Stage Makeup
Tips, Techniques and Ideas

When your young dancer gets close to doing a concert or performance, you will have to apply stage makeup.

Stage Makeup

If it is during the day, at an outdoor event, you will only need a light
make-up, but for the theatre, under heavy lights you will need full stage make-up applied.

For some Mums who wear little make up themselves, this can appear quite a daunting task.

Stage MakeupIt is a good idea to do one or two practice runs before the big day to get used to applying dance make up to your child's face and for your young dancer to get used to being made up. Time it so you'll know how much time you'll need on the day.

See our picture gallery of makeup styles for dance.

Items You Will Need

Here is a checklist of all you may need, some always, others as they get older.

Foundation - match up to childs skin colour/tone
Face Powder
Make Up Brushes
Rouge/Blusher - browny, peachy colour
Black and White Eyeliner
Mascara - Black
Lipstick - red and/or pink
Body glitter
False Eyelashes
Eye Make Up Remover

Ballerina Stage MakeupWhen choosing foundation, take your child along with you. Try several colours/brands until you find one that matches their skin when blended in and doesn't leave a definite line between makeup and skin, if it does, its probably too dark and needs to be lighter. You don't need to go for very expensive brands at this stage.

Once they are used to it, kids love to wear dance make up.

As your child continues dancing and collects different pieces of dance make-up, it is best to keep her stage makeup separate from either yours or any play make-up. That way each time it is needed you know you have it all in one place and don't need a last minute panic trip to the shops to buy more.

Makeup Train Case
Makeup Train Case
You will need a makeup case or box to keep it in and to take it all to the dance performances for any last minute touch ups. You can find some lovely makeup boxes these days. This box has 4 trays and 6 compartments at the bottom, and is easier to find things than one big bag.

A popular option and cheap alternative to expensive makeup boxes is a fishing tackle box. A new one of course!! They have a good clasp, 2 or 3 trays with lots of compartments to separate lipsticks from shadows, mascara, glitter, etc. Use the bottom for bits and pieces like hair nets, bobby pins, etc. Give your child the enjoyable job of decorating it with glitter and stickers.

To remove stage make-up you will need to use a Make Up Remover. You can either use the lotion with cotton wool, or pre-soaked tissues.These are damp tissues soaked in a gentle make up remover and will get all the make-up off, although you may need to use 2 or 3 to completely clean the face.

Read these step by step instructions for applying makeup for young dancers.
Learn how to apply dance makeup for kids.

Learn how to apply mascara.

Makeup Tools

Here are some Makeup Tools to make applying and removing your Make Up a little easier!

Make Up BrushesMake Up Brush HoldersLighted Make up Mirrors
Make Up BrushesMake up Brush HoldersLighted Make Up Mirrors

Magnifying Make up MirrorBest Eye Make Up RemoverBest Eyelash Curler
Magnifying Make Up MirrorsMake Up RemoverEyelash Curlers

Makeup Books

If you're looking for a little inspiration for make up ideas, or you need basic instruction on how to use and put on makeup, check out these wonderful books on makeup.

Some give you tips on how to apply makeup and others are specific to stage and performance.
Click on any image to read our reviews!

High Performance Beauty Make Up BookStage Makeup Techniques BookMaking Faces Make up Book
High Performance Beauty: Makeup & Skin Care for Dance, Cheer, Show Choir, Pageants & Ice Skating
By Christine Dion
Stage Makeup: The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials (Watson Guptill Famous Artists)
By Laura Thudium
Making Faces
By Kevyn Aucoin

Eye Candy Make Up BookMakeup: The Ultimate Guide BookBobbi Brown Makeup Manual
Eye Candy: 55 Easy Makeup Looks for Glam Lids and Luscious Lashes
By Linda Mason
Makeup: The Ultimate Guide
By Rae Morris
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro
By Bobbi Brown

These days we are seeing Dance Kids with amazingly creative Stage Makeup.

Stage MakeupImaginative make up is being used on stage, whether its for a sparkly Jazz dance, an urban Hip Hop, a classic Ballet routine or to create a Character such as an animal or puppet.

Do you have some Dance photos with a wonderful Stage Makeup you wore that created the perfect look?
Do you have a talented, artistic Mum or friend who did a fantastic makeup job?

We'd love to see all those creative works of art!

Boys always feel uncomfortable putting on Stage Makeup, we'd love to see some Cool Boys Makeup Styles too!

Send in YOUR photo's and show off your inspiring Stage Makeup designs.

Show Off Your Best Stage Makeup Styles

Did you win a Competition or Perform at a School or Dance Concert with Creative Stage Makeup?
Did you have many people comment on your wonderful make up?

We'd love to see your Dance Stage Makeup photo!
Tell us who did your makeup, where did you get the inspiration for the design, did it take long?
Any Stage Makeup tips, any special makeup you used?

Tell us about the dance it went with, what type of dance was it, what costume you wore?

(Remember, if you're 13 or younger you must get a parent to give permission and help you.)

Enter the Title for Your Stage Makeup (Ex, "Cabaret Dance Makeup")

Check out our Makeup Styles picture gallery.

Have a look at our gallery of dance hairstyles for kids.

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