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Stage Makeup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Stage Makeup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When you're on stage trying to remember your lines or the next dance move, you don't want to be worrying about your makeup. Make sure to avoid these common mistakes and you'll look great from Act I to the final curtain call. 


Skipping Foundation

Ditching the foundation on stage is a huge no-no; You need a smooth, perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup to work. 

Perhaps worse than skipping it is using the wrong shade or using too much. If you go too dark or light, it's going to stand out under the harsh stage lighting and could end up looking like a mask. 

Using too much will look cakey and fake. Rather than applying more, use something with better coverage. We love Mehron makeup for this - their creamstick foundations go on silky smooth and offer excellent coverage.

When you're finished, be sure to set your foundation with translucent powder to keep the shine and sweat at bay.

Skimping on Makeup

Your everyday look might be perfect over a coffee date indoors, but if you try to use that look onstage you'll look washed out and flat. Considering the bright lights and the fact that the audience is far away, you need a lot more makeup than you might think.

Don't be afraid to layer on the blush, bronzer, shadow, etc. It might look scary up close and personal, but from the audience, it'll be perfect.

Not Using Waterproof Products

Whether it's dramatic tears or dripping sweat, if you're not using waterproof mascara and eyeliner, you're asking for raccoon eyes. 

Especially when it comes to your eye makeup, you need to use waterproof. 

Bare Brows

If you're not filling in your brows, they're probably too light from the audience's perspective. 

Sound like no big deal? It is! The eyebrows are the cornerstone of so many facial expressions; You really lose that if your brows are washed out.

Make sure to darken them up a bit so the audience can see every furrowed brow and surprised expression.

Lower Lash Blackout

If you apply black liner to your lower lash line, from the audience, it'll make your eyes look smaller. 

Instead, try using white liner. It brightens and opens the eyes - exactly what you want up on stage.

Too Much Glitter

We all love some glitz and glam, but too much glitter can be overwhelming and distracting. 

If you're going to use it, do so sparingly, applying only to one area.

Do you want the audience paying attention to your performance...or your over-glittered, under-contoured makeup? Remember these stage makeup mistakes and avoid them so you can feel confident up on stage.

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