Oh, you know me and my mania for makeup and beauty products- I’m certifiably insane! But this obsession is something most women- and all dancers- have in common. I’ve been test driving a ton of cool cosmetic products lately, and all of them absolutely perfect for Springtime, and most quite affordable. Many are available at chain drug stores, target or Walmart.
I’m sharing my current favorites with you here :
E.l.f Skincare Daily Hydration Moisturizer
This is a light and super-hydrating moisturizer, great for every day use, and rich enough to apply at night. Best part is that costs less than ten bucks, and that’s a lot of bang for your Beauty Buck. Also, E.l.f. makes insanely great Makeup Remover Wipes that are so saturated with product, you don’t have to scub them on your face to get clean, even if you’re rockin’ serious stage makeup. These are a mere $3.00 , so stock up and use them throughout the summer!
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
Another genius drugstore find, this silky crème can be used alone, or as a primer under foundation. It glides on soft and smooth, and gives a matte finish for hours, even in the often-oily T-zone area.
L’Oreal Colour Riche La Pallette in Nude
An eyeshadow palette with ten gorgeous neutral shades, this is splendid for every day use or the stage! The highly pigmented colors go on smooth and don’t flake, and will create velvety dimensional smokey eyes. The shades range from beiges and pinkish/lavender neutrals to rich chocolate browns and taupes, so this palette would be marvelous for women of any age or skin tone! With a retail price is $19.99, this is a great beauty investment.
Sugarpill Heartbreaker Pallette
If the Natural Look isn’t what you’re after, this quad-color set will knock your socks off, featuring brilliant neon shades of lime green and royal blue, violet and a wintergreen, minty-fresh turquoise. Stunning on stage, and with a lighter hand and a a little blending, fresh pretty for every day. A bonus is that all Sugarpill products are cruelty free, meaning no Easter Bunnies were harmed by testing.
Ben Nye Lumiere Grand Color Pressed Eyeshadow in Cosmic
This otherworldly pinkish blue metallic shadow has been a favorite of mine for years. It is pearlescent and can be used wet or dry. Using it dry, it creates a pretty shade of pink that, due to the blue undertones, won’t make your eyes look tired or like you have conjunctivitis. Applied with a damp brush, you’ll get a rich, electric violet tone that would make the 1970’s-era David Bowie faint with envy. For stage, I also use this stuff on my cheeks, and to highlight my lips…it looks fantastic daubed over the first lipstick I’ve listed below!
Eco Tools Essential Eye Brush Set
I adore these brushes to pieces. Whenever I’ve found a random brush in my cosmetic kit that seems to really get the job done right, when I examine it to see the manufacturer, it’s Eco Tools. Their brushes are lush and full-bristled without being stiff, and can really take a beating- daily use and frequent washings, and the brushes still retain their shape and don’t shed bristles. this five brush set is no exception. This set is also a bargain- less than nine bucks!
NYC Color Expert Lipstick in Air Kiss
This gorgeous orchid color reads bright pink, but it’s luscious, creamy formula prevents it from looking chalky or garish for daily wear. With a slightly blue undertone, it’ll make your teeth appear whiter, too. And like I said, if you want to accent your lips and give them a dimensional, pouty look for the stage, use the Ben Nye “Cosmic” eyeshadow dotted on directly over this lipstick, without blotting it. The powder will set the lip color, and your mouth will look bright and kissable.
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Rihanna
This frosty red is just about the same shade as Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. MAC lipstick always glides on smooth and silky, and this one is no exception. One coat is sheer and pretty for “off duty” dancers, two coats will see you through a night out or a show. A little pricey, but def worth it! And in case you didn’t know, all of MAC’s Viva Glam products fund HIV/AIDS research, so you can pout pretty while doing a good deed.
Pretty Feet And Hands
This nifty sloughing product, which I’ve used for eons, is the number one eradicator of Dancers Feet ! You can start off looking like like Sasquatch or The Walking Dead, and five minutes later look like a rich lady whose just spent a a hundred dollars on a spa pedicure. Just slather it on, and watch your icky callouses roll off, with no burning, peeling or stench. It’s kind of a miracle, and also works great on knees, elbows, and your hands. Not only that. It’s a drug store product, which means it’s ridiculously inexpensive…and for dancers, it’s priceless!
Tit Tape by Shape Tape
No matter what kind of dance you do, toupee tape or fashion tape is a godsend for keeping costume pieces, bindis, wigs, and other accessories in place during performance. This burlesque- oriented product was sent to me by the manufacturer to test drive., and it works quite well! The thing that sets it apart from other fashion tape- and the reason it’s called Tit Tape- is because the adhesive is round ( as opposed to being a rectangular strip) making it perfect to use with burlesque pasties. It works to keep heavy, tasseled pasties in place, and the backing peels off easily, just like regular fashion tape. Great idea!
Flash Tattoos Temporary Body Art Metallic Temporary Tattoos in Isabella
My sister gifted me with a set of Flash Tattoos during the Holidays and I was skeptical. They were really shiny and pretty, but I thought there’s be no way in hell they’d stay on through sweaty classes and shows. I was wrong! Not only do these decals stay on looking metallic and super-blingy for four or five days, they ;asted me through showers and a hot-tub session without losing their color or peeling. They also come off quite easily with baby oil or coconut oil. They come in designs and shapes of bracelets, necklaces, floral medallions and mystic-looking, filigree mandalas, and can also be cut up for mix’n’match. They’re so darn pretty that from the stage they look like actual real jewelry- and the beauty is, they won’t snag on any costume pieces or in your hair, cause they’re temporary tattoos!
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