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5 Smart Tips for Theater & Performance Makeup

Stage makeup is an art that requires practice. If you're performing under bright lights, then it's imperative that you learn about these five smart tips for theater and performance makeup.

Use Makeup Primer

Applying primer gives you a flawless base from which to start your makeup application. Primer minimizes pores, evens skin tone and provides a smoother surface for the rest of the makeup. Not only will foundation go on easier, but also it will last longer with primer. Primer also tends to be more skin-friendly, preventing the foundation from clogging up your pores as it might usually do.

Choose a Darker Foundation

No matter what your natural skin tone may be, it will look washed out once you're under the stage lights. This means that you must wear a darker foundation than you ordinarily would. A good rule of thumb is to use a foundation that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. And of course, never go lighter.

Play Up Your Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul, and that's doubly true for the stage performer. Rely on liquid eyeliner to avoid the smudging that is common with crayons and pencils. Draw the line on both the upper and lower lids beyond the eye itself to make your eyes look larger. False eyelashes help too. Invest in a quality set to make certain that you get the best in appearance and functionality.

Blush and Eyeliner are Musts for Men

Boys and men tend to be reluctant to wear makeup, but performing under the bright lights washes out their faces as much as anyone else's. Some men draw the line at mascara and eyeliner, but this is a mistake. Eye makeup really allows the audience to see your reactions and enter into your emotions. Learn to apply eye makeup the right way, and it will enhance your performance.

Use a Good Makeup Remover

Using heavy makeup is hard on your skin. That's why it's essential to remove it the right way. Coconut oil is one of the most effective makeup removers there is, especially for long-wearing makeup products like waterproof mascara. However make sure that your child uses soap and water to remove the coconut oil afterward. Not only does this natural oil cleanse away even the heaviest eye makeup, but also it nourishes skin. To use coconut oil to remove makeup, allow a small amount to liquefy in your hands, then rub gently on your face. Rinse with warm water, and pat your skin dry.

We know makeup can be a bit of stressful expectation for performances, among other things, but there are plenty of tips out there to help you make it go as smooth as possible. If you want to look like a pro when you step on stage, then these makeup tips will help you get there. Just remember that skillfully applied makeup will help you be seen, and is one of the keys to a memorable performance.

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