We often hear two common questions from parents as we get ready for show time, “Why does my child need to wear makeup?” “Why so much makeup? They are too young.”

Your concerns about applying makeup to your child’s face, especially your younger children, are understandable. We are here to help you understand the reasons why it is important for your performer to wear stage makeup. We are sharing the top 4 reasons why stage makeup is essential for all performances. Once you finish reading, we promise that you will be less hesitant to have stage makeup applied to your superstars face.

There is one main purpose for stage makeup. Dancers wear stage makeup to enhance their facial features to be visibly clear to the audience. Stage makeup is the only way we can clearly see your performers face from the audience/photos/DVDS. In other words, their beautiful faces won’t be drowned out with the harsh stage lights. Don’t worry your child does not look like a clown!

1. Stage Makeup Enhances Dancers’ Facial Features

It is extremely important to understand that without stage makeup, a dancer’s facial features will not be defined or visibly clear to the audience. Stage makeup creates a clear face from a distance. Unlike everyday regular makeup, stage makeup is more dramatic so that the dancer’s facial features are more pronounced.

There are some basic components of stage makeup that you will need for your dancer: makeup primer, foundation (slightly browner than your skin tone), eyeshadow, (bright colours) eyeliner (Black/dark brown or glitter), mascara (optional for younger ones), blush (pink, peach, bronze), and lipstick (ALWAYS RED), without red lipstick, the audience will not be able to see the dancer’s mouth, including their smile. For older pupils fake eyelashes would also be required.

Make sure your stage makeup is hypo-allergenic, waterproof, long-lasting and most of all suitable for sensitive skin.

2. Distance Can Drowned out the Facial Features and Expressions of a Dancer

Have you ever attended an orchestra performance or a music concert and noticed that the individuals performing appeared to be faceless people in action?

If your dancer does not have on stage makeup, this is how your dancer will appear on stage—as a faceless dancer. Theatre, concert hall, and auditorium stages are huge. These stages are also elevated and are a distance away from the audience. The distance from the stage to the first row can be up to 100 feet. Wherever your seated you want to see your dancer’s joy, excitement, nervousness, bravery, talent and/or shyness. Stage makeup will help your dancer’s facial features look bigger, brighter, and more pronounced on stage.

Eyeliner is used to emphasize the dancer’s eyes to help them standout from afar. Both female and male dancers wear eyeliner to define their eyes. For male dancers, eyeliner is applied in basic form. For female dancers, eyeliner can be applied in basic form or with a wing to make the eyes look more feminine.

3. Stage Lighting Can Wash Out a Dancer’s Face

If your dancer does not have on stage makeup and they are performing on a stage with bright, shinning lights, their face and facial expressions will be washed out and hard to see. You want the stage lighting to enhance your performers facial features not wash them out. For performances, stage lighting works to highlight and place emphasis on where the audience should place their eyes. Stage lighting also works to set the mood or tone of the scene/dance.