Jim Lafferty

6 Lightweight Base Makeup Options You Can Wear To Class

Rehearsal days might not require the full face of makeup (and false lashes) you break out onstage, but that doesn't mean you have to go completely bare, either. Still, slathering on a heavy foundation for class leads to streaks of color running down your face once you start to sweat and clogged pores that quickly turn into breakouts. That's where these lightweight formulas come into play. A mix of BB creams (short for beauty balm) and tinted moisturizers, this list combines the best of both worlds when it comes to skincare and base makeup, helping to even out your skin tone and create a more fresh-faced finish. Plus, they melt right into your skin to work with you while you perfect that triple pirouette.

1. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream
If you tend to break out, this BB cream will help you cover up existing acne and work to prevent future breakouts while you dance. How? The oil-free formula contains 2% salicylic acid, which is an exfoliating acne-fighting ingredient.

2. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint
The sheerest of them all, Glossier's breathable formula is cruelty-free, and it's free of common skin irritants like parabens, alcohol and fragrance. The squeezable bottle makes it easy to throw in your bag and apply more with your fingertips throughout the day, too.

3. Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme
For fair skin tones, this is the ultimate in lightweight coverage. Formulated with mineralized floral water and antioxidants to keep your skin hydrated, the balm also evens out your skintone and leaves behind a slightly illuminated finish.

4. Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint
The rollerball applicator makes this another option that's easy to store in your bag for post-class touch ups—plus, the silver rollerball is cooling after working up a sweat. A blend of avocado, mandarin, grapeseed and olive oils also makes this sheer tint moisturizing.

5. L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
Packaged in a tiny compact that means there's no chance of a spill in your dance bag, this cushion foundation lets you build up the coverage from a light to medium finish.

6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Oil-free so it won't clog up your pores as you're sweating, this classic tinted moisturizer is long-wearing and dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin types.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

December 2020