Grooming – Hair and Makeup

Ballet Style Dancer:Center part with low slick bun with matching hair ties and bobby pins + hairspray

Stage Style Dancer ( Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Acro ): Center part with a low slick pony tail + matching hair tie/bobby pins + gel & hairspray

All Street Style Dancer ( Hip Hop, Breaking ) : Center part with a low slick pony tail + matching hair tie/bobby pins + gel & hairspray


Knowing how to apply stage makeup is essential for all dancers. Without it, it is impossible to see a person's face on stage. It is important to understand why performers of all ages need to wear stage makeup. As we all already know, no child needs makeup to look beautiful. Wearing makeup on stage is NOT about trying to improve your looks. It is about being seen under bright lights from a far distance. Stage lights are extremely bright and will wash out any and all facial features if no makeup is applied.

1 Basic makeup brush set
2 Cosmetic wedges
3 Foundation (1-2 shades darker than your complexion)
4 Brown eye shadow palate with at least 3 colors
5 Liquid eyeliner (black)
6 Pencil eyeliner (brown)
7 Mascara (black)
8 Blush
9 Lip Liner (red)
10 Lipstick Maybeline Super Stay "Dancer".
11 Makeup bag or case

FOR VERY YOUNG DANCERS: It can be very difficult to apply makeup to a very young child. We hear all the time that getting them to sit still long enough for hair and makeup when they are so excited about the recital can be a challenge. Also, it is important to note that not all young children like the sensation of makeup being applied (usually eyeliner and mascara), and because of this, applying certain kinds of makeup can quickly become a real challenge. If you are a brand new dance mom, or if you have a child that is very young or sensitive to certain kinds of makeup, we ask you to just try to apply what you can!

Step by step stage make-up application:

Step 1: Foundation: Please choose a color 1 to 2 shades darker than your child’s skin tone. Apply liquid foundation with fingertips or a makeup sponge. Makeup should go through the hairline, onto ears, and blend onto the neck.

Step 2: Powder: This is to matte the surface and smooth out the skin.

Step 3: Starting at the middle of the cheekbone, use a big brush to blend the blush back. Using a large blush brush (as opposed to the kind that comes with the blush) will help to blend the blush into the skin and make it look more natural.

Step 4: Eye shadow: Apply a medium brown shimmer color on the lid of the eye.

Step 5: Eye shadow: Apply a dark brown shimmer color on the crease of the eye.

Step 6: Apply the lightest color to just under the eyebrow.

Step 8: Apply mascara to lashes. Again, focus more on the top lashes and apply very little to the bottom lashes. Use the eyelash comb to help separate and extend the eyelashes after applying mascara.

Step 9: Apply lip liner first. Be sure to stay within the natural lines of the lips. Next, apply lipstick to the inside of the lips. Color stay works best because once it is on, it does not come off when a performer sweats, drinks water, or changes her costume (It is next to impossible to get red lipstick out of a light-colored costume).