How to Apply Stage Makeup for Ballet

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Ballet stage makeup is more intense than regular stage makeup, so lining the eyes in a darker color and applying bright red lipstick is customary for a classical ballet performance. Apply a ballerina's makeup with a demonstration from a professional makeup artist in this free video on stage makeup.

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Hello, my name is Keegan Hitchcock from Body Art by Keegan and we're here in Fort Lauderdale at 1 Model Place Studios. In this clip I'm going to show you how to apply stage makeup for ballet. In ballet your going to be in a big theater. We're going to make her a little bit more intense. So that everybody can see here. We want her to really stand out. So we are going to start with her eyes. We are going to line the eyes. Close your eyes please. Because this is ballet she can stand out a little bit more. We're going to use like a charcoal color rather that a more natural brown. Turn towards me please. Going to give it not too thick but enough so you can see her. Want those eyes to look beautiful and pop out while she's dancing. Extend a little on the outside if you like. For this same reason we are going to do her blush a little bit more intense. Than you would on a natural type of performance. She's a dancer, she's very pretty. She's supposed to stand out and look beautiful. Everyone wants to see her bright lively face from all the way in the back. So we're going to go little heavy on the blush. Smile for me. Make sure that you get those apples real good. Smile again, smile. All right and you want to make sure and blend outward. So you don't want to have little balls on her cheeks. So start at the apple and blend outward. OK, and her lips are kind of pinkish all ready. We're just going to kick that up a notch. We're going to take a little bit of a reddish color. All right in the center there and we are going to make sure that the outsides are lined as well. Going to take a natural color. Line here all the way around and we're going to blend that together. So we've got her eyes looking beautiful and intense. We've got her cheeks. Now her lips are done. Thank you for watching. This has been Keegan Hitchcock.

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