Bharatanatyam Makeup Tutorial In 10 Simple Steps June 25, 2016

Bharatanatyam is a famous Indian form of classical dance that requires not just proper postures and movements but right kind of makeup too!!!

Dancers of this form often go with bold and colourful makeup to show grace on the stage as well as to do justice to this unique dance form. If you are wondering how they get the perfect makeup, you will find answers to all your queries in this article!!!

Bharatanatyam makeup is done with great precision, ensuring it suits the dance form and also the ambience lighting that highlight the makeup. Thus, most artists in this field stick to waterproof and smudge resistant makeup that ensure that dancer looks picture perfect at all times during performance.

Make up must be suited to the skin tone perfectly and for that, you will need good quality makeup brushes and makeup sponges. The unevenness of the skin tone should also be covered with makeup perfectly.

Bharatanatyam Makeup Tips

You can follow the simple basic steps for Bharatanatyam makeup:

Step 1:

Use a sweat proof concealer and foundation so that the makeup stays on place. Also, you need to apply a good quality photogenic primer.

Next, apply a stick concealer lighter than your skin tone on the spots & blemishes and even on your eyelids. Ensure that you go with a good quality foundation on the face, including eyelids and blend in with a makeup sponge properly.

Tip: Test two foundations on the jaw line, to know which one matches your skin tone exactly. Alternatively, you can also blend in two foundations to get the desired colour.

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Start with brows, darken them using an eyebrow pencil. Now take a brow powder and apply over the brow with a sponge applicator to smudge the brow pencil’s effect and give it a more natural effect.

Step 3:

For eye shadow, you have to choose 3 basic tones of a particular colour. For example, if you are choosing a pink tone, then choose a dark pink shade that is to be applied in a thin form just above the upper lash line.

Next, choose a tone lighter to this one and apply horizontally to almost cover the whole of lid.

The third tone is to be the lightest of the three colours and use it to cover up till the brow bones.

Step 4:

The eyes are essential in this form of Indian classical dance because they express the complete theme of the dance. Thus, ensure your eyes look extremely bold and dramatic.

Start by using darkest of kohl and kajal to line the top lash line ending in a tail or winged extension. Line the lower lash line below the rim to broaden the line and drag the lower lining extending in another tail.

Do not forget applying sufficient Mascara.

Step 5:

Line the lips with a maroon or red lip liner or the colour that matches the saree you are wearing.

Once you fill the lips with a perfect lipstick, put a dollop of lip-gloss on the top and lower lip centre for a fuller and thicker lip appearance, but retain the matte effect, as it is mostly preferred in this makeup style.

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Step 6:

For the cheeks, use a rosy blush on to the contours by sucking your cheeks in.

Step 7:

Put a large round bindi if you have a round face or you may go for a teardrop shaped bindi.

Step 8:

Your Bharatanatyam makeup is done. As for the hair, you could make a bun and decorate it with false flower garlands or seek professional assistance for a different hairdo.

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Step 9:

Front nose rings are a common jewellery accessory in this dance form, you could consider it as optional if you are uncomfortable wearing it.

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Step 10:

Finally, you can decorate your palms, on top and inside region by colouring with red in the form of circles, also using the same colour for the fingertips.

And thats it! Your perfect Bharatanatyam eye makeup and face makeup is done!

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  • sravaniiyar

    good job zinnia superb !!! very very nice thanks for article :)

    • Zinnia

      Thank you sooooo soooooo much :D i am loving ur hard work paid off since u guys liked it so much :) thank you once again :)

  • StyleCraze

    Awesome. Our FB Pic of the day.

    • Zinnia

      Thank You sooooo much….gosh …i could manage and pull it off thank God .. :D thanks for the opportunity :D

  • puja malhotra

    Wow amazing zinnia..very well done…simply superb..:)

    • Zinnia

      Thank You Puja gladddddd really ..that u guys found it good enuf :)

  • Ekantika

    Absolutely gorgeous.

    • Zinnia

      Thank you soo much Ekantika :) u guys make it work :)

  • Daksha

    Very innovative- just like the original bharatnatyam dancers makeup. Totally flawless.

    • Zinnia

      Thanks a tonnnn :) i just try ….u guys give the courage to try these ..:) thank you for the appreciation :) :)

  • trevor

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who
    you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

    • Zinnia

      Hey mate thank u :D love ur appreciation, well u accidentally landed here but u got a view of a nice thing and i got a nice comment from u …..sooo a big thank u Cheers too :D

  • keerthi

    Very sorry……This is not a Bharathanatyam make-up. I am a professional Bharathanatyam dancer from the original land of Bharathanatyam , Tamilnadu.
    We have specific tools, shades and rules for the make-up. and you cant finish Bharathanatyam makeup in few steps. its a one hour make-up.

    My dear friend you should not put anything like this without knowing it completely.

    • Zinnia

      tried my best as to however it appears in appearance ,i mean the makeup, we cnt get those tools and stuff here and we really don’t have full knowledge of tamil nadu culture. it’s the best one can put up with in short time and limited knowledge and quick bharatnatyam makeup.
      Ur a dancer so i can understand ur sentiments,didnt mean to hurt them:) still …thank u for dropping in ur cmnt :)

  • dhanya

    makeup glue must be mixed with cream foundation and applied on the eyebrows so that the natural eyebrow is not visible. you have to draw the eyebrow over it using kajal. instead of eyeliner kajal is used for eyes and after the foundation lip liner is used to re shape the lips. and bharathanatyam make up is heavy , pink blush is applied on the cheeks.

    • Zinnia

      yes seriously heavy makeup, thanks for the add ons :)

      • dhanya99

        glad to help

  • DancerThika

    I feel this is absolutely not at all what bharathanatyam makeup looks like. I am only 13 but I have been a dancer for 7 years now (and I have finished my arangetram, mind you) So I should know what bharathanatyam makeup looks like. I apologise for being so mean but this makeup is very poorly done. Especially the face, which is absolutely dull and the bindi, which should not be drawn, it should be pasted for better quality. So please do research and find better pictures to use for a tutorial and not something of such low quality. I’m sorry once again for my rude tone, but I am trying to help.

    • Richa

      It’s always encouraging when we have readers like you! Thanks for the Input. We shall look into it :)

  • vy

    I agree. Nice effort but certainly not accurate. I’ve been a Bharatanatyam dancer for 17 years, and this is a poor representation of the makeup component.