Nutcracker Makeup Series – Snowflake


After posting Sugar Plum and Arabian in the Nutcracker series, I got about a hundred requests asking for a Snowflake look. So here it is! Just about every female dancer in each and every ballet company today has at some point danced in the famous Snow Scene in Nutcracker. So this was the perfect one to do next!

As you see in this look, I used gray shades on the top and blue on the bottom. The shimmer in the gray and glitter gives a blue hue. NEVER EVER EVER do a completely blue eye, for any role. It reads HORRIBLY from the audience. So the way to use blue in your stage makeup is to use it in one area and accent with either browns or grays.

Also, if you are dancing in Snow in Act 1 and also dancing in Act 2 (as most dancers do), don’t worry about changing every bit of your makeup. Wear neutral tones on the top and blue for Snow on the bottom. Then at intermission, just change the under eye color. Or, you could just wear your Act 2 makeup for Act 1. But so you have options, here is the Snowflake look!

The Royal Ballet in the Nutcracker. Photo by John Ross.

The Royal Ballet in the Nutcracker.
Photo by John Ross.

This look follows the blueprint of The Basic Stage Eye. So head there for help!


(These are the exact products in the look- but you can use any brand you like.)

Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette Eyeshadows in Cobalt Blue, Glitter BlackPlatinum, and White Gold.


    Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in shade 04.


Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Smoke and Perversion.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyeliner in 3L.


(Optional) M.A.C. Glitter in Transparent Teal


Step By Step

(Click on pictures to enlarge.)

1. Apply a shimmery white cream base (Aqua Cream 04) on lid and follow with a shimmery white shadow (White Gold) to intensify the color. If you don’t have the cream base, you can just use the shadow.


2. Brush a small amount of a charcoal gray (Glitter Black) into the crease and outer corner of the eye to contour.


3. As usual, with your black liner (Perversion), draw a thick line along the lashes that extends slightly upward at the end.


4. Using a charcoal gray liner (Smoke), draw a line following the crease of the eye, and connect it to the end of the black one.


5. Because this is already a dark line, take a brush and blend the line out by itself first. Then, take a shimmery silver (Platinum) and blend the rest of it out to soften.


6. Using a dark blue liner (3L), line the lower lashline, finishing right up under the black line.


7. Go over the underline with a blend of the shimmery white (White Gold) and a cobalt shadow (Cobalt Blue) to soften it.


8. Curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


9. This next step is OPTIONAL. If your school or company allows, you can finish the look with glitter (Transparent Teal). Brush all over the eye. I always suggest applying glitter BEFORE you put on your false lashes. This way your lashes stay glitter free. Many times you won’t wear glitter onstage, so it’s important they stay clean.


10. Finish the look with false lashes as always!


For Snow, wear a bronzer for contour and a soft peach blush. Use an orange-based red lip color (as opposed to a blueish one) so under the blue lighting of the Snow Scene, it will appear red. Any other lip color will look purple from the audience. And NEVER NEVER NEVER wear lip gloss for Snow. Trust me, when you end up with a mouth full of fake snow stuck to your lips, you will wish you hadn’t! I learned that the hard way.

Here is the look onstage:

When I danced Snow in New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Picture from when I danced Snow in New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.

8 replies »

  1. Greetings Kathryn! These looks are gorgeous and the instructions very helpful. I’d love to share them on my Facebook ( and Blog ( if I have your permission!

  2. Thank you so much for these tutorials! Very useful, not just for ballet but for other forms of dance as well. Not sure if you’ve mentioned this before, and I’m sorry if I missed it, but what type of falsies do you use? Thank you again!

  3. I love this make up so much, I’m a snowflake in my high school version of The Nutcracker and we were just talking about what we should do for make up today and this looks like it would be perfect. Do you know of any drugstore products that would work just as well as the products you used?

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