Basic Stage Makeup Video Blog

December 5, 2013

Basic Stage Makeup

There are a lot of things to feel jittery about before a performance. Your stage makeup shouldn’t be one of them!

Today we’re bringing you something exciting and new.

I’m stepping out from behind the computer and going in front of the camera to bring you our very first video blog.

Our topic is Basic Stage Makeup.

We’ll show you how to apply stage makeup, as well as talk about why we wear makeup. We’ll also discuss some do’s and don’ts.

We have three models here with us: a teenage dancer, a young man, and a younger dancer. Below you’ll find a video for each, as well as some keys for you to remember for when you give it a try.

Feel free to grab your own stage makeup so you can practice and perfect your own look right along with us. This way you’ll be ready before the curtain rises on your next performance.

Let’s get started!

 

Stage Makeup for a Teenage Girl Dancer

Here we see the process a teenage girl dancer goes through to get the perfect stage makeup. Remember:

  • Start with a clean and moisturized face.
  • Apply your base evenly and through the hairline. Move out from the temples and go under your neckline.
  • Use a damp sponge for a pancake base.
  • Use a dry sponge for a pan stick base.
  • Powder your whole face to “set” your makeup.
  • Use a neutral color eye shadow. Apply lighter shades to your lower lid and under your eyebrow, and darker shades to your eye socket.
  • Choose an eyeliner color that matches your coloring. Use a thin line on your top eyelid and an even thinner line on your bottom.
  • Use a pencil on your eyebrows to bring emphasis, exaggerate arch and frame your face.
  • For stage makeup, be sure to pick a powder blush that is in the pink family.
  • Trim your false eyelashes until they match the length of your own true eyelashes.
  • Apply a tiny amount of lash glue to the spine of the false lashes, and fan your eye with your hand to dry the glue faster.
  • Finish your lashes with a layer of mascara.
  • Choose a medium to deep pink lipstick. Steer clear of lip gloss!

Next up, we will watch a young man apply his stage makeup.

 

Stage Makeup for a Teenage Male Dancer

You will see some similarities as with a female dancer since the goal is always to accentuate one’s own natural features. Remember:

  • Start with a clean, moisturized and clean-shaven face.
  • Apply your pan stick base evenly and through the hairline. Move out from the temples and go under your neckline.
  • Powder your whole face to “set” your makeup.
  • Use brown eye shadow under your jawbone and cheekbones to contour your face.
  • Apply that same eye shadow to your eyes — lighter shades to your lower lid and under your eyebrow, and darker shades to your eye socket.
  • Use a pencil on your eyebrows to emphasize your brows — you don’t need to exaggerate any sort of arch.
  • Choose an eyeliner color that matches your coloring. Use a thin line on your top eyelid, and an even thinner line on your bottom.
  • Apply a small amount of a powder blush that is in the pink family to your cheeks. Blend the blush with the eye shadow contours you applied earlier.
  • Pick a lipstick color that is no more than one or two shades darker than that of your own natural lip color. As always, no shine or gloss!

 

Stage Makeup for a Younger Dancer 

You may be thinking that young dancers don’t need makeup, but they do. Without it, they will appear quite washed out on stage under the bright lights. In the video, I apply makeup to a young girl. Remember that these same tips will work just as well for a young boy.

  • Apply pan stick base evenly and through the hairline. Move out from the temples and go under the dancer’s neckline.
  • Powder the dancer’s whole face to “set” their makeup.
  • Use a neutral color eye shadow. Apply lighter shades to both the dancer’s upper and lower lids, and a slightly darker shade in the crease of their eye.
  • Use a pencil to darken the eyebrows in order to frame their face.
  • Apply mascara. A couple of swipes on both the top and bottom lashes should be all you need for younger dancers.
  • Find a bright pink blush to give the dancer a natural glow and freshness to their face.
  • Pick a lipstick color that is no more than one or two shades darker than that of the dancer’s natural lip color

Well, this concludes my video blog on basic stage makeup. I hope you learned a lot and were able to practice along with us. If you have any questions, you know where to find me. Thanks for joining me today, and till next time!

Writer’s Note: Click on Basic Stage Makeup if you’d like to watch CPYB’s new stage makeup video in its entirety.

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