stage makeup kit checklist
05 May 2014

Stage Makeup Kit Checklist

A performer’s makeup look is usually determined by studio owner/director/choreographer.  However, these are essential items to keep in your kit for a consistently beautiful performance face no matter what style of stage makeup application you are expected to do:


  • Hypo-allergenic/non-comedogenic (non-clogging to the pores)
  • Mineral Oil Free
  • Water-resistant/Sweat-resistant
  • Full coverage foundation that feels very light on the skin
  • Warm toned colors look best under stage lighting – avoid pink-toned foundation colors
  • One shade darker than natural skin tone
    Quick JAM Tip: I prefer and always used a stick foundation when performing

Loose Powder

  • Translucent loose powder (rice/mineral) that has very little pigment
  • Sheer coverage so that it does not look white or cake-y on the skin
    Quick JAM Tip: I like a mineral/rice powder combination

Triangle-shaped makeup sponges

  • Use to smooth out foundation, blend colors, clean up mistakes


  • Great for cleaning up mistakes

Eye Shadows

  • Highly pigmented, water-resistant/sweat resistant shadows
  • Three main eye shadow colors:
  • Highlighter – very light color – white or cream or pale gold
  • Contrast – medium color – peach, gold, med. beige, pale pink
  • Contour – dark color – chocolate brown, eggplant purple, black
    Quick JAM tip: Professional-quality, pressed mineral makeup colors are fabulous because they are highly-pigmented, naturally long lasting, and water-resistant.
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  • Highly pigmented, water-resistant/sweat-resistant blush color
  • Neutral-warm pink/peach
    Quick JAM tip: Professional-quality, pressed mineral makeup colors are fabulous because they are highly-pigmented, naturally long lasting, and water-resistant.

Black Water-resistant Mascara  

  • Make sure it won’t clump so you can reapply in between performances
  • Make sure it won’t flake into your eyes while on stage

Black Waterproof/Water-resistant Eye Liner

White Highlighter Eye Pencil

False Lashes & Waterproof Eyelash Adhesive 

Lip Pencil

  • Nude-Brownish color lip pencil

Mineral Lip Stick

  • Red or Rose lipstick
    Quick JAM Tip: Red lipstick comes in so many different shades and can be quite tricky to choose. Look for a red lipstick that is closer to brick red rather than a bright pink or orange-toned red which can look “clown-like” on stage.

Makeup Brushes

  • Large Powder/Complexion Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Angled Eyeliner/Brow Brush
  • Angled Shadow Brush
  • Lip Brush
  • Eyebrow Brush/Lash Comb
    Quick JAM Tip: Click here to learn The Basics of Makeup Brushes

Professional and competitive dancers usually have to wear their makeup for long periods of time. This can be very hard on the skin, especially if it is sensitive or prone to breakouts. Ideally, you want hypo-allergenic/non-comedogenic products (non-clogging to the pores) that are as naturally derived as possible while being effective. You do not want products that are going to make your skin look and feel horrible at the end of a performance weekend. There is nothing that can make you more self-conscious than a sensitive, red face with acne!

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