Here are 7 really simple tricks you can use to look amazing next time you’re on stage.
1. Add some sparkle
Everyone loves a good bit of bling and adding a little to your outfit can really create that glamorous wow factor but here’s a word of advice; stick to just one shimmery item.
Head to toe sparkle will make you look like a Christmas tree out of season… and have you ever caught an eyeful of Elton John’s OTT sequins? Not pretty.
The stage lights pick up any shiny material making it glitter and you don’t want to run the risk of blinding your audience!
2. Don’t wear black
I love black. It’s slimming and goes with everything except when you wear it on stage, no one can see you. It’s because more often than not, the curtain behind the stage is also black and you will blend right in.
If you sing any of the grungy, rock or punk genres, try mixing black jeans with a white t-shirt with some red writing on it, or whatever you can find that adds a bit of colour to the picture.
You’ll often see my band dressed in black while I’m in some flashy colour and there’s a reason for this. I want to be the focus of all the attention because it’s my gig. Simple.
3. Highlight your cheekbones
Stage lights do wonders for your cheekbones because of the way they are placed on the stage above your head, so why not work with it.
A little bit of highlighter makeup across the top of your cheekbones combined with a bit of contour beneath will work wonders.
Oh, and don’t forget to smile to really show them off.
4. Wear extra make-up
I’m not a big make-up wearer most days but I do trowel it on for a gig. Well, not always. If I’m just doing a low key gig or it’s a day time thing without the big stage lights, then I don’t always wear a full face, but if it’s a proper show at night then I got the whole hog.
It’s because the stage lights will wash your face out completely if you go al naturale. Make sure you go twice as dark for cheeks and wear a bright coloured lipstick. If you do a heavy foundation without ramping up the rest you will look like a ghost on stage.
Colour is your friend, just don’t go overboard.
5. Wear a costume not just an outfit
Being on stage is the one time that you really get to have fun and dress the part. Whatever your genre, make sure how you dress reflects the style. Think of your clothes as a costume rather than just an outfit and really go all out.
Sometimes I see contestants on Idol who have an entire wardrobe department at their disposal and their outfit is boring and ordinary. If that was me I’d be finding the most glamorous dress they’d let me wear and would create a whole look with the hair, makeup and accessories.
Always wanted to wear something but were too afraid? Now is your chance.
6. Wear pantyhose without any sheen
If you’re into short skirts (and I’ll give you some tips on short skirts on stage at a later date – hint: don’t let people see up your skirt ladies! – It happens all the time) then make sure you wear pantyhose without any sheen.
Why? Because the sheen reflects the stage lights and can make your legs look double the size. A lot of high profile singers wear pantyhose with all their outfits because they get the suck-you-in-and-make-you-thin brands.
I’m talking Beyonce here girls. You can bet your bottom dollar she’s wearing those kinds of pantyhose with that leotard.
7. Don’t go too heavy on the black eyeliner
Learn the difference between photoshoot make-up and stage make-up. They are very different creatures. Those stage lights which were so kind to your cheekbones are enemies of the dark circles under your eyes and wearing a heap of black eye liner just accentuates this.
It also gets hot up there so chances are your liner will run making you look like Courtney Love on a really bad day.
I hope you have enjoyed these quick tips on 7 Ways to Look Amazing On Stage.
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