If you're a dancer with a bust, you know the struggle all too well. Wear a sports bra, and ruin the elegant lines of your leotard? Or go without support, and risk tons of pain and discomfort? The sad truth is, even when dancewear has a built-in shelf bra, that's often not enough support for the full range of ladies who dance.
Professional dancer Caterina Mercante has created a bra that promises to fix all of those issues. She calls it the ONE Bra, and it's designed specifically for dancers, with all kinds of features that could prove to be life-changing:
1. Underwire to lift and separate
2. Compression mesh in multiple shades to match skin color
3. Side attachments, so no bulging hooks in the back
4. Convertible straps
5. Removable pads
6. Available in B-D cups
But don't take our word for it. Watch this video to see the ONE Bra in action.
You got a lob, and it's adorable—but it's probably also un-bun-able. How can you keep it out of your face for class? We asked hair pro Chuck Jensen to create three dance-friendly updos that are perfect for shorter hair.
1. Tucked French BraidJayme Thorton
-Create a French braid—crossing the strands over, not under, as you go—from the top of your head to the nape of your neck.
-Braid the remaining tail of hair (as best you can) in a standard braid.
-Tuck the tail under and use hairpins to secure it, creating "X" shapes with the pins for security.
Chuck's Tip: Have slippery and/or dramatically layered hair? Wet the ends before beginning the braid, to keep them from sliding or sticking out.
2. Modified Gibson TuckJayme Thornton
-Create a deep side part.
-Grab two small pieces from one side of the part and twist them together.
-Keep picking up new pieces of hair as you twist along the side of your head, pinning at intervals to keep the twist from unraveling.
-Repeat on the other side.
-Make a ponytail, incorporating all remaining hair, at the base of your neck.
-Roll the tail upward and use hairpins to secure it at your nape.
-Gently pull the ponytail roll and the side twists together, so they look like one seamless twist.
Chuck's Tip: Hide any leftover ends by tucking them into the side twists.
3. French Twist with a Twist
-Create a part along the top of your head from ear to ear, dividing your hair into two sections.
-Pin the front section out of the way.
-Create a small French twist with the back section by making a low ponytail and then pulling the hair upward as you twist it. Tuck the ends into the top of the twist.
-Unpin the front section of hair and create a deep side part in it.
-Twist the hair on one side of the part into a rope.
-Tuck the end of the rope under itself and pin it to the top of the French twist.
-Repeat the previous two steps with the hair on the other side of the part.
You'll be seeing double—double the style, that is—with these fabulous color-coordinated takes on your dance-team colors.
Unity Phelan, Lara Tong and Mimi Staker (photo via PUMA)
We are seriously obsessed with that cape. (Via PUMA)
Tutus and tennis shoes, FTW! (Photo via PUMA)
The collection will be available online and in stores in February.
Channel classical ballet heroines in these princess-perfect tutus.
There's nothing more spine-tingling than a dancer who can move the audience with a single look. How can you use makeup to amplify that expressive power? We asked makeup artist Chuck Jensen to share three tricks that'll open and accentuate your eyes onstage.
(Photo by Lucas Chilczuk)
False eyelashes are your best friend when it comes to creating dramatic eye looks. But rather than long, heavy strips, try using individual false lashes, which you can place strategically to make your eyes look larger. Starting from the center of your eye, apply the lashes out to the corners, using between 4 and 10 lashes on each eye. (Camila is wearing 6.)
Tip: Individual lashes are especially good for performances in smaller spaces, where the audience is closer, because they look more natural than strips—you can nestle them right into your lash line.
Tip: For a more extreme, cat-eyed look, as you reach the outer corner of your eye, angle the lashes slightly outward, rather than straight up and down.
(Photo by Lucas Chilczuk)
Applying liner strategically to your upper lids is one of the most effective ways to make your eyes look larger. Using a good black liquid liner, create a line that's as thin as possible in the inner corner of your eye, thickens as it passes the center of your iris, and ends in a dramatic swooped wing.
Tip: When you're looking in the mirror, your liner should appear to form a continuous line from the inner corner of your eye to the end of your wing. But that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be continuous when your eyes are closed. If your eyes are almond-shaped, for example, your wing might need to be significantly thicker at the outer corner of your eye to create the right swoop.
(Photo by Lucas Chilczuk)
White It Out
White eyeliner can make you appear more awake by seeming to extend the whites of your eyes. Apply white pencil liner generously to the entirety of your lower waterline and to the inner corners of your eyes.
Tip: When using this technique, always apply black mascara to your lower lashes, which will delineate the bottom of your eye.
For a super–doe-eyed look, use all three techniques at once.