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Hair &  Make-Up for Shows


  1. For main stage shows, natural hair color only unless told otherwise.

  2. Do your hair first before makeup. But if your hair is down for a show, use a hairband to pull it back from your face so your foundation goes all the way to the hairline.

  3. Before you start hair and makeup wear a shirt or jacket that buttons/zips. Less likely that you will smudge all the great work you are about to do.

  4. Hair must be slicked back out of the face.  Pinned back for short hair, buns: High (classical) or low (romantic), or French Twist.


Materials Needed

• strong rubber band

• Bobbie pins

• hairnet


Bun tutorial videos here and here.


• Long hair: twist very tightly

• Short hair: can loosen a little for a more full bun or try two twists

• Bobbie pin flat to head – do not stack so it looks like a cone

• Hairnet is a must! Keeps the straggler pieces from flying out

• Pin hairs that do not get into the ponytail

• High buns are centered at the rounded part of your head.

• Low Buns are nape of neck but this also depends on how long your hair is.


French twist

Top to bottom is more secure for dance

Really hard for long hair

1. Very high ponytail – no rubber band

2. Make sure you find out which direction other dancers are twisting if you are dancing in a group.

3. Twist down and then tuck under on inside of the French twist

4. Fan open hair and Bobbie pin securely


FYI - Hair for dance and acrobatic classes is completely out of the way. Buns are a great idea!

General Stage Makeup


Goal: to contour your face with natural tones so you can be expressive to the balcony


Steps to Apply Makeup

1. Clean skin

2. Light moisturizer or serum

3. Liquid foundation and concealer

4. Blush (youth & adult) and contour (adult)

5. False eyelashes (adult)

6. Eye shadow

7. Eye liner

8. Mascara

9. Eyebrow

10. Lipstick


1. Clean skin

• General face wash if you don’t have makeup.

• Makeup wipes or cream based face wash with wash cloth

• Eye makeup remover


< False Eyelashes: put on first so they can dry. >


2. Light moisturizer or serum

• Hydrates skin

• If you have naturally oily skin, very light or none might be needed. Experiment.


3. Liquid foundation and concealer

• Slightly lighter than skin tone.


4. Blush and contour

• Blush on cheekbone.

• Contour on bottom

5. Eye Shadow

Goal is to open the eye.

• Avoid dark colors like blacks and grays.

• Can use soft browns for the crease. Contouring the crease helps in creating the illusion of deeper set eyes, which in turn, make them appear larger. Use a matte brown shade from the outer corner to the crease and blend well.

• Add a little white in the inside corner of your eye.


6. Eye liner

• Don’t overload on the eyeliner. This only makes the eyes look smaller.

• Possibly even start center of eyelid and go out.

• Wings


7. Mascara

• If not using false eyelashes use mascara that elongates.

• Curling eyelashes can help.

• Mascara on bottom lashes.


8. Eyebrows

• Shape to lift eyes. These frame your eyes.

• Pencil in light areas and darken.


9. Lipstick

• Red: not too bright (no clowns, please) and not too dark (purple lips on stage).

• Might have to mix a couple of colors to get the right one that works with your costume.

• Stains are a good idea but make sure you have proper make-up remover to get it off and that your lips are moisturized before using them.


Other Do’s and Don’ts for Theater

• No earrings or jewelry. Leads can have small diamond studs.

• Nude leotard for under costumes.

• Bring a hand towel and wash cloth.

• No nail polish

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