Dance Hair and Makeup Tutorial
Forgive the lack of postings lately, my mind and energy has been taken up with stage mom duties this week. My organizational talents have been pulled to the feminine art of beauty. We have been practicing dance routines and pulling together costumes, hair and makeup. Dress rehearsal was the first chance to test all of this out.
Since I know at least one of my readers is interested in styling children for an upcoming wedding, I thought I would share what I have learned.
At first, the hair style needed for our production was a bun. I was happy because a bun is a very easy hairstyle for me to do on my children and one that we wear to ballet practice each week. But then, because my children are wearing hats for their costume, it was decided that buns would not work under the hats and long, curly hair was needed instead. Long, curly hair is gorgeous but also the most labor intensive style for us as we are starting with long, straight hair. Here is how we pulled it off.
For the performance, I am going to put rag curlers on both girls. The rag curlers are also great because you can wash them in the washing machine after each use.
The last time I posted about stage makeup was for a ballet production. This time it was for tap dancing. We were given a makeup sheet that showed a beautiful picture of Rihanna with smoky eyes and bright red lips and told to copy the picture as closely as possible. It is beautiful makeup but I had never done makeup like that before.
I sent emails off to two of the major drugstore-brand cosmetics companies asking for help in figuring out which of their long-wearing products to choose for this look. The first reply came back that their makeup products were not tested for use on children and therefore the company would make no recommendations for me. I thought this was an odd response from a PR perspective as if the products might not be safe for use on children why would I be confident that they are safe for adult use? The response from the second company gave an off-topic response about how to match foundation to your skin tone. So, essentially, the makeup companies were no help at all.
It was YouTube to the rescue. The ladies with makeup channels on YouTube were full of suggestions about the best products to use and they showed exactly how to create a given look. I browsed a couple of videos about how to do a smoky eye look on fair skin. This video from Chloe Morello was particularly helpful about how to do a glossy red lip.
Makeup technology is constantly changing and even since I last was doing stage makeup two years ago, there are many new products on the market. I learned from the YouTube videos about eye shadow primer, eye lacquers for eye lining and lip stains instead of lipstick. After about $40 at our local pharmacy and grocery store makeup counters, I had the supplies I needed.
When I finished with all the hair and makeup I was a bit surprised to see my daughters looking like teenagers. They loved it, of course!
When it comes to stage makeup for children, however, the key factor is wearability. I was interested to use the eye primer this time because it it supposed to help keep the eyeshadow on and it did. The eye lacquer liner also held up beautifully. It did not run at all, even after a few tears. The red lipstick, however, was no match for my 5-year old. The brand we used smudged very easily. I was constantly having to fix her lipstick smears. (Diaper wipes are great for this.) By the end of rehearsal, the lipstick was completely gone from my 5-year-old but it did hold up on my 8-year old.
As for removing the makeup, we used eye makeup remover pads and it all came off relatively easily. The waterproof mascara and eye lacquer however did require multiple applications of the remover. Baby oil or mineral oil would probably work too.