Dancing is a sweat inducing activity. Performers even need to take into consideration the lights of a stage and their costumes so it gets even harder. This is why a dedicated team of hair and makeup artists are needed for such performances. They need to be trained on how to combat sweat and strong lights to ensure that dancers still look good during their performances.
If you’re a budding performer and you have recitals coming up, here are tips to ensure that your makeup is sweat proof and dance proof!
Use a Primer
A lot of people skip primers because they feel like it’s an unnecessary expense. But the truth is, primers are best sellers for most brands for a reason! They’ve come up with different formulas that include primers to make your makeup sweat proof.
Look for a primer with Dimethicone in it because that keeps your oil at bay. In addition to this, applying your foundation or any kind of base becomes easier as well. No need to worry about taking too much time in buffing in your favorite paint sticks.
Set with a Good Powder
The best powder for dance recitals are the finely milled loose powders because they do wonders for setting. When a powder is air light and thin, dancers get to avoid caking caused by sweating from dancing. Creasing is a problem you need to control because it can be detrimental to your whole look. You might even need to re-do the whole thing if this happens.
Good brands include Too Faced, Laura Mercier and Makeup Forever. If you’re on a budget, you may check out Coty Airspun. It’s a really popular drugstore brand for a powder and it’s translucent so it works for most skin tones.
If loose powder is too messy for you, then we suggest you go for matte pressed powders instead. Theater actors usually go for MAC, Kryolan or Absolute New York.
Use a Setting Spray
Setting sprays contain PVP that laminates your look! Yes, you heard that right – LAMINATES. It means that if you find the right setting spray for you, you can be sure your makeup doesn’t melt when you dance. Dancers even go as far as using this on their bodies when they use face paint for their roles.
Make sure to check out testers or reviews when purchasing a setting spray because some can be quite sticky. Those kinds of finishing sprays are not good for dancers because they make you feel uncomfortable and they have the tendency to stain on costumes. Go for other brands as well that disperse as mists and dry quickly.
Keep Everything Matte & Water Proof
All the other elements of your makeup should be matte and water proof. This has been a trend in the past few years so you won’t have trouble looking for this in makeup stores.
For instance, when you want to wear mascara, choose something that is waterproof so that the product doesn’t scatter all over your eyes. The same is true for your eyeshadows. Also, if you use false eyelashes, go for latex eyelash glues because they’re the best kinds!
There are matte lipsticks as well that will not smudge all over your face. This is what dancers use especially if they need to stick their faces in surfaces or on skin during choreographies.
Do know that these are general tips. In the grand scheme of things, you will still highly rely on your skin type when purchasing makeup for your dance recital. For instance, if you have dry or patchy skin, we recommend you use a hydrating primer instead of a mattifying one just to even out your skin texture. If you tend to oil up a lot, then that’s the time you go for mattifying ones!