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Unveiling the Perfect Performance Look: Hair and Makeup Tips for Competition Dance Teams

Welcome to our dance studio blog, where we are delving into the world of stage presence with our competition dance team members, parents, and dancers! Whether you're a seasoned performer or just stepping onto the stage for the first time, nailing the perfect hair and makeup look is essential for making an unforgettable impression under the spotlight. Today, we're sharing some expert tips and step-by-step instructions to help you achieve that flawless performance glow.

1. Preparing Your Canvas: Moisturize and Prime

Before diving into the world of makeup, it's crucial to start with a clean and moisturized face. Hydrating your skin ensures that your makeup will apply smoothly and last throughout your performance. Once your skin is prepped, apply a primer suited to your skin type. Primer not only helps to create a smooth base for makeup application but also ensures that your look stays put under the bright lights.

Recommended primer:

2. Foundation and Concealer: Flawless Complexion

For that flawless stage complexion, opt for a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Blend it evenly using a makeup sponge or brush, paying extra attention to areas that need more coverage. Concealer comes next to hide any imperfections or dark circles under the eyes. Remember to blend well for a seamless finish.

Recommended foundation:

3. Eye-catching Eyeshadow: Adding Dimension

Choose eyeshadow shades that complement your costume and the theme of your performance. Start with a neutral base shade, then build up the intensity with darker shades in the crease and outer corners. Shimmer can add an extra pop for the stage, but be sure to blend everything well for a polished look.

Recommended eyeshadow palette:

4. Perfecting the Wing: Eyeliner

Create a dramatic winged eyeliner look to make your eyes stand out on stage. Gel or liquid eyeliner works best for achieving sharp lines. Take your time and steady your hand for precision, and don't forget to extend the wing slightly upwards to lift the eyes.

5. Luscious Lashes: Falsies or Mascara

For our younger dancers, a coat of mascara can do wonders to enhance natural lashes. However, for our older dancers looking to make a bold statement, false lashes are the way to go. Trim them to fit your eye shape, apply adhesive, and carefully place them as close to your natural lash line as possible for a seamless blend.

6. Striking Lips: Lipstick

Choose a lipstick shade that complements your overall look and coordinates with your costume. For a long-lasting finish, consider using a lip liner to outline your lips before applying lipstick. Matte formulas tend to stay put better under stage lights, but don't forget to add a touch of gloss for extra dimension.

Competition color


  1. Matte lipsticks work best and stay the longest

  2. Gloss and Chapstick can cause hair to get stuck on lips

7. Adding Warmth: Bronzer and Blush

To prevent your face from looking flat under the bright lights, add warmth and dimension with bronzer. Apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and jawline for a sculpted look. Finish off with a pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy, rosy glow.

8. Slick and Sleek: Perfecting Your Performance Hairstyle

Just as important as your makeup is your hair, which completes your overall stage look. For competitions, a clean and polished hairstyle is essential. Whether you're opting for a classic bun or a high ponytail, using gel and hairspray is key to achieving that sleek finish that will withstand the intensity of your performance. These products not only keep stray hairs in place but also ensure that your hairstyle remains pristine under the stage lights. For more specific hair styling advice tailored to your dance routines and costume choices, don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team. They'll be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations to help you rock your performance with confidence!

How to make the perfect recital bun:

Remember, practice makes perfect when it comes to mastering your stage makeup look. Experiment with different techniques and products to find what works best for you and enhances your unique features. And most importantly, wear your confidence as your best accessory—it's the key to truly shining on stage. We can't wait to see you dazzle under the lights!

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