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!!
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!