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Dance Performance Makeup Tips for Every Style



Expression influences the artistry and beauty of dance as much as the carefully-orchestrated and graceful movements. While talented and skilled dancers can convey deep feeling in their steps alone, the impression is incomplete without their costumes and facial expressions. Stage lights make a dancer's face all but invisible, pale and wan, and distance means she fades into the background. By applying cosmetics more liberally than for everyday use, with special focus on skin, eyes, and lips, you can provide greater definition and visibility to your face and expressions on stage.


Tips for Your Skin

When you glide on stage for your dance routine, your skin should look smooth and flawless. Although it seems intuitive, achieving a beautiful finish to your skin involves a sense of artistry. While applying stage foundation to clean, dry skin goes a long way, you must also balance the color of the makeup with your skin tone. What you may not notice with regular makeup can show up as undesirable tints of orange or yellow under bright lights. Mineral makeup often reflects too much light, creating an excessively shiny face.


Some shimmer around the cheeks and eyes may benefit ballet dancers, in particular. Male dancers, on the other hand, should avoid glitter altogether. For a dancer, the eyes of the audience and judges will see more than your face. You also need to address any skin that your costume bares. You can make your legs and back dazzle with powder or lotion that sparkles, especially if wearing an elaborate costume.


Make sure your foundation and concealers are water-resistant as you sweat under the lights. A thin layer of powder over your foundation will help mask blemishes and blend your makeup seamlessly at your jawline.


Tips for Your Eyes

Dance is expressive and your eyes can be crucial in solidifying the story and emotions underlying your movements. While eyeshadow should draw attention to your eyes, neutral colors often work best if you need to change your costume frequently between acts or scenes.


Perhaps more than other areas of your face, your eyes often reflect the style of your dance. Themes may require brilliant colors with blues, greens, and violets. However, bright-colored eyeshadow does not have much use outside of specific types of performances. Makeup artists recommend you blend three shades of eyeshadow matte to create a natural and defined appearance. Your eyeshadow should be darker across the inner corner and lighter as you approach your eye bone, brow, and lid.


False eyelashes or fiber mascara will open up your eye. Synthetic lashes are more durable than mink or silk lashes, offering a lasting curl and glossy shine. Contrasting your black upper eyeliner with a brown shade for the lower lash line will soften your eye. Black eyeliner for upper and lower rims lends a dramatic effect suitable for styles like jazz and Fosse. Avoid closing your eyeliner at the corner because you want your eyes to appear larger, not smaller. Finally, your eyes are never complete without carefully arching and defining your eyebrows, extending them if necessary.


Tips for Your Lips

When preparing your lips for onstage performance, picture four sections - left and right outer upper and lower corners to the center. You should apply a liner first to your lips, one part at a time, to make them even. Then, simply fill in your outline with color that complements your foundation and fits the theme of your performance. Blend the lip liner so the sharp edges do not show.


Red is a standard lip color for stage make-up, but young performers may prefer rose where permitted. Eras and genres sometimes require variations like white. Do not neglect the sides of your lips lest they not appear full in profile. Hats and other headwear create a need for fuller and brighter lips. You may even have to apply glitter to ensure your face stands out. Overlaying your lips with gloss makes them pop even more, and a sealer will keep your lipstick fresh.


Makeup is vital to dance performances, ensuring your face and its expressions can be seen by your audience, whether fans or judges. Bright lights can wash out your face on stage, and distance can blur your features. Special care on your skin, eyes, and lips will help define your face and add to the expression and artistry to your dancing.


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