Competition & Recital Makeup Tips & Tricks from the Beauties Behind the Curtain

We know that a dancer's love and passion for dancing is what really makes them shine when they're on stage, but a great costume and a pop of makeup and really accent their look, too! We chatted with our very own photo shoot stylists to get their take on the best tips and tricks for perfecting your stage look!
Holly&Kimberly

Meet Our Stylists
Holly Boyer, owner of Extreme Beauty Makeup, has had over 10 years of cosmetology. One of her many inspirations is Pat McGrath, who is a front-runner in her field and one of the most innovative artists in the industry. Holly’s favorite look for the stage is a good neutral smokey eye and a killer pair of false eyelashes!

Kimberly Harvey has been turning her friends' hair and makeup into masterpieces for as long as she can remember. At the age of 19, she began working professionally in a salon, in the following years continued to work in the industry with different makeup companies. Recently, she has began to focus on the bridal industry, special events, and photo shoots (like Curtain Call)! One of her inspirations in the hair industry is Celebrity Hair Stylist Jen Atkin, and for makeup, Tom Pecheux! Kimberly's go-to look for the stage is a pretty neutral eye shadow, HUGE lashes, and bold lips!

Tips & Tricks:

  • When applying false eyelashes, allow for the adhesive to dry for 30–45 seconds before adhering to the lash line. In doing this, the adhesive will become tacky and allow for easier application.
  • Use a damp beauty blender sponge to pack on a no-color powder under the eyes. After applying concealer, allow for the powder to “bake” for 5 minutes before dusting away the excess powder.
  • Use a sponge to press powder into the skin rather than dust, this will allow for a longer wear.
  • For those that may not have a steady hand, use an angled brush when applying liner. To even out any imperfections, use a similar color shadow to smudge out the liner.
  • For younger dancers, give them a more natural look with neutral eye makeup and a pop of lip gloss or a tinted lip balm.
  • When using a curler to style hair, start off with a setting spray before curling and top it off with a finishing spray for extra hold.
  • Primer, Primer, Primer! It’s a girl’s best friend! Use a primer before applying eye shadow or anything to the face to increase wear time.
  • For the stage, use a foundation one shade darker than natural skin tone to avoid appearing pale from the stage lights. Bronzer works well too!
  • Always set makeup with a setting spray after applying makeup, then apply a translucent powder to lock in your look and cut down on any dewiness.
  • Avoid setting powder flashback by blending it extremely well during application.
  • Avoid using cream under the eyes, it will make the under eye look dry and potentially cakey in photos.

Top Ten Makeup Bag Essentials:
1. Urban Decay – All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray1
2. BECCA – Shimmering Skin Protector Pressed Highlighter2
3. Laura Mercier – Translucent Loose Setting Powder3
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz Pencil4
5. i.ENVY – Super Strong Hold Eyelash Adhesive

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6. Ardell Professional – Demi Wispies Eyelashes

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7. NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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8. Clinique – Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm 8
9. Crest – 3D Whitestrips

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10. Tweezerman – Tweezers

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