Tag Archives: Competitions

  • 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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  • Get a Fresh Start: Tips for Cleaning Your Routine

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    By: Jerica Robinson, Relationship Manager

    Cleaning a dance is one of the most vital steps in preparing a routine. Whether it's for competition season, community showcases, or dance recitals, this process can become extremely stressful. And at this point in the year, our students become complacent. I'm going to share a few techniques you can use to clean a routine, while incorporating some fun! In my experience, three of the most helpful ways to clean a dance are breaking them into sections, video-taping, and something I like to call, adding-on.

    Break It Up

    Breaking your dance into sections will help you understand when and where your students are struggling. I like to break my dance into three different sections, and then two eight-counts at a time. By doing so, they can easily learn each section FULL OUT!! After cleaning each eight-count, we gradually speed up the tempo, before adding the music. Once all three sections have been completed, we will then take our dance in halves, using the same process. Although the process is lengthy, it works wonders.

    Hit Record

    I like to videotape the class twice, once with counts and once with music. By watching each video, I can clearly recognize when a student is delayed or anticipating a movement. You can also view the video in “slow motion” which helps you to see simple mistakes. Using this technique, it also allows the class to see any errors for themselves, while also utilizing constructive peer-editing, rather than hearing critiques from their teacher.

    Add On

    The last technique is where the fun begins, add-ons! Breaking the class into two groups is the best way to approach this technique. Starting with two of your most precise students, instruct them through the routine, critiquing as needed. Slowly, add another group of two, and so on, and so forth. By seeing routine in groups and critiquing in real time, each routine will come out cleaner than the last.

    Each of these techniques has a unique benefit and I hope you find them helpful! I also suggest, if your dancers need a little bit of a break, it's always fun to let them do the routine in groups or with an assigned partner. Like I always say, “sometimes hearing a critique from a peer, is a lot easier than the teacher drilling every week”. Remember, you want to keep things exciting to ensure a positive attitude throughout the class.

  • Staying Calm During the Competitions: Yes You Can!

    As the competition season draws closer, you know your life is going to get really hectic, really fast. Between the demands of your studio, your dancers and their parents, and your own busy personal life, you’re juggling a lot of things. Tension and stress are inevitable. But it’s what you do to manage both that really matters.

    Finding balance is important, but often hard to do. One important thing to keep in mind is that you have control, even at times when it may feel like you don’t. Here are some tips to help you find the balance you need during these next few crazy months:

    • Set realistic expectations. No, you can’t do it all; nobody can. You’re likely harder on yourself than anyone else is, so cut yourself a little slack!
    • Don’t waste time worrying about what you can’t control—the weather, what others do or don’t do. Control the things you can; let the others go.
    • Give yourself a break. When you’re going in every direction, 24/7, your mind and body don’t get a chance to rest. Take a break—even if it’s only for a few minutes—to get away from the pressure we all have.
    • Avoid excess—excess food, excess adult beverages, excess anything. What you put in your body affects your mood.
    • Find time for exercise, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block or your neighborhood. Exercise releases endorphins that can give you a boost. Move your body every day, as much and as often as you can.
    • Don’t take things too personally. Yes, you will encounter angry parents. Yes, you will receive both compliments and complaints—take both into consideration, but don’t take it personally!
    • Let go of the “should-a, would-a, could-a’s.” We are all our own worst critics. Don’t focus on regrets or worry about past events you can no longer control. Move on.
    • Have fun! Never forget why you do what you do. Because you love it!

    As you dive into this very hectic competition season, keep these tips in mind. Keep us in mind as well. Curtain Call is here to help with any last minute costume or dance wear needs you may have.

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