Rena Most, makeup consultant for ABT.
Rena Most, makeup consultant for ABT.
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Summer Makeup Tips from Rena Most of ABT

  • June 28, 2016
  • by Laura Di Orio with Rena Most of American Ballet Theatre

It’s hot, you’re sweaty, and the last thing you want to do is layer on pounds of makeup. But lucky for you, the summer look doesn’t require caked-on makeup; instead, think “less is more” for an “au naturel”, sun-kissed face. Here, Rena Most, hair and makeup supervisor at American Ballet Theatre, guides you to that fresh summer look, all while protecting your skin.

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

First and foremost, Most advises wearing sunscreen! While you may think a tan look is “in”, consider the damage that the sun (or a tanning bed) can do to your skin. Always wear sunscreen as a protectant from those strong UV rays.

“Not only is skin cancer a very serious risk long-term, the sun ages your skin so fast,” Most explains. “To prevent wrinkles and discolouration/freckles/sun spots, protect your skin. You can still get a nice glow wearing sunscreen and be protected.”

The summer look.

Since you’ll already likely have a “glow”, given the heat, humidity and dancing, embrace your natural beauty, suggests Most. Think “fresh and dewy”.

“We tend to have a nice glow from the sun and naturally rosy cheeks from the warmth, so I say work with that and don’t hide it!” she adds. “For summer, I love a very simple, bright look.”

Apply some moisturiser, mascara and a summer-coloured lipstick for a quick way to brighten up your face without too many layers of makeup, allowing your skin to breathe. Most, who likes soft eyes and cheeks and a bright lip for the summer, suggests a shimmery gold eyeshadow, light peach blush and a bright pink or red lipstick.

If you have any pesky blemishes or dark circles, a dot of concealer is perfect as a cover-up; no need for an entire layer of thick foundation.

Dealing with heat and humidity.

During the summer, you’re bound to encounter heat and sweat, often resulting in oily skin. “The easiest solution to minimising shine is to blot your skin with powder as necessary,” says Most. She recommends translucent or blotting powder.

As dancers sweat more and oil is produced faster, they need to follow good skin care to avoid breakouts. Most advises cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising regularly to prevent build-up of product and dead skin cells, and to keep the skin fresh and hydrated. In addition, she says to drink lots of water to rehydrate not only your body but also your skin.

“Most dancers, male and female, only wear makeup for the stage and special events,” Most shares. “They try to let their skin breathe as much as possible when they are not performing. Very few of them wear a full face of makeup on a regular basis.”

Summer performance makeup.

Your face will require some extra attention with performance makeup during the summer months as well.

“For performances, we definitely see a difference and make some adjustments to the makeup application to help it last when the dancers are sweating so much more,” Most says. We use more waterproof products, more oil-based versus water-based, especially for eyebrows and eyeliner. We powder them more heavily, to help set the makeup stronger but also to decrease unwanted shine. We also use a product, Final Seal, which is a spray setting agent to help the makeup last longer.”


Photo: ABT dancer Hee Seo applying her makeup. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

Article produced by Dance Informa.

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