Ballerinas like to keep their makeup as natural as possible, on and off stage - depending on their characters. This post is about stage makeup - if you would like more information on natural makeup, check out Au Naturel Week and our Natural Makeup Tutorial.
Performing on stage in a ballet, it is crucial to wear makeup. From a distance, especially under stage lights, it is difficult for audience members to make out facial features when no makeup is worn.
The amount of makeup that should be worn depends on what you are performing. There are certain guidelines you should follow every time you are on stage.
- Consider what character you are portraying. You need to take into account how to make yourself appear more like the character.
- Apply powder. Powder makes your skin look smooth. If you don't wear enough, you might look shiny when you sweat.
- Apply blush. Use a bright color and apply it to the top of your cheekbones. Start with the brush on your cheekbones and sweep it back to your hairline, right above your ears. Adding blush will give your face dimension.
- Pencil your eyebrows, This is only needed if you have pale skin or blonde eyebrows.
- Apply eye shadow. Putting white on your eyelids will make your eyes look bigger.
- Apply eyeliner. Use black eyeliner and draw thick lines. If you're performing in a very large theatre under harsh light, you may want to draw out "wings" or lines about half an inch from the top of your eyelids.
- Mascara. Curl your eyelashes and apply a lot of mascara. Alternatively, you can wear false eyelashes.
- Lipstick. Your lipstick color may be determined on your character and the color of your costume. Be sure to line your lips with lip liner before, so that the lipstick doesn't run.
- After your performance - the combination of sweat and such thick makeup can easily clog your pores and create some nasty breakouts - so, make sure you wash your face completely.
Here are some before and after shots:
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