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Is your stage makeup perfect?

Stage makeup is so much fun, but it can be difficult to get it just right.

And keeping it on?? -

A true nightmare.

Thankfully, I was a competition dancer for years and picked up some nifty makeup tricks that I'd love to pass along to you! Generally on stage, you’re going to be experiencing a lot of heat from the lights. Couple that with the extra dance sweat you’re producing and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a melted face. Here are some tips to help you perfect your stage makeup and keep it on all day!!

1. Primers

The key to an amazing makeup is an equally amazing base. The trick is finding the one that works just right for you. For stage work it’s often helpful to use a primer that combats extra oil production. Try Make Up For Ever’s new mattifying primer or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer!

2. Waterproof Products

If you’re an excessive sweater like I am, stage lights might be a problem for you. If you’ve ever experienced a melted face, waterproof makeup might be for you! Waterproof mascara and liners are well known but did you know you can also waterproof your foundation, brows, lips, and eyeshadow? Make Up For Ever makes hands down THE BEST waterproof products I have ever used, and everything is mixable. The Aquacreams are amazing for the eyes and lips, the Full Cover concealers are completely waterproof and can be mixed with foundation to waterproof the whole business. Check out their full line of waterproof products here!

3. Keep Distance in Mind

As I’m sure many of you know by now, one of the biggest differences between stage makeup and your day to day makeup is the distance at which it’s seen. Take this distance into consideration, as a theater that seats 50 won’t need as much makeup as a theater that seats 1000. The farther the distance from the back seats in the theater, the darker your makeup must be - otherwise your facial features will be lost! Don’t be scared to darken those brows and contour like Kim, it will look a little scary up close but you’ll look perfect from a distance!

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4. Keep Lighting in Mind

Lighting is another very important aspect of your makeup. The brighter the lights are, the more washed out you’ll look on stage. Adding contouring with bronzer and blush can help combat this problem by helping to define your features further. Some recommend going a shade darker for your foundation but I personally don’t like this method because although your face will look darker, the rest of your body won’t match!

Image copyright - Dakota Elizabeth

5. Setting Powder

Powder, powder, and more powder!! Powder is your friend and helps to set all of your amazing makeup. The best way to apply for stage is by using a sponge, and using a press and roll motion to push the powder onto the face. Don’t go too crazy- the powder shouldn’t look super white. Dust off excess with a brush! My favorite is the Ben Nye's Neutral Set. If you’ve got a darker skin tone, they make some amazing loose powders in darker tones as well!

6. Setting Spray

After you’ve applied your beautiful stage makeup, you’ll need a spray to make sure it stays! If you’re in a pinch, hairspray works but it gets sticky and usually makes you break out so I’d recommend using a setting spray! My favorites are the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray and Skindinavia Oil Control Setting Spray.

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