When you compete in an event that is judged, appearance is typically taken into consideration. Even if there isn’t a mark for appearance, your appearance in how you present yourself can affect how the judges perceive your ability.
As much as it would be nice to believe that only ability is judged, the human eye tends to be drawn toward those who are well presented. If you’re in a sport such as figure skating and you’re female, makeup should be an important part of your competition regimen.
Here are competition makeup tips for figure skaters or anyone in a similar sport or art.
Competition Makeup Essentials
In bright-lit ice arenas or on the stage, your face tends to look washed out. So brighter colors than would be worn for everyday makeup are necessary.
1. A foundation and/or powder matched to the skin color will help even out skin tone and help make your skin look more perfected. If you’re in a sport where you perspire more, you may want to use a primer under your foundation or powder to help it last longer.
2. A bright blush applied to the cheeks helps bring out the color in the face as well as defining the face.
3. A bright lip color shows off your expressions. For most sports, you’ll want to blot the lipstick and avoid lip glosses (hair will get stuck to the lip gloss). You can apply a shimmery Chapstick over the lipstick to create a bit of sheen if desired.
4. Mascara is a definite necessity for all ages to help bring out the eyes and make sure they don’t disappear from a distance.
The above four items are good for any age and should be a must for most female competitors. For many competitors, though, a bit more definition and done-up look is desired.
Competition Makeup Extras
1. The eyes are used for expression, so makeup should be used to help your eyes pop.
2. Try not to go too dark, as this can sometimes make the eyes appear smaller.
3. Also avoid very neutral colors such as nude eye shadows. Different shades of purple work well on most skin tones.
4. Eye liner is helpful to define the eyes a bit more, but try to avoid making it too dark or too wide.
Try out the tips you like at your next competition. Have fun competing, performing, and looking great! 🙂