Meaghan Grace Hinkis in 'The Nutcracker.' Photo by Bill Cooper, courtesy of The Royal Ballet

Makeup Must-Haves at The Royal Ballet

Sprinkled in among Royal Ballet soloist Meaghan Grace Hinkis' performance shots on Instagram are some seriously stunning close-up pictures of her corresponding beauty looks. From chiseled cheekbones to gold-dusted wigs, Hinkis fully embraces her ballet beauty routine. "I love doing stage makeup," she says. "It's fun to change up the look depending on the role I'm playing."



Originally from the U.S. (she danced with American Ballet Theatre before joining The Royal Ballet in 2011), Hinkis still buys many of her beauty products when she's home for a visit. "As soon as I y to New York, I go to Sephora." From her sweatproof stage makeup to her simplified off-duty routine, here are Hinkis' beauty essentials.

Photo by Jayme Thornton

Favorite Skin-Care Products

Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser, $39
"I discovered this on tour in Australia."

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $47
"I use this before my moisturizer at night, and I wake up with glowing skin."

Trish McEvoy Beta Hydroxy Pads Daily Exfoliator, $65.50
"Stage makeup is rough on the skin, especially with all of the sweat from dancing. These pads clear out my pores and make my skin feel fresh."

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Cream, $92
"This absorbs quickly and doesn't make my face feel greasy."

Onstage Staples

NARS Contour Blush in Olympia, $42
"I contour along the bottom edge of my cheekbone, following the curve of my bone structure. For stage, I put it along my hairline, too."

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, $17.50
"This is my favorite bold lip!"

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, $35
"This is the best if you don't want to worry about sweating off your makeup!"

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder, $36
"Make Up For Ever products are quite hard to come by in London, so I always stock up when I'm home. I use this after my foundation to set it."

Off-Duty Picks

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, $27.50
"I've tried so many other mascaras, but I always end up back with this one."

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, $37
"I swear by this powder. It usually lasts the whole day."

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