Time to change it up

Makeup is something every female competitor I’ve ever seen wears. Some of the men wear some too. But as most women learn, it takes some time to do it right. And it may take trial and error to find the right colors and formulation for your skin.

Things about makeup

Recently (Sept. 2016) it was decided that my instructor and I would dance at a competition coming up. I had purchased a dress, I had shoes, and I even had a hairstyle I can do on my own. What I don’t know about is makeup.

In order to help myself with this, I checked with what is available at the compeition. As luck would have it, they do have some people you can make an appointment with who will do hair or makeup or both. My hair is curly to wavy. I don’t tend to let other do much with my hair since I don’t do much with my hair. For reference I don’t blow dry it, use curling irons or flat irons, I rarely even use roller of any sort. At most I’ve used hot rollers maybe twice a year for a special occasion. The one thing I do is have it professionally colored and cut. And it may be 3-6 months between cuts.

But makeup for me is a bugaboo. I just don’t do it unless I have to. What I have is old, probably should be thrown out. But since I don’t use makeup much, this should not be surprising. Don’t get me wrong, I may not wear makeup, but I do take care of my skin. I have a daily regimen for my skin to keep it clean, healthy, and moisturized. I am a big believer in sunscreen and have been known to layer it on. For example my daily morning skin routine is a treatment, then serum, then moisturizer with sunscreen, then a layer of sunscreen on top of that. And my moisturizer has a minimum SPF of 30, and my sunscreen is usually in the SPF 50 range. I wear it from my hair line down my face, over my neck, and down my chest. Yes, I go thru a lot of sunscreen, and usually have only a minimal tan. Since one of my hobbies is gardening, when I am in the yard I wear long sleeves and a floppy brimmed hat. I try to protect my skin as much as possible. I didn’t always do this, so now I’m making up for lost time.

Makeup would just make my morning routine too long. So, no makeup.

However for competition I will wear makeup. Recently I make an appointment at a local department store to “replenish” what I have (basically start over). Where I did mention that I needed this for performance, help in how I should look was minimal. But the products I purchased work for my skin tone and age. And I made sure I have sufficient makeup remover too.

For this trip I purchased:

  • foundation
  • concealer
  • powder
  • eye shadows and liner
  • lipstick and liner
  • then got tools – sponges as I have brushes and they are in good shape

I did not buy blush as I already have some that work well. Additionally, I had a small sample of face mist, and a sample of primers – face, eye, and under eye.

I’ve decided to watch some videos in order to help me understand how to wear competition makeup. One website in particular has some very good videos, Dance Comp Review. Most of the videos can also be found on YouTube if you know what you are look for. I mention this since there are a few videos out there that are much more of what not to do. Be aware of what you are watching. If you get the chance to go to an actual competition, you can get a better idea of what the expectations are. Since I’m not good with makeup in the first place, for me using a service makes the most sense. But I plan to continue playing with makeup until I can do it myself. Why? To get my makeup done at the competition will run $85 at this time (subject to change), and I want to make sure if I have to do (if no service is available) I can – I have the products and the knowhow.

Remember, if all else fails you can find a professional to help you learn how to actually apply makeup. Try though I may to learn this at home, I haven’t had the success I had hoped for. So professional instruction is in order. But make sure the instructor understand what this is for. This isn’t your everyday nor evening wear makeup.