Uniformity Onstage: Recital Makeup


Christine Dion, CEO of Mode Dion

It's recital time and that means making sure everyone has their dance moves down and their costumes looking sharp. But what about makeup? Performers need uniform, easy to apply, long lasting stage makeup to enhances features and is age appropriate. Street makeup just won't do. Stage makeup is designed to be perspiration resistant and has richer pigments than street makeup so it shows up under stage lights. Application is also important as even the best stage makeup applied incorrectly can distort and over power features.

Keeping your makeup application uniform is very important and truly improves the overall look of the show. Here are a few tips below to create a complete stage face:

Twinkle Stars (dancers ages 3-6)

Children have cute little faces that are bright and animated but on stage their small more delicate features can fade and be hard to see. A little makeup on these tiny performers applied correctly goes a long way. Children are not at ease with someone poking around their eyes and hate keeping still for any length of time. Mascara, liner, and lipstick can prove particularly difficult. Twinkle Stars look sweet in pink lips and cheeks. Here are a few easy make-up techniques that have worked well for me.

Click here for steps, tips and video for Ages 3-6

Show Stars Minis and Juniors (dancers ages 5-12)

Choosing Eyeshadow Color

Keep eye shadow neutral. Choose between a dark brown or burgundy brown tone to define, a peach warm tone to balance eyes along the bone and a light cream highlight shade for the lid and under brows to lift and open eyes. Our eyeshadow double as eye liners due to the rich pigment content so this does make lining easier but application is the same for pencils as well. It is best to avoid liquid liners as they can come across to bold and heavy. Be sure to leave open lines at the eye corners for the White Pencil to be applied in between. Shimmer can really enhance features especially on cheek bones, inner eye corners, on center of eye lids even at the center of lips.

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Choosing Lip Color

It can be a nice look for a Junior to be in a softer lip shade than the bold true reds often used for stage on a more mature performer. However if your Junior performers are dancing with the Senior performers throughout the recital then all should be in the same lip shade for better uniformity. These colors have been carefully selected to compliment skintones, look great under stage lights and still be age appropriate. Choose between a soft red like our Rhubarb or a true red like our Stage Red Lip Duos.

Click here for tips and video on stage lips.

Choosing Cheek Color

A soft red tone is best and should compliment the lip shade. Be sure to stay away from orange under tones as they quickly turn under hot lights.

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Be sure to see our Twinkle Stars and Show Stars makeup looks live in the wonderful Fashion Show at the Twinkle Star Dance Annual Conference July 12-14 in Orlando, FL. Learn more here:

About Christine

Christine Dion has been guiding new performer's in the Talent Industry for over 35 years as an Author, Columnist, Speaker, Artist and Image Consultant. Her background includes: New model development for ELITE Modeling Agency, Director of John Casablanca's Modeling School L.A., Head Instructor for John Robert Powers Finishing School, Beverly Hills & Owner/Director of MODE DION Image & Self Development Center, L.A.. Christine has created numerous television shows and videos on self improvement. She has worked with pageant queens, actors, models, dancers and children of public figures with the goal they look and feel their very best in the public eye. As a professional makeup artist Christine has worked internationally for commercials, television, fashion photography and theater. She created Mode Dion Cosmetics for the special needs of performers. As an author Christine has written and created numerous national beauty columns for leading industry magazines, and wrote the popular book "High Performance Beauty" (Princeton Press). Her latest book "RISING STAR Skills to Empower & Achieve" is a must read for performers seeking success in the Talent Industry. She currently speaks across the country educating performers on Beauty, Professional Makeup and Public Image. See more about Christine Dion, her makeup artistry and training articles at