There’s a good chance you’ve forgotten about the stage makeup that’s been sitting in your closet since last season. But if you don’t give your beauty products a close look before show time, you could end up with a nasty eye infection and blotchy-looking skin. We asked professional makeup artist Tonya Noland just how long you can keep using your makeup before it’s time to throw it out. —Megan Kirsch
How long can I keep my…?
Up to one year. You’ll know it’s time for your liquid foundation to go when it appears separated and you have to shake it before use.
Up to one year. This applies to powder eye shadow, too. Throw these out sooner if they’re not applying smoothly.
Mascara and liquid liner
About six weeks. If you keep them longer, you could get bacteria in your eyes, resulting in a stye or infection—yikes!
*Pencil liner will last longer than liquid—just sharpen it before each use.
Put Your Best Brush Forward
• Pick up a brush-cleaning solution at your local drug store and clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. We love using Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner, but you can also use regular shampoo—simply lather up each brush with a dime-sized drop and rinse with warm water.
• Leave at least six to eight hours between cleaning and your next use to allow the brushes to fully dry. Air-dry your brushes instead of blow-drying to ensure they maintain their shape.
• Brushes from professional makeup lines tend to last longer. An affordable and trustworthy option is Sonia Kashuk’s collection (available at Target).
Did You Know?
Paying your dance friend a compliment might just help her nail that tricky combination. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, a group of Japanese researchers found that the area of the brain activated when we receive a compliment causes us to perform better. So when you’re backstage practicing, be sure to remind your classmate just how beautiful her port de bras is.
Lucky Number 7
Eat more carrots, be happier? According to a new study from the University of Warwick, people who eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health. So if you’ve been feeling bummed out lately, throw a few “happy snacks” (apple slices, baby carrots, grapes, bananas) in your dance bag to munch on before and after rehearsal.
You know the rule: Perfect nail polish or no nail polish at all. The next time you’re in a time crunch and notice a chip, swipe the tips of your nails with some super-sparkly polish. You’ll love your glitter French mani—and no one will suspect what’s hiding underneath.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.