How can you make your dance makeup sweat proof or at least not have sweat lines?
Answer: Great question! Regardless of whether you are a dancer going on stage, a bride walking down the aisle, a business woman about to enter a meeting, or a girl in high school walking up to that boy you think is super-hot…you NEVER want blotchy, creased, or faded makeup, right? In fact, when would we EVER say to ourselves, “Today I don’t really care if my makeup runs down my face, leaves me with spotty, blotchy skin or looks kind of ‘blah’ and faded.” When? When would anyone ever say that to themselves? NEVER!
I believe there are three main things you need to consider for beautiful sweat-proof/sweat-resistant makeup:
1) Skin care: Your skin is the canvas that you apply your makeup too. If it is not in its healthiest, smoothest, and moisturized condition, how can your makeup look its best?
a. Mornings – clean your face with good skin cleanser, toner, and moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type.
b. Evenings – use a makeup remover (I use and love Cetaphil!) to remove your makeup THEN clean your skin with a good skin cleanser, toner, and moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type.
c. Skin care TIP: I always use a washcloth when I cleanse because it exfoliates the skin (removes dead, dry skin cells) as well as cleaning the skin.
2) Cosmetics Ingredients: So many makeup companies these days are advertising “24 hour long color” or “all day coverage” makeup products. But, really, what kind of chemicals would you need to put in product to make it stay on for 24 hours? It scares me a bit to think about it! AND if those chemicals are in your lipstick, you’re EATING them and ingesting them into your body through your mouth! Ewww! Gross! So, personally, I AVOID anything that says “waterproof” or “sweat-proof” because I know it is impossible for it to be sweat-proof without a ton of junky ingredients in it.
I prefer high quality, professional grade “water-resistant/sweat-resistant” products that have less harsh chemicals that could be harmful to my body and I choose products that have ingredients that NATURALLY do what I need. For example, high quality mineral makeup colors are NATURALLY water-resistant and smudge-resistant. You don’t need to add anything to them to make them that way…they just ARE that way. Cool, huh? That doesn’t mean that all mineral makeup is like that because some companies use so many cheap “fillers” in their product that they are no longer water-resistant. This saves them money because then they can use less high quality minerals or lower quality minerals powders and earn a higher profit.
Solution: Use professional grade mineral makeup colors (psst…I designed JAM cosmetics to be the healthiest, highest quality, professional grade mineral makeup line available to dancers, brides, cheerleaders, or anyone that does not want streaking, creasing, fading makeup) JAM cosmetics has got EXACTLY what you are looking for!
3) Application: Okay, so we’ve got a beautiful canvas to apply our lovely professional quality cosmetics to…hmmm, now what? Yes, even the application makes a difference in getting the best water-resistant results from your makeup.
a. Foundation: If you use mineral makeup colors over a face with no foundation or a low quality foundation, your colors can still get blotchy and fade. Your face will have areas that will get moist (sweaty!) and some areas that will not which makes colors look blotchy and discolored. For stage, I recommend a water-resistant, cream foundation because it is thicker and more opaque giving the skin an even, water-resistant base to apply your mineral makeup colors to. At JAM cosmetics, we have a fabulous foundation – the Stage Ready Stick Foundation. Because it is in a stick form, it glides on the face and can be easily smoothed out with a makeup sponge.
b. Street/Stage Makeup TIP: Use foundation over eyelid as a “base” to even out tone.
c. Make sure there are no foundation creases on the lid BEFORE you start to apply colors! If you apply your eye shadow to foundation that has a crease in it, the color will settle into that creased line and “set” the line there for the rest of the day.
d. After applying your mineral makeup colors, brush a light dusting of setting powder over the entire face to smooth out any unblended lines and to “set” the makeup in place. At JAM cosmetics, we have a LOVELY rice/mineral setting powder that works well on all skin tones. I love and use it every day!