If you have a weeklong run of performances, you’ll be applying a lot of makeup—and without the right preparations, it could lead to a major breakout. But don’t fret! We asked Karen Armand, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s specialty makeup supervisor, how to save your face from the havoc heavy makeup application can cause. —Stephanie Falkowski
Step one: Use a cleanser. Start with a clean slate by removing dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt from the skin.
Armand’s pick: Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser. It’s hypoallergenic and soy-based, so it soothes the skin.
Step two: Apply a moisturizer. Lotion serves as a barrier between your skin and the makeup, keeping in moisture and minimizing irritation from any allergic reactions you may have to the foundation. If you’re using a cream foundation, slather on a heavier moisturizer, but for a water-based foundation, use a lighter moisturizer. Moisturizer will make makeup removal much easier, too.
Armand’s pick: Dr. Hauschka’s Quince Day Cream for heavy moisturizing and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer for lighter moisturizing.
Step three: Use powder to help keep the makeup set. With a flat powder puff—not a brush— press the powder directly onto your face in a blotting motion, so there’s no smearing.
Armand’s pick: MAC Blot Powder
Tip: The makeup-removal process is just as important as the prep because it keeps your pores from clogging. Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes are perfect for quickly taking off makeup and sweat.
Do a trial run! Every dancer’s skin is unique, so test several different products to find what works best for you.
Did You Know?
Visualization can help you eat healthier. In a recent study at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, researchers discovered that people
who visualized the steps they were going to take to change their diets found themselves eating healthier than ever before. So, take a seat, close your eyes and ask yourself: “What healthy foods am I going to buy? Where am I going to buy them? How am I going to prepare them?” Then, put your plan into action. —Michael Anne Bailey
Dying to have a facial but can’t afford the hefty salon price tag? Try Armand’s easy at-home steam facial to help soothe skin irritation from stage makeup. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Place the pot on a sturdy table, then sit in front of it. Drape a large towel over your head and the pot and steam for 5–10 minutes. Be careful not to get too close—steam burns can be serious! Always keep at least six inches to one foot between your face and the pot. —SF
Quick Tip: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, your risk for melanoma doubles if you have more than five sunburns in your lifetime—yikes! So if you’re planning a little fun in the sun, be sure to slather on the sunscreen first.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.