Magazine article Dance Teacher

Fresh Faces

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Fresh Faces

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THE GOODS

Follow these simple steps for age-appropriate makeup looks for your students.

Stage makeup is a key element of any performance, but no one wants to see children caked in the stuff. Here, we've adapted three looks suitable for young students, teens and male performers from makeup artist Christine Dion's book, High Performance Beauty. For the littlest dancers, it's important to go natural. (Some competitions even require a "no makeup" look.) For guys, highlight and define their features so they don't appear washed out in harsh stage lighting. Teenage girls' makeup can be a bit more dramatic, with emphasis on the eyes and lips.

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Step 1: CREATE A BASE

Apply concealer and foundation to create an even skin tone. Be sure to use a base that Is an exact match to the skin. Using a powder puff, gently dab on powder to reduce shine throughout the day, avoiding the eye area, as dryness generally occurs there. Remove excess with a brush.

Stop 2: CONTOUR WITH COLOR

Contour cheeks with a pink or brown blush. Start at the ear and work toward the nose, stopping approximately two finger spaces away from the nose. Then, carefully add color to the temples, the center of the chin and along the sides of the nose.

Step 3: ADD EYE EFFECTS

To define the eyes, use a dark brown shade of eyeshadow three quarters of the way across the eye bone, just above the crease on the eyelid. Black eyeliner or eyeshadow can extend as far as the outer ends of the eyebrows to intensify the look. Then, use white eyeliner to create a line just under the black one; this will help brighten and open the eyes.

Step 4: ENHANCE LASHES

If you plan to use false eyelashes, cut to desired length and let them set completely before applying just one coat of mascara. If not, apply a generous three coats to the upper lashes and wiggle the wand back and forth over the lower lashes.

Step 5: PERFECT THE POUT

Line lips in a neutral tone and then fill in entirely to increase lipstick's staving power. …

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