The Indian classical dance makeup should have a graceful look and should be suitable for stage light rather than day light. It also should be equally suitable for dancers with dark or fair skin colors.
Make-up may smudge! Keep your face oil-free. Some dancers become very emotional just before the dance – but don’t cry!!!
Below is the list of Items you need for Indian Classical Dance makeup. This is applicable for Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak and Kuchipudi.
Note: All the items except the items in the first line are available in any makeup kit available from Wal-Mart or Target
Altha, Sindoor, Kumkum, Bindi (preferably Maroon color)
Black eyeliner or Kajal
Facial powder / Talcum powder (inhaling or swallowing talcum powder is dangerous)
Indian dance makeup – step by step procedure:
- Using a gentle soap wash face and wipe with a soft lint free cotton cloth
- Apply an oil-free moisturizer. We recommend you to use herbal moisturizer. Remember, chemicals are harmful !
- Apply a light coat of facial powder
- Apply the foundation. This can be a nice thick (just noticeable) coating. The foundation color should be little bit lighter than your skin color
- Over the foundation, apply a coat of facial powder
- Now apply blush
- Draw the outline of both eyes using black eyeliner. Make sure the end of the outline is curved so that the eyes appear like a lotus petal.
- Apply multiple coats of black mascara
- On the nose, especially on the sides, apply dark foundation to the sides of your nose.
- Select an appropriate color lipstick with some gloss and apply
- Place a maroon sticker Bindi in the middle of your fore-head. For round face, use a rain drop shaped bindi. For a long face, use a round bindi
Hair makeup is a different topic and it varies depending upon the dance style. However, irrespective of the dance style, all uses false hair and hair kunjalam. We will cover the hair makeup in a separate blog.