Children 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.


Eye, Cheek, Shimmer and Lip Color made for these little faces can all be found in Mode Dion’s “Pretty N Pink” 5 Color My First Recital Compact. Includes Eye Shadow Define/Liner in Burgundy Plum, Warm Taupe for Balance and Champagne Shimmer to Highlight eyes and cheek bones. Sweet Pink Cheek color and Raspberry long lasting Lip Color.  This is marked on the bottom of the compact.

Pretty N Pink Twinkle Star

Pretty N Pink 5 Color Compact


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. Learn “How to Achieve Beautiful Brows” here.
Apply the eye makeup first to avoid messes.

The following look can be made easier to apply using our wonderful 5 Piece Brush Kit. Each brush is labeled to go with each step listed here.

Eyes – Use the “Pretty N Pink” 5 Color Pallet.  Define eyes with the Burgundy Plum color in outer corner. Balance with medium Taupe shade just above crease across eye bone. Highlight with the light cream shimmer eye shadow onto the lid and under brow. Using a wet Liner Brush, line just at outer corners to open eyes. Do not meet lines.  Mascara in black applied to the upper lashes opens eyes even more.  False lashes for large stages are recommended in our Cabaret length. Cut lashes into tiny pieces and glue just add the outer corner as shown on our model to open eyes even more.

Cheeks– Apply the soft pink flush shade high on the cheek apples. Perfect to compliment the costuming that this age group often is performing in.   On the cheek bones apply the soft cream shimmer Highlight to add dimension to the bone structure.

Skin tone– 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. Be sure skin is properly hydrated so foundation and powder go on easily and look smooth. Try Mode Dion’s All Natural Organic Hibiscus & Rose Hips Lotion Use our 5 Color Pro Pallet Concealer to even out any imperfections or redness and set with a translucent face powder in their skin tone. Avoid Mineral Makeup as this is light reflective and can distort features under stage lights.

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. Using a Lip Brush whenever possible can make the application easier.

To see a step by step demonstration check out this video link Professional Stage Makeup For The Young Performer”.