Top 5 Makeup Products for Stage Performers

Whether you’re a novice or professional in performing arts, theatre makeup needs to be on point. Unlike in the case of television or online media, theatrical makeup cannot be edited, therefore, it needs to be made of the highest quality materials.

In addition to it looking realistic, it needs to last throughout your performance as well. Extreme lighting and humidity can cause makeup to fade and look blotchy. This is where waterproof makeup comes in.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re performing in a school play or if you’re a professional theatre artist, the right materials will allow you to carry on with the show in a smooth manner, while looking your best.

While searching for stage makeup, look for items that can hold up under sweat and changing temperatures and can look vibrant, yet realistic in all lighting types. The right makeup for your performance should also blend well with your features and your role, without looking overly dramatic and cakey.

We’ve rounded up some of the best makeup products for theatre and performing arts that are also recommended by performers around the world so that you can look your best in your upcoming show.

  1. Ben Nye Banana Powder

The Ben Nye Banana Powder is a simple formulation with less than ten ingredients, designed to absorb oil and finish your entire look in a spectacular manner. It’s the powder of choice among beauty gurus, makeup artists, stage performers and everyday women due to its fineness and translucency when applied to the face. It works on a variety of skin tones and is generally used as a finishing powder or setting powder to color correct, highlight and reduce shine and concealer creasing.

  1. K-Pallete 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner

Got an emotional performance coming up with plenty of tears but not the right eyeliner the hold it? Say no more. After testing a wide range of eyeliners, we found that the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner tolerates any type of theatrical performance due to its nourishing, sweat-proof, smudge-proof and water-resistant formula. Inspired by Japan’s Kawaii and anime cosplay culture, the product is smooth and glides easily to create any look, from simple to dramatic. The product comes in brown shades to create a natural look and intense black shades engineered to create any cat-eye look.

  1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

You’ve probably seen this Holy Grail of a concealer used by makeup artists and beauty gurus on Instagram and YouTube. This Nars concealer packs some serious punch with hiding discoloration, dark circles and redness due to its incredible coverage and light-reflecting and illuminating finish without leaving behind any cakey-ness or creases under the eyes. The concealer has buildable coverage but a little goes a long way – especially if you’re preparing for a stage performance.

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

This product is truly remarkable, especially when it comes to stage makeup because not only does it work on all skin types, from oily to dry, it also hydrates your skin, which is a huge bonus as long theatre performances can dehydrate you. The product is finely milled and intensely pigmented, which means it applies easily and gives the color you want with ease. It helps to apply a sheer layer and build intensity according to your role. The blush will last throughout your performance, requiring minimal touchup.

  1. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

With over 40 shades in its arsenal, MUFE’s HD foundation is an excellent foundation, designed to look natural and almost invisible on all skin tones. It provides light to medium coverage and is a great buy for stage makeup. However, note that a little goes a long way with this product and you might only need 2 pumps for your entire look. The formula is light on the skin, blends easily and doesn’t leave an artificial look.