When it comes to applying makeup, less is usually more. But performance makeup lets you buck that adage and really get creative with your look. For go-go dancing, the more dramatic, distinctive and, of course, sexy, the better. Whereas you might curb the amount of eye makeup you wear during everyday situations, the idea here is to create an image that serves up fantasy.
Makeup tends to age the face and there are many ways to apply it to create different affects or moods. With three areas to play with--the eyes, lips and cheekbones--you can convey anything from high fashion to sickly.
To achieve a mature, sexy look, a classic technique is the smoky eye. This involves using dark liners and shadows to create intensity around the eyes by not only bringing them out but embellishing them. Using liner on the outer corners of the eyes creates a feline look that works onstage as well. Also good are fake eyelashes, which make eyes pop all on their own and come in lots of shapes and colors if you’re going really wild. And an arched, pronounced brow can also do wonders for changing the appearance of the face.
Lips should be pouty and supple. A gloss will reflect light and the color should be deep to bring out the lips. Reds usually work best here--a good one is Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick; it transforms into a range of fiery shades, from crimson to blood red. You can alter the shape with a lip pencil and prep lips with plumpers like DuWop Lip Venom, which uses a spicy, tingly blend of essential oils like cinnamon and ginger to increase circulation and enhance the natural color and shape of the lips. The cheekbones should be accented with a rich color but not a dark one--you don’t want a baby-doll look. Use a thick brush to apply blush gently upward over the cheekbones for accent.
The key to keeping the complete look intact is a good makeup base. To keep sweat at bay, use one that’s breathable and keeps your skin shine-free. Smashbox Photo Finish Light is a water-based, oil-absorbing primer that can be followed with an equally absorbent powder foundation such as Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. Of course, the dewy look can also accent the features on the face and particularly the body. So you can also use Clinique’s Dewy Smooth Anti-Aging Makeup for the face and Laura Geller’s Liquid Candlelight Face & Body Glow for the body. On the eyes, opt for powder shadow like Makeup Forever Diamond Shadow, and waterproof mascara and liner. Smashbox’s GlamourEyes line offers four great eye makeup starter kits.
Things to Avoid
Lining your eyes with solid black liner (blues actually brighten the eye whites).
Oily, shiny foundation
Foundation that’s too dark
Heavy blush on the apples of the cheeks
Stage lights make white makeup appear blue, so use cream colors to compensate.
Blue and purple often look black; brown is a better choice.
Substitute orange, red or pink for yellow makeup, which can often look like white.