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Illamasqua creates: Dance Face Charts

Illamasqua Creates…

Ballet Face Charts for the Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Mixed Programme 2015
Works by Christopher Bruce CBE, Caroline Finn and Sharon Watson.

“Daring, exciting, dynamic choreography danced with vigour enjoyment and pride” – The Stage 2014

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Photography credit: Photography Richard Moran

We speak with our Charli Butterfield from the Leeds store who was asked to create a beauty look for the Phoenix Dance Theatre, formed in 1981 in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix is one of Britain’s leading contemporary dance companies. Find out how they worked together to create a look the dancers can create and wear;

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Charli, speaking about the brief:

“So, Phoenix Dance Theatre approached me with some inspiration images for the final act look for their dancers. The idea of the piece is that the dancers are at a surreal dinner party and they wanted their faces to look a bit worn/dusty – like an old doll – as if they were wearing masks. The costume designer and director wanted to achieve an ashy look, but also have the dancers with dewy skin underneath (as if it were not their real face). The brief was also that the dancers would have 15 mins between acts to apply the look (on top of what they are already wearing) and that it would need to be smudged/part removed at the end of the performance! The female dancers were to have a dark red/plum lip (as per the face chart).”

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Tearfall (Photography credit: Photography Richard Moran)

The decision: 

Phoenix Dance Theatre and Charli discussed this further and: “We decided together that it was important that we kept the look relatively simple – focusing on the skin looking both fake and ashy, using products that the dancers would be able to apply quickly and with ease.”

They then agreed on the following Illamasqua products for the look;

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The final look:

SKIN: Skin Base Foundation (in the dancer’s matching tone) mixed with Skin Base Foundation in 01 to lighten the skin (for the doll/mask look) – also using Satin Primer to really give the skin a dewy glow as requested.

Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus and Powder Foundation in 323 to deepen the skin in targeted areas and (Incubus to) add a grey dusted effect.

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EYES: Precision Gel Eyeliner for eye detailing (such as liner), eye brows and smudged under the bottom lash line for a dramatic dark eye.

Powder Eye Shadow in Obsidian over the under eye smudged liner to set.

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LIPS: Cream Blusher in Crush on the lips (to enable easier smudging at the end of the act) or Growl Lipstick if a stronger colour and staying power is required.

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Find out more about the Phoenix Dance Theatre here on their Website, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter


 Thanks for reading!



Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert