on the floor or on a counter if I have to! I can do it standing but I much prefer sitting! Especially when doing liquid eyeliner!

  10. Adrienne

    A lot of times I wish I had room for a cute vanity. But I honestly can’t see how I’d do it sitting down. I have to get all up in the mirror. In high school I used to have a full length mirror and would sit in front of it.

  11. Kneeling, actually. on a little ledge by a large mirror in my bathroom. but I voted sitting. close enough.

  12. Kathy S.

    I’m a sitter. Partly, this is because I’m not young and springy – it takes time and effort to make me look naturally pretty and my knees can’t keep up. Partly, I’m a billboard for my makeup artistry. Mostly, though, it’s because it’s how I pamper myself. I don’t buy expensive shoes, get spa facials, buy fancy lingerie – I’m into makeup.

  13. Esther

    I sit. I usually either sit at my desk or on the floor and lay everything out in front of me haha

  14. Pawsha

    I sit. I like to enjoy every minute of it. Standing would take the fun and enjoyment out of it, for me.

  15. trayceeee

    I sit at my vanity table! It has horrible lighting though so I always finish up standing in the mirror to make sure I didn’t over/under apply anywhere.

    • Alicia

      Mine too! No matter what bulbs I try, my lighting STINKS. I always check my face in nautral sunlight to make sure everything is blended.

  16. I’m surprised that it’s an even split – I really dislike standing up to do my makeup. It’s so much more relaxing to sit down at my vanity – where all my makeup is stored anyway, and do my face.

  17. Linda

    I do the majority of it sitting down in my bedroom or livingroom and then the finishing touches standing up in the bathroom.

  18. Brittany

    Hmmmm usually when someone is standing up it means they’re doing their makeup in the bathroom which is a big no-no! lol I always sit at my vanity, which has lights from IKEA to do my makeup.

    • Dinitchka

      Putting on make-up in the bathroom is not a “big no-no” as you say. If that is the case, you had better tell some of the Gurus of Youtube.

      The no-no is storing/keeping make-up in the bathroom.

      I have yet to find the vanity of my dreams … I put mine on in the bathroom, standing up. Then I go outside for a final glance over.

      • Brittany

        It’s a big no-no due to the fact that the lighting will never be the best. That was actually one of the first things our senior artist preached at us about during training for MAC. And the “guru’s” I watch are all artists (Jackie, Tatiana, Goss,etc) and none of them do their makeup in the bathroom. They all do it in natural lighting and they also sit down, which happens to be the way that I was taught. BUT to each his/her own! ^__^ <3

        • u should know that ANY indoor lighting is not the best for makeup but not all of us can afford a separate makeup area or separate lighting. thats why we go outside to the natural light.

          then again, u must be right, i mean u learned from MAC the knowall and be all of makeup. what would all of us makeup users and lovers do if it wasnt for MAC? i guess the cosmetics industry would crumble.

  19. Jae

    My vanity is in the master bedroom so for work, I have to put my make up on in the bathroom standing, but on the weekends its sitting.

  20. julia

    I wish it were sitting but alas, I have no room for a vanity in my tiny studio apartment.

  21. Miss J

    The only time I stand is when I’m in a rush. I like to sit, spread all my makeup out, lean my elbows on the table/desk/wherever if I can, and take my sweet time! :) I wish I had a nice vanity area with a full-length mirror, storage area, a cute vanity with one of those ghost chairs, a huge vanity mirror, and then a smaller mirror for up-close work. That’s my little fantasy land for now since I don’t have the room for that.

  22. I sit at my dressing table in my bedroom, in front of my window to take advantage of the natural light. I couldn’t imagine having to store, much apply my makeup in my bathroom. Not only is the atmosphere on there hostile to my makeup, the lighting is horrible; too yellow and I hate that it all comes from above. *shudder*

  23. Valerie C.

    I don’t think I’ve ever put my makeup on sitting, probably because I’m always doing something else at the same time :)

  24. Alicia

    I have to sit- I have a huge vanity, but still use a small hand held mirror for eyeliner and such. But when I am doing someone else’s MU, I have to stand of course. :)

  25. I used to stand out of necessity, now I sit. Ive found since sitting my application improved instantly and dramatically.

  26. Susan

    I just like sitting to apply my makeup. I don’t feel as rushed and I can take time to find whatever makeup item I’m looking for.

  27. Mel

    I do both I need to move around alot or else I can’t focus :)

  28. Candace

    Always standing! I’ve never had anywhere to sit, though – plus while standing I can make use of the awesome floor-to-ceiling mirror in my room!

  29. Kristen

    I sit at my desk and do my make up. The only time I stand is when I’m house sitting and they don’t have a vanity. I don’t like doing my make up standing, though. I can’t get close enough to the mirror :(.

  30. I RARELY sit down to apply makeup because the mirror I use is at standing height. I don’t put my makeup in a sit-down vanity though I wish I had one

  31. Pami

    Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of having an antique vanity table with the three mirrors ( a stationary center one, with a hinged mirror on each side that you can adjust to check every angle of your face and, and see your hair in the back) like my grandmother had. I would have all of my makeup in the drawers on each side, a beautiful chair to sit in, and great lighting. I’d also have pretty glass and crystal jars to hold my makeup brushes.

    Since I don’t have enough room for a dedicated space in my bedroom, and the vanity area won’t work with a chair, I stand up and lean over the sink, looking into a halo-lit magnifying mirror to apply my makeup (I also have good lighting above). I figure if it looks good magnified, it should be fine. If I’m going to be outside, I take the mirror to the window to make sure it looks OK there too.

  32. Ashley

    I sit in front of the full-length mirror in my room and apply. I hate being away from home — it feels so awkward to do it standing up!

  33. Veronica

    Standing. I have nowhere to do it sitting (our house has terrible lighting D:), and I’m nearsighted, so I need to be fairly close to the mirror I’m working with.

  34. Jasmine

    I Can Do Both’, But I Prefer To Be Sitting I Just Feel More Comfortable & Balanced’.

  35. Poptart

    I was shocked to see how many people put it on standing! But then I saw most are forced for some reason and I feel like a weirdo again. I feel more in control when standing and doing my makeup. Or, I do it because I am always doing 20+ things at once, including doing my makeup. I have no idea now!!!!

  36. Sitting tires me so much and I feel frustrated lol Standing is way better

  37. Standing in front of the bathroom mirror; makeup is stored in four stacked small sterilite 3-drawers to the side for easy access. working in changing that, though, I think that I may use my craft table and set up a little lighted mirror there; more room to spread out and design looks. No nice vanity for me just yet! That’s a “someday splurge” :). No matter when/where I do it there isn’t natural light; I get up early to leave time for makeup before I leave for work, but that means that it’s dark out when I do it. :)))

  38. Nicole

    It depends. I stand, when I apply my makeup in the bathroom and I sit, when I apply it while having breakfast at my dining table.

  39. Kara

    Have to apply my makeup standing. I can’t get it how I want it if I sit, especially when doing eyeliner.

  40. I like to do eyeshadow sitting and eyeliner/lips standing!

    How about you Christine?

  41. Carrie

    Oddly enough, I do foundation, concealer, and blush standing, and eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara sitting. Lipstick either way ^_^