How I Do My Makeup for Performances // Stage Makeup Tutorial!

Hey daydreamers! You guys really seemed to like my morning routine post, so I decided to do something sort of similar to that today.

In this post, I’m basically going to be showing you how I do my makeup for shows and ballet performances, and this is pretty much how I did my makeup for Nutcracker a few weeks ago! (I miss Nutcracker so much!!! *cries*)

First off, I am in no way a professional makeup artist or anything, I have no idea what I’m doing and this is basically what I’ve figured out by experimenting and trying out products and stuff. And also, this isn’t sponsored or anything (haha as if, I wish this was sponsored lol)!

Without futher ado…my attempt at a makeup tutorial! πŸ˜‚

This is just my face pre-makeup. πŸ˜‚ Onstage, it’s really important to wear heavy makeup because the huge stage lights completely wash your face out, and you have to make sure the back row of the audience can see your facial expressions. You mainly just have to focus on brows, eyes, lips, and cheekbones.

Lol, I should know…once I was in a play and I didn’t wear ANY makeup at all, and it looks like I don’t even have a face in this picture! *Cringes*

The first thing I do is just pull my hair back into a simple ponytail, just to keep my hair out of my face.

First, I’m using a beauty blender and a Neutrogena product (I think it’s supposed to be cover up, but I sort of use it like foundation.)

Next, I apply the cover up on my chin, forehead, cheeks, and under my eyes. Then I blend everything in with the beauty blender by sort of bouncing the blender on my face and smoothing everything out with my fingers.

Next, I put some highlighter around the corners of my eyes to brighten them up a little.

Sorry this is out of focus! I’m using the light to medium matte bronzer, matte rose blush, and gold highlighter from this palate from the Nuetrogena makeup case I got for Christmas.

My face in this picture, lol! First, I take the matte bronzer and lightly dust it over my cheekbones, and blend with a beauty blender.

Next, I apply some blush to my cheekbones – a little more than I would usually do, because it needs to show up onstage. Once again, blend!

Lastly, I dust a touch of shimmery gold highlighter slightly above my cheekbones. And I – you guessed it! – blend it all in.

Onto brows! I’m using the light brown brow cream from the same case thing.

Using a brow brush, I brush on a thick line at the top of my brows, which looks really funny and strange at first, lol!

After that, I blend it together by rubbing my fingers over my brows, and then I fill in any sparse spots with the brow brush.

Next, I apply some glowy nude eyeshadow base with an eyeshadow brush. I really like using this because it smooths everything out and gives your eyes a bit of a natural glow!

Moving onto my favorite part – eyeshadow! I’m using the Candelight, Amour, Midnight, and Sparks colors from this palate, and a crease brush from a brush kit I got.

First, I dust the Candelight shade all over my lids. Then I go over that with the Amour color. After that, I brush the darker Midnight color from the bottom of my eyelids to my crease, and then go over everything with the light shimmery Sparks color.

Ta-da! Eyeshadow done, now onto lashes and eyeliner.

Doing my own eyeliner is really hard for me, so I usually have my mom do it…but I tried, and kinda failed, haha! For shows I always, always, always do winged eyeliner! I attempted a wing here and it’s kinda uneven…oh well?

Second-to-last, I apply mascara! I use this really big, thick one for onstage. I don’t know why, but mascara is really fun to put on for some reason. πŸ˜‚

Normally, when I’m in a group dance, we all have one lipstick color that we all share so we look the same, so I usually put it on there. It kinda depends on the role: sometimes it’s pink, and sometimes it’s red.

Finally, fill in your lip liner with a bright red or dark pink shade, and you’re done!

I’m pretty happy about how this turned out! The eyeliner is only a little bit messy, and the eyeshadow turned out pretty well! I probably would’ve done everything a bit more exaggerated for a real show, but I didn’t want to put a TON on because it’s hard to take it off, especially thick eyeliner. πŸ˜‚

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys found this interesting, and maybe you can use it to try out some stage makeup of your own. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Have you ever done stage makeup? Do you like makeup everyday, or only for shows and special occasions? Pink or red lipstick? Are you bad at eyeliner like me?

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28 thoughts on “How I Do My Makeup for Performances // Stage Makeup Tutorial!

  1. This is so cool. I’m not a dancer but I am an actor and have been in a TON of plays which requires heavy makeup. Yes, it’s so hard to take off! I normally don’t wear makeup but I wear natural makeup sometimes.

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      1. Yes, it definitely is!
        Yes, it’s so fun to put on and so NOT FUN to take it off.
        I don’t normally do makeup on school days because I don’t have the time but on the weekend I wear some mascara, lip gloss and a little bit of blush.

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  2. I love doing stage makeup!! It’s annoying to take off though, and it’s sooo much makeup! But it’s a lot of fun as well. That’s usually the only time I wear makeup except on special occasions. XD You look so pretty! ❀

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      1. Ohh I feel you. I didn’t wear eyeliner though lol. But my mascara washed out pretty well from all the post show tears! πŸ˜‚ (I’m pretty sure I cried after all 8 shows haha) No worries!! ❀

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  3. Cute! Tip: when you do wings, do about 1/4 the bottom lash with the eyeliner to even it out and give it a clean look. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been toying with/wearing makeup a lot recently and I’ve learned these things. XD Also, I like to use a little bit of glittery blush and mix it with foundation to make my face glisten in the spotlight. I can’t wait to try out my makeup for my spring recital.

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  4. “First off, I am in no way a professional makeup artist or anything, I have no idea what I’m doing and this is basically what I’ve figured out by experimenting and trying out products and stuff.”

    you’re one of my favorite kiddos to follow and i sincerely look forward to seeing you grow and become even more wonderful *fistbumps*

    also bravo, makeup is hard (especially when you’re sensitive like moi! *dies*)

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    1. Aw thank you! *bows gracefully* *then trips and falls flat on face* *because that seems like something I would do*
      I have sensitive skin too! After Nutcracker, which was 5 straight days of wearing stage makeup for hours and hours, I had all of these sensitive patches on my skin and they were so itchy, I had to steal my mom’s jade roller thing she keeps in the fridge and rub it all over my face for relief. XD Thanks lol!


  5. Great make-up tutorial Emmie!!
    I loved reading this and yes, I have to wear stage make up for whenever I do acting in the plays I am in. I am not that great at eyeliner either! So I normally ask one of my friends at drama to do it for me! πŸ™‚ lol
    I wear make-up basically everyday but I wear really natural make-up and sometimes I wear a bit more for special occasions and church, or sometimes for fun!! πŸ™‚

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  6. Your makeup is so pretty!

    Honey, everyone is bad at eyeliner until the get practice. You just have to figure out which eyeliner sticks for you, and work with it. Also, it’s never going to actually match, so just get it close. πŸ’œ

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