Fairy God Mother Stage Makeup

Tanya Sharma
Use stage makeup for professional performances.

Whether you're starring in a performance of Cinderella or just planning to go all out for Halloween, a lesson in the fine art of fairy god mother stage makeup can come in especially helpful. Creating this look can be a fun project, particularly if you enjoy playing with different colors. It's also a great look for anyone who considers herself a true "girly-girl"; you just can't get more feminine and sweet than this!

The Inspiration

The general image of a fairy god mother usually comes courtesy of Disney's famed Cinderella. She might even be likened to Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Both women sport an ethereal, elegant look that is soft and light. It should come as no surprise that so many women find inspiration in this softly glamorous, very wearable look.

Another point to note is that it's rather versatile. Fairy god mother-inspired makeup needn't be over the top or intense to make a statement. In fact, the strongest, most realistic statement is made with the most subtle effects and colors.

The Art of Fairy God Mother Stage Makeup

If you're interested in learning the art of fairy god mother stage makeup, you'll need a few specific colors to achieve the look. Though it can be tempting to opt for a dramatic look, particularly for an occasion like Halloween, most god mother looks are enchanting and low-key. However, stage makeup naturally demands a slightly heavier hand, so you can expect to be a bit more liberal than you would be otherwise. To create the perfect fairy god mother look, you'll need:

  • Liquid highlighter
  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Cream blush
  • Eye shadow base
  • Cream eye shadow
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Lip stain

Feel free to play around a bit to achieve your quintessential fairy god mother look. To start, try this simple approach:

  1. Apply moisturizer all over the face. The key is for your skin to look and feel dewy and soft.
  2. Pump a bit of foundation onto the back of your hand and add just a bit less liquid highlighter to the mix. Blend the two to create a luminous mixture.
  3. Apply this blend all over the face, paying special attention to the cheekbones, temples and chin (places where the sun naturally hits and leaves a glow).
  4. Blend a cream blush in a rosy pink hue over the apples of the cheeks. To do this, smile broadly and blend thoroughly. Cream blush is quite malleable and blends beautifully on moisturized skin, so the end result should be a gorgeous, natural flush. If done properly, you might look as though you've just come in from the cold.
  5. It's all about the eyes! Apply an eye shadow base, like the ever-reliable Urban Decay Primer Potion, all over the eyelids. This will help adhere your shadow, and since you're using a cream formula it will add some extra luminosity to the look.
  6. Since you're going for a god mother look (and not a princess!), keep your color more on the transparent side. A shot of cream shadow in a lustrous shade is a good choice: Try Urban Decay Moonshine (a pale silver infused with silver glitter) or Whipped (a radiant, golden peach infused with subtle hints of gold shimmer).
  7. Curl your lashes using an eyelash curler and add a coat or two of black mascara to finish the eyes with subtle polish.
  8. The perfect lip color gives off that "just bitten" vibe: It's more of a berry than a red, and it looks fresh and girly, not dark and dramatic. Try tarte Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain in Pink for a dose of radiance.

If You're On Stage

If your big debut happens to literally be on the big stage - and not, say, on a spooky evening in October - then you'll want to invest in some high-quality, professional makeup. MAC Cosmetics is a great option for stage usage, but if you're in the market for something geared specifically toward stage professionals, check out the selection at Mehron. You'll find everything from tools to colors.

Fairy God Mother Stage Makeup