Rockettes’ Tips: 9 Dos of Dance Performance Makeup


ere’s a fun tid-bit about us Rockettes: We do our own makeup for performances! Because we have to enhance our features so you can see our faces under the bright stage lights, we’ve learned a few tricks and tips along the way on how to make sure that our makeup looks flawless on stage. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or an aspiring dancer, here are our nine best performance makeup tips you’ll want to keep in your back pocket for your next big show:

performance-makeup-tips-white-eyelinerkatelyn-gaffney-headshotRockette Katelyn G. likes to apply white eyeliner on her bottom lash line and in the corners under her brows to really open up her eyes on performance days. “For an added eye-opening trick, I’ll put white eyeliner under my bottom lash line. Urban Decay’s Glide On 24/7 white eyeliner rocks because it’s also waterproof!”[Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo; available at, $20]


performance-makeup-tips-mascarasarah-staker-headshotWith all the dancing and sweating, you really want a mascara that is going to stay put. For Rockette Sarah S., that magic mascara is MAC’s False Lashes Waterproof Mascara. “It keeps my lashes looking great the whole day, even when the false lashes come off!”
[MAC False Lashes Waterproof Mascara; available at, $23]


performance-makeup-trick-falsiesalissa-lavergne-headshot“My best tip for applying show makeup would be to pick the right pair of lashes (and let the glue completely dry!),” says Rockette Alissa L. “I recommend finding a pair that best suits your eye shape and facial features. I prefer Ardell Lashes #105. They are longer than my natural lashes, but have space between each lash to help make them look natural. Also, make sure you cut the end of each pair to fit your eyes. There is nothing more annoying that lashes that are too long, poking your eyes while you’re dancing on stage!”[Ardell Glamour Lash #105; available at, $5]


performance-makeup-trick-bb-creamsam-berger-headshot“I like to keep things very simple and only wear essentials,” says Rockette Sam B. “Because the combination of sweat and harsh lighting can take a toll on my skin, I swear by BB Creams. Maybelline is a great one that smooths my skin and keeps it hydrated all day long.”
[Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector; available at, $9]


performance-makeup-trick-foundationlindsay-howe-headshot-1024x1024Rockette Lindsay H.’s best advice is to really take the time to find the perfect brand and shade of foundation for you, one that looks completely natural. “My favorite foundation is Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation,” she says. “It makes your skin look flawless and has great coverage without being cakey on the face.”
[Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation; available at, $43]


performance-makeup-trick-foundation-colorsarah-grooms-headshot“I used to cake on a full coverage foundation not realizing that it made my face look a different tone than my body while performing under stage lights,” says Rockette Sarah G. “Sweat Cosmetics mineral foundation and powder with SPF 30 is the perfect coverage for a natural ‘on-stage’ look and is actually made to last through a sweat session.”
[Sweat Cosmetics Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Translucent Mineral Powder + Twist-Brush; available at, $42]


performance-makeup-trick-eyebrowsjackie-aitken-headshotHearing “eyebrows are the frames to your eyes on the stage” from a professional dancer when she was younger was something that really stuck with Rockette Jackie A. “I can’t go without MAC’s Brow Set! They set and keep my eyebrows in place throughout a whole performance. It’s very important as we have so many changes in and out of hats and head pieces.”
[MAC’s Brow Set; available at, $17]


performance-makeup-trick-primermegan-levinson-headshotRockette Megan L.’s go-to dance makeup trick is applying a lip primer and lip seal (her fave is “Sealed With a Kiss”!) to really lock in her lipstick and keep it looking fresh while performing. “In the Christmas Spectacular, we have eight different costume changes, with one that is only 90 seconds. This lip seal ensures that my lipstick will still be on by the end of the show!”
[Cosmetically Sealed Sealed With a Kiss; available at, $6]


performance-makeup-trick-cleanserlindsay-howe-headshot-1024x1024“Don’t fall asleep with you make up on,” says Rockette Lindsay H. “And always wash your face before putting makeup on so that you can start with a clean base. The foundation to great make up starts with great skin, so treat it with love.”
[Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser; available at, $10]