How To Do Stage Makeup



How To Do Stage Makeup

Applying makeup for stage shows is very different from what we do every day. It is not at all a “No-makeup” look as you have to make your features visible to the person sitting at the back corner as well. The lights will fade your makeup 50%, which is why you have to use darker shades than your usual ones. So, stage makeup from a very close distance is a little terrifying in general, but when you’ll see it from a distance, it’ll look perfect.

So here is the article on how to nail the look…


Prepping your skin for stage shows is very important as you have to stay really long on the stage without getting a chance to do touchups. So start with primer, that will not only make a base for your foundation, but will also allow it to go on smooth and evenly.


Go for a foundation with high coverage and dot it on your face. Now take your favorite sponge or brush and fully blend it in. Make sure you apply foundation on your neck as well.


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My tip: Go for a foundation 1-2 shades darker than your usual one. This is because stage lights tend to wash out skin tones and make you look even paler. And no SPF foundations.


As I have mentioned earlier many times that I conceal after using foundation because it allows me to see which areas on the face need more coverage. Apply a concealer under your eyes and on imperfections, like corners of lips, corners of nose, etc.


Time to set your foundation with a powder. Take a big fluffy brush and buff your face with it. This sets your makeup and prevents it from looking shinny under the lights.

Eye Brows

Big full brows are important on stage. The lights will fade them 50%, which is why you have to use darker shades than your usual ones. Use the darkest of browns or you can even apply blacks. Start filling in brows and slightly extend past natural brows.

Eye makeup

Add primer to your entire eye lid, not forgetting the under eye area. Now, the eye makeup depends on the role you are playing. But usually dramatic eye makeup looks are stage friendly. Go for super dramatic smoky eyes, cut crease eye makeup, bold winged lines and heavily kohled eyes. Experiment with shimmers and sparkles. Shimmer dusts play crucial role in stage eye makeup. Don’t forget to highlight inner corners and brow bones to open up eyes. While lining lower lash line, start lining underneath the lashes rather than lining the waterline, and line the waterline with a white pencil instead. That will make eyes look bigger.




False eye lashes are must in stage makeup.

Highlighting and Contour

Contouring and highlighting create a sense of balance, adding definition to your makeup with color. Take a matte bronzer and apply it under your cheek bones to contour. And to bronze, simply put it anywhere the sun would naturally hit. Highlighting works with contouring. For example, when you contour your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area. Apply highlighter on the bridge of your nose as well.


Roll on your brush on your favorite blush and sweep on your cheeks for a gorgeous flush of color. Blend outwards.


Go for a lip liner and lipstick that are matte or you can apply a lip stain as well. That way it will stay longer without bleeding or fading in the middle of your show. Define well your lips with a lip liner and fill in with lipstick. Apply a glittery gloss over it and that will make your lips look luscious and plumper.

Final touch

You can either use a setting spray to finish the look or just take a clean puff and buff away all cakey spots.

So that’s it. Rule the stage, its yours.

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