Basics of Stage Makeup for a Young Dancer

For myself and my clients I wanted to create a video on the basics of stage makeup for moms who might be new to the world of dance and performance. I found the perfect person. Sarah was a direct referral from a client whose daughter attends Kelly’s Dance studio in Summerville SC. Sarah Callahan Black is local to the Summerville area and co-owns Curiouser Entertainment with her mother Ellen Callahan.

Her characters are truly high quality. All the performers are professional actors and singers. Costumes are crafted from the highest quality materials and the difference really shows. The characters makeup, hair and costumes are so impressive compared to any of the characters I’ve ever seen at events and parties in the past. Who better than to come teach us the basics of stage makeup than the owner of this business!

Character Images by Jesse Black

https://www.curiouserentertainment.org/


I am so pleased to have teamed up with Sarah to share what you need to know about applying stage makeup for your young dancer. Enjoy!


What you’ll need:

Foundation. Beauty Blender. Blush. Blush Brush. Eyebrow Pencil. Lip Liner. Lipstick. Mascara.

Tip:

You can take your young dancer to Ulta or Sephora where they can help you find shades to match for foundation, blush, eyebrow pencil, lip liner and lipstick.

Here is what we used on our model:

You should be able to find these products at places like Ulta, Target, CVS and other drug stores. If you are looking for the most chemical free brands check out Beauty Counter. I know a local rep if you need one.

Foundation - Total Control Drop Foundation - Brand: NYX - Colors: Porcelain TCDF03 and Vanilla TCDF06

Foundation - Total Control Drop Foundation - Brand: NYX - Colors: Porcelain TCDF03 and Vanilla TCDF06

Real Techniques by Sam & Nic - Base & Finish dual-ended expert sponge - Full Coverage Foundation + Contour

Real Techniques by Sam & Nic - Base & Finish dual-ended expert sponge - Full Coverage Foundation + Contour

Blush - Brand: e.l.f. - Color: Blushing - Number: 21643

Blush - Brand: e.l.f. - Color: Blushing - Number: 21643

Blush Brush - Brand: e.l.f. - Blush Brush - Number: 84011

Blush Brush - Brand: e.l.f. - Blush Brush - Number: 84011

Eyebrow Pencil - Brand: Covergirl - Color: 515 Honey Brown - Easy Breezy Brow Fill + Define

Eyebrow Pencil - Brand: Covergirl - Color: 515 Honey Brown - Easy Breezy Brow Fill + Define

Lip Liner & Lipstick - Brand: NYX - NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner - Color: SMLL25 Whipped Caviar - NYX Matte Lipstick - Color: MLS09 Natural

Lip Liner & Lipstick - Brand: NYX - NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner - Color: SMLL25 Whipped Caviar - NYX Matte Lipstick - Color: MLS09 Natural

Mascara - Brand: e.l.f. - Lash Extending - Color: Black

Mascara - Brand: e.l.f. - Lash Extending - Color: Black

As a dancer you are using your body to express yourself but you are also using your face to tell the story. The two most important parts of your face are your eyes and your lips so you want them to be able to pop on the stage under the bright lights.
— Sarah Callahan Black

Foundation:

The purpose of applying foundation for stage makeup is to add color to the face. We want to combat the strong lights of the stage which tend to wash us out. So the goal is not to fully cover the face in foundation but just to add color. Moisturizing the skin before hand can help you blend the foundation easier. Tap the sponge on the skin and use a bouncing technique to prevent the foundation from appearing streaky.

The techniques Sarah uses in applying NYX Total Drops can be used for all brands. She prefers this foundation because it is affordable and easy to blend shades to match the skin. A little foundation can go a long way.

Eyebrows:

Lightly fill in the young dancer’s natural eye brows. We are not drawing a new shape. You can also use an eyebrow brush to blend the color better.

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If your young dancer is blonde choose an eyebrow color one or two shades darker than their hair. If your dancer has dark brown hair go with one or two shades lighter.”
— Sarah Callahan Black

Mascara:

Mascara is perfect for young dancers to open the eye for the stage. Giving your dancer somewhere to look while you apply makeup (like down at the collar of your shirt or up at the clock on the wall) will be helpful. Sometimes when someone is doing our makeup we don’t know where to look. It’s natural to blink while mascara is being applied and it can actually help curl the eyelash up. Depending on their age- if your dancer feels more comfortable trying to apply the mascara themselves, it might be a great time to let them. Since stage makeup will become part of their routine as a performer it’s great for them to get practice. Wiggling the brush a bit while applying will help coat all the lashes. Use a q-tip right after an accidental mascara smudge on the skin. It is easiest to remove the smudge right away before the mascara dries.

Blush:

Apply blush with your blush brush. If you aren’t able to visit an Ulta or Sephora for help, choose a soft bright blush. Put the powder on the apples of the cheeks. This might not be where you normally apply blush for your everyday makeup but on the stage makeup is a little more over the top to add color and vibrance to the face under the bright lights. If the blush you choose has a translucent quality you can build on it. Once you put a powder on it’s recommended not to go back over it with a liquid.

Putting blush along the temples is a trick from Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist. She always had blush along her temples. It was a trick she believed made her look young and flush.
— Sarah Callahan Black

Lips:

Sarah prefers to start with lip liner at the corner of the mouth drawing along the line of the lip. We want to enhance seeing the dancer’s facial features on the stage. We don’t want to make the performer look overdone or older than they are. Fill in the lips with the liner. This will help keep the lipstick on between performances when the dancer takes a drink of water or snacks during intermission. Put the lipstick on over the lip liner you used to fill in.

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Thank you Sarah of Curiouser Entertainment for coming in to share all this great information with me and our dance mom followers!


Thank you to our local dancer Addilyn for being our model for the day!

Thank you to our local dancer Addilyn for being our model for the day!