stage makeup

By now, you probably have your own standard performance makeup routine. But tailoring your makeup to the ballet you're dancing—especially if it's a story ballet—can really enhance the look and presence of your character. Beyond a little Black Swan smoky eye and flushed Coppélia cheeks, how can you really make your features pop? Enter former New York City Ballet dancer Kathryn Morgan (who now guest dances in her home state of Alabama).

Whether you're wilting in the summer heat or steaming under hot theatrical lights, your sweat can wreak havoc on your stage makeup. Make sure your look stays put, no matter how toasty things get.

 

1. Apply primer for an extra layer of sweat-proof hold underneath foundation.

2. Try using tinted moisturizer around the eyes instead of a heavier concealer. That allows the skin to breathe, and the lighter formula is less likely to get caked or clumpy.

Aisling Hill-Connor demonstrates how to apply stage makeup for a basic face

Photography By Steve Vacciarello

Published December 3, 2009
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