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Age Appropriate Makeup Tips

When I am working with competition dancers, teachers and parents, they often ask this question… “What is ‘age appropriate makeup’ and HOW do we do it?”

I have narrowed it down to three main areas of the face to consider when doing stage makeup for a young dancer to keep them looking their beautiful, youthful selves:

EYEBROWS: I prefer using an eye shadow color that is the same as or one to two shades darker than the hair color. An eye brow pencil can leave too severe a line. Brows definitely need to be darkened but if you darken every little hair growing in the general vicinity of the eyebrow you will literally create a monster! Go to the center of the brow, and carefully, brush a line of shadow in the CENTER of the existing eyebrow. I know, you will be tempted to move that brush through the rest of the brow - just a little here, just a little there. If the urge strikes, I BEG YOU, drop the brush! A little goes a long way on the eyebrows. Blend out the center line of shadow that you just applied with a brow brush. Keep it soft and natural for young dancers. TIP: A thin, defined brow is an older, more sophisticated and dramatic look. A thin brow is more sophisticated, older, and dramatic. A thicker brow is more youthful.

CHEEKS: Okay, have you ever REALLY seen those rouge circles right smack dab on the apples of person’s cheeks? Only if they were a cartoon character or backstage at the local dance recital! Start your blush brush from the hair line blending the blush forward and then up at the apples. Try not to let the blush dip lower than the lip line. Then, blend, blend, blend. TIP: A severe blush line will add years to a young girl’s face (to anyone’s face for that matter!). A blended blush line that adds freshness to the cheeks keeps the face young looking.

LIPS: Every artist has there preferences. My personal artistic lip color preference for a young dancer (13 and under) is a beautiful, natural, deep rose color of lipstick as opposed to a bright red. We can see a young dancer’s lips on stage even if they do not wear red. In the ballet, Romeo and Juliet, would Juliet wear red lipstick? I think not. She is young and she is innocent. A rose toned color like JAM cosmetics, “Wild Child” long-lasting lipstick, gives enough color for us to see the expression on the face, which shows the emotion of the dancer. THAT is what is important. Red lipsticks are fabulous, amazing…I can’t live without them. But I would tempt you to try something new this year…

Just like a tendu will always be a tendu…stage makeup techniques always come back to the understanding and technical development of the basics. Technique is just as important in makeup as it is in dance and makes a world of difference when you practice!

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