How to Apply Showgirl Stage Makeup

Updated April 17, 2017

Your dream of being a showgirl has finally been realized, but you have no idea how to achieve that glamorous showgirl face. Or perhaps you just want to pretend to be a showgirl. Either way, showgirl stage makeup is different than other stage looks, but can be achieved by following a few basic steps.

Start with a clean face. Be sure you don’t have any of last night’s makeup still on because you’ll be applying very heavy makeup and won't want old smudgy makeup underneath. Apply a good quality moisturizer to your face and neck. Showgirl makeup is quite heavy so keeping your face moisturized will reduce the chances of abusing your skin. Apply pan-stick or other heavy foundation with your makeup sponges, blending it into your neck as well, ensuring that your neck and face are the same color. Do not worry if your face appears too dark for every day life. Stage lights tend to wash the color out.

Take a medium size eye-shadow brush and apply your white eye-shadow onto your eye-lids, and brow bone. With a smaller brush, apply the light brown shade into the crease of your eye. Start on the inside about a ½ an inch away from your nose, and extend to the outer corner of your eye.

Make your eyebrows darker by filling them in with your brown pencil. Extend the brows a little longer than you normally do. Line the bottom of your eyes underneath the lash line with the black pencil, getting gradually heavier as you reach the outer corners. Line the tops of you eye-lids with the liquid liner, getting as close to the lash line as you can, and then extending the line slightly beyond the outer corner on an 45 degree angle, with the top of the line almost touching your eyebrow.

Apply the dark brown eyeshadow to the outer half of your lids in the creases, above the extended liquid liner and following its extension and angle, but stop short of the brow bone. The white eye shadow should be visible on the brow bone, and not covered by the brown shadow. Apply the white pencil in a line directly under the extended portion of the liquid liner in the outer corners of your eyes.

Place a thin line of glue on the back side of your false eyelashes. The rim should be facing you, and the lashes will appear backwards. Blow on the glue for a few seconds, allowing it to get tacky. Place the lashes as close to your lash line as possible, and press the rim onto your skin. The lashes should naturally flip up, because you are putting them on backwards.

Contour your cheek bones, by sucking in your cheeks and, with a medium size brush, applying the dark brown eye-shadow in a line under you cheekbones up to the top of your ears. Using a big blush brush, apply your brownish blush on top of this line, emphasizing the apples of your cheeks.

Line your lips with the lip-liner. For a larger lip look, line the lips slightly beyond your actually lips. Apply your red lipstick. Put your forefinger in your mouth, all the way to the knuckle, and close your mouth around your finger. Keeping your mouth closed, remove your finger. This will keep the lipstick off of your teeth, which a must for smiling showgirls. Lightly dust your face with loose powder, using your big powder brush to set your makeup, and you are ready to put on your beads and feathers and hit the Vegas stage.


You can never have too much makeup as a showgirl. Okay maybe you can, but don't worry if you feel you look ridiculous up close. If you are having difficulty applying the blush, smile to bring out the apples of your cheeks, and add some extra blush there.


Don't go too crazy trying to make your lips appear larger by drawing the line too far outside you natural lip line. It will be difficult to keep the line straight the further outside you go, and you will end up with crooked looking lips. The red lipstick will already enhance your lip size. Be sure to blend in the cheek's contour line with your finger, or you will end up looking like someone punched you in the face. Not a very attractive look for a showgirl.

Things You'll Need

  • Quality moisturizer; makeup sponges; pan-Stick or equally heavy foundation, one shade darker than your skin; eye-shadow brushes in multiple sizes;
  • white eye-shadow; light and dark brown eye-shadows; black eye-liner pencil and liquid liner; brown eye-liner pencil big black false eyelashes; eye-lash glue; white eye-liner pencil; brownish blush;
  • big blush brush; lip-liner one shade darker than your lipstick; bright red lip stick; big powder brush and loose powder.
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About the Author

Gerri Garrick has been working as an actor/singer for the past eighteen years. A graduate of James Madison University, with a degree in communications, she has written several produced plays, as well as a one woman show. Garrick has been sharing her performing arts experience with eHow readers for the past year.