Junior Stage Makeup “Age Appropriate”

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Junior Stage Look

Appropriate Stage Makeup Ages 6-10

Children from 6-10 years of age, have cute little faces that are bright and animated but on stage their small more delicate features can fade and be hard to see. A little makeup on these tiny performers applied correctly can go along way to keep them looking their age and looking their best on stage. A mother or an assigned make-up artist will undertake the task of application which can sometimes prove quite challenging. Children are not at ease with someone poking around their eyes, and hate keeping still for any length of time. Mascara, liner, and lipstick can prove particularly difficult. Here are a few easy make-up techniques that have worked well for me to keep these tiny dancers looking great and feeling more comfortable.

The video below will demonstrate how to get the look.

Brows- Get the brows in check.  Brows are very important as they draw the focus to the eyes and with the application of eye makeup being softer at this age a perfect brow to frame those eyes is a must. Click here for steps to Learn how to achieve beautiful brows.  Make sure brows are in perfect form before beginning as these will be your guidelines to a perfect eye color application. Check out Mode Dion Brow Pencils. Always natural with a long last.

Define Eyes– Our 5-Color Pro Eye Shadow Pallet has two choices to choose from for defining and lining the eye. Choose either Brown  shadow/DEFINE 1 or Burgundy Plum/DEFINE 2. Apply the Define shade in the outer corner of the eye blending just above the eye crease half way across the lid. Next blend those edges using the Balance warm shadow shade across the eye bone. Be sure to blend the define shades edges in well to appear seamless.  Lastly apply the matte cream Highlighter shade on the lid and below the eye brow. Use a pointy liner brush made wet with water or Eye Liner Sealer to stir into the Define shade eye shadow to create a creamy eye liner. Apply to outer upper eye corner lifting up and out and to the lower eye corner out. DO NOT MEET LINES. Leave outer eye corner lines open so eyes appear larger from a distance.

Junior Stage Makeup

Junior Stage Makeup

Open Eyes– Highlight in between the two lines with the White Eye pencilMode Dion’s White Pencil is very soft and gentle to use. Clean up any under eye messes with face wipe.

Even Out Skintone– Children have lovely skin but can easily flush on stage making skin tones look uneven. Cheek flushing from performing can distort blush color application and create a blotchy appearance. On moisturized skin apply a golden undertone matte liquid foundation down the front of the face and around the cheek area to keep skin tone even, cover under eye darkness with concealer as stage lights can create shadows there. Set with an oil-free, golden toned face powder to keep skin flawless for hours.  Avoid pink or orange under toned makeup for use under stage lights and on camera along with all Mineral Makeup products as they are light reflective and can distort features under hot lights.  See application steps and in “Flawless Skin”.  For quick and easy coverage see our Pro Pallet 5 Color Concealer perfect for minor imperfections then set with powder. See our Foundation Kits for a more flawless professional makeup look.

Cheeks– Cheek color should be soft.  Apply Mode Dion Stage Red cheek color high on the rounds of the cheek to look sweet and natural. Blend in well to avoid looking too over done. Bright colored blush should not be applied along the cheekbone. A red stripe across the side of the face is not natural looking on any performer but shows up even more on a small face, over powering and distorting their makeup look.

Lips– Lips on children are so small and from the a side view often haven’t filled out.  Applying a lip shade can be difficult as the lips are small and hard to apply color too.

Stay Put Lip Duo Rhubarb

Stay Put Lip Duo Rhubarb

Apply a light layer of Lip Stain color side in Rhubarb and allow to dry.Use a clean sponge applicator or Q-tip to soften depth of color if too much goes on.


Ruby Slippers Lip Glitter

Be sure to keep the product handy should the gloss wear off and need to be re applied. For junior performers it can be best to avoid a bright red unless the performer is wearing a bright red costume. For special numbers where a brighter lips is needed add a twinkle of red to lips using Mode Dion’s Stage Red Glitter on top of the lip color and then easily remove the glitter when done using first aid tape. See how to apply and remove glitter here.

Add Pop To Lips– A little shimmer at the center of the upper and lower lip (especially at the bow) will create a larger looking lip and tone down the lip color a bit. Apply Mode Dion Shimmer Pot to upper and lower lips center onto dry color then apply gloss for pop!

Stage Makeup Look Burgundy Plum

Shimmer on cheeks, eyes and lips.

Shimmer– Little ones love to twinkle and a little shimmer will help create pop to the eyes and cheekbones. Shimmer should be applied at the brow arch, center of lid and inner eye corner along with high up on the cheek bone. Try here Shimmer Pot.

Lashes– Mascara is so important to open and enhance eyes. Always apply to lower lashes first then upper lashes wiggling wand close to lash line to intensify application. Be sure chin is raised and eyes look down when applying to upper lashes. We love this Mode Dion Super Length Black Mascara. Stays put but easy to remove.


Removing stage makeup properly is just as important as putting it on correctly. Always avoid soap especially around the eyes. Before cleansing off a stage face use eye makeup wipes or soothing Mode Dion Cucumber Makeup Wipes over the eyes first downward strokes so eye makeup stays out of eyes. Never rub side to side as this can work the product into the eyes and cause stinging and burning.  When using Mode Dion’s Stay Put Lip Duo’s color might need extra effort for removal. Oils like Coconut kept in a small jar near sink massaged into lips are a quick fix for fast removal and taste nice too. Finish by wiping lips clean.  To wash face massage a lotion wash onto the skin. Use warm water on a dark colored wash cloth to begin removing all makeup, then splash face with water. The heat from the water on washcloth breaks makeup down quickly and the dark color of the cloth prevents stains.
Choosing a proper product to wash skin is very important. Children are sensitive so only use products designed for the face.  Try our all Natural Chemical Free Organic Lavender Face Wash for the ultimate in gentle cleansing.

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