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.

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 have is knowledge about makeup.

In order to help myself with this, I checked with what is available at the competition. 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 myself. For reference I don’t blow dry it, use curling irons or flat irons, I rarely even use rollers of any sort. At most I’ve used hot rollers maybe once a year for a special occasion. The one thing I do is have it professionally colored and cut. And even then 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. The makeup I have is old, and 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 broad 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. In 2016 I make an appointment at a local department store to “replenish” what I have (basically start over). Where I did tell the sales person that I needed this for performance, help in how I should apply it was minimal. But the products I purchased work for my skin tone, skin type, 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 my brushes are in good shape
    • I did not buy blush as I already have some that work well. Additionally, I had samples 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 apply it (if no service is available) I can – I have the products and the know how.

2018 – check out the blog section for information about my makeup lessons.