Okay, a big competition is coming up soon and you are just so excited (especially if it’s your first time) and you can’t wait to show off your new skills to your friends (and family). To you, everything has to be perfect on that day – and this includes your looks. You have to literally shine on stage. However, you have no idea where to begin. For the most men, it is easy to dismiss the idea of wearing makeup.
However, it is essential also to look great on stage (and also for the cameras in case they will be there!). But how do you do this without going overboard and feeling pressured to wear the brightest shade of mascara?
Salsa competition hair and makeup tips for men
When it comes to hair and makeup tips for men, there is no need for panic since it does not mean that you wear blue eyeshadow and green lipstick. It just means the general grooming tips to help you look your best and complement your partner on stage. I mean, you don’t want to be seen dancing with a gorgeous lady while wearing chapped lips or unkempt hair now do we? The best thing about hair and makeup tips for men is that you don’t want to look like you were trying too hard. In fact, the more effortless it looks the better.
Always remember that salsa is a mix of fun and a pinch of sophistication, elegance, and class in it. And this is what you will be expected to portray. That said, you do not want your hair to be running all over the place causing a distraction from your choreography or, worse still, distracting your partner. Therefore, depending on the length of your hair, you can draw inspiration from the 1940s where the men used to trim off the sides and back of their head and nicely style the middle part to either side. However, if your hair is long enough, you can just tie it into a simple but classic ponytail. If you just browse over the 1940s men’s hairstyles you should be able to find one that works best for you (and your partner).
When it comes to makeup for your upcoming salsa competition, it is also advisable that you go for an effortless look. The secret lies in defining your facial features – highlighting the good ones and toning down on the less appealing features. All this still has to appear effortless. The most basic makeup items you will need for this include a moisturiser, foundation, powder, a bronzer, a sponge and brush for applying the makeup.
Obviously, you have to wash your face first before you start applying your makeup. A moisturiser is an essential part of makeup since it helps in nourishing your skin and it is also responsible for giving you a glossy look. It literally makes your face glow and look radiant. It is important to choose a moisturiser that is well suited for your skin type. If you do not know your skin type, then go for a moisturiser that is suitable for all skin types. Apply the moisturiser on your face just like you would normally apply facial oil or lotion. You can use a small piece of tissue paper to pat it on your face or blow dryer to help get rid of any excess moisturiser.
The next thing to apply is the foundation. You can use a sponge when applying to ensure that it sets correctly and to get rid of any excess foundation.
It is important to understand that the main aim of applying powder is to help in setting the bronzer. It is best applied with a brush and from the centre of your face towards the outside.
This is the last step of your makeup application process yet it is the most crucial one. First things first, you need to choose a bronzer that best suits your skin tone. Feel free to consult your dance partner on this but it is also good to know how to do it yourself. A bronzer is not applied to all parts of your face all at once. It is important to note that lighter shades are applied to areas of your face which you would like to highlight while darker shades of the bronzer are applied to areas where you would like to create depth. A bronzer is important in sharpening your facial features and taking you away from the typical plain look. You can check out video tutorials until you are confident enough to go about it.
Salsa competition hair and makeup for men don’t have to be rocket science. In fact, with enough practice, you can easily do it in your sleep since it is effortless and it takes a little time to finish. All you need to know is that you need to pay more attention to the face, ears and both the front and back of your neck. So, to all men out there, if you have a salsa competition coming up soon, it is time to add “hair and makeup” into your schedule!