The Top 10 Performance Makeup Mistakes and How to FIX Them

In the 10 years I was a dancer in NYC,The Top 10 Performance Makeup Mistakes and How to FIX Them Articles I saw attractive young women load their faces with makeup wildly before performances. Again and again, I bore witness to how bad makeup skills backstage can go terribly wrong! I learned, as a makeup artist, IF used properly how makeup can draw attention to our positive features and aid us in creating our best possible version of ourselves.

In no specific order these are my Top 10 Performance Makeup Mistakes.

1) MISTAKE: Your Eyebrows are gone! WHY? Eyebrows show the emotional expression of the face. Lose your eyebrows, lose expression.

FIX IT: Use an angled eyeliner makeup brush to fill in the natural brow shape with a pressed mineral eye shadow powder. Chose a color powder that matches or is a little darker than your hair color. Doing this enhances and frames the eyes in a more natural way than with an eyebrow pencil.

2) MISTAKE: Using Black pencil eyeliner inside of the lower lash line. WHY? It makes the eyes look smaller on stage. Even though this can be a great use of makeup for TV, fashion shows, print ads, and in person it is not effective for stage performances.

FIX IT: In order to brighten the eyes and make them look bigger use a WHITE Highlighter Pencil on the inside lower lash line and on the outside corner of the eyes.

3) MISTAKE: Using a black pencil liner under the eye and too far in to the inner corner. WHY? You want your eye to have more of an almond shape this technique gives your eye a very rounded shape and it can lead to the dancer appearing “cross-eyed”.

FIX IT: Use a dark brown eye shadow color used with an eyeliner makeup brush as a liner under the eye starting under the pupil and brushing out. Follow the natural curve of the eye with the brush. In order to give the appearance that the whites of your eyes are large and open do NOT connect the upper lash liner and the lower lash liner.

4) MISTAKE: Applying the darkest level of eye shadow color that goes up to the eyebrow from the crease of the eye and too close to the nose. WHY? The eyes look like black holes, they are big and convey no emotion. The “Smokey-eyed look” does NOT work on stage for the same reasons.

FIX IT: Avoid going so high with the contour color that it hits the eyebrow. Use an eye shadow brush that is small and angled. Add the darker color to crease area focusing on the outer half of the eye and avoid bringing dark contour color too far in towards the nose.

5) MISTAKE: Not wearing foundation for stage performances. WHY? Wearing makeup without a foundation looks spotty and blotchy when you get sweaty also when doing a quick touch-up.

FIX IT: Use foundation to create a clean, smooth surface for the makeup to go on. Use a mineral oil free/non-comedogenic, lightweight, water resistant foundation. This will keep your makeup looking professional and smooth all day long!