Article on Stage Make Up
As performers, stage makeup becomes a big part of our
onstage image. We can use makeup to accentuate the facial
characteristics, or to change a face entirely. Makeup is
needed for stage presence and visibility of expression. Here
are some tips for on stage dancers:
polish should be worn on stage.
For general ballet stage
makeup; a bright red lipstick is necessary, any other
color will get washed out. You can use red glitter on your
lips as well.
Eyes need to be widened and
enlarged in most ballets. The use of false
eyelashes is a good way to bring them out.
spray glitter can be used on
hair, it comes out as shine on the stage.
Be sure to follow the exact
instructions of your choreographer when applying your own
makeup. What looks like too much up close, is sometimes
not enough for the stage.
Makeup needs to be worn to
dress rehearsal for lighting and distance review…and for
Dancers usually carry quite a makeup kit to performances. It
is a good idea to buy all the emergency and preparation items
beforehand, to assure everything runs smoothly.
Some items to include are:
Bobbie pins/hair accessories
Glitter for hair and body
Petroleum jelly for teeth
Hair curlers and/or hot iron
Safety pins and sewing kit
Double stick tape/glue
Bandaids and ointment
Copy of the edited stage music for practice
Extra pair of tights & pointe/jazz/tap
Performers put a lot into their dance preparation, so it’d
be silly to have it all go awry over some sort of preparation
issue! Stay on top of it and your last minutes back stage can
be focused on your choreography instead of your mishaps.