Today’s look is the Columbine Doll from Act 1 of Nutcracker. Obviously you can see that I used 2 sets of eyelashes! It is absolutely optional, but it does give a doll-like appearance from the audience. If you choose to use the under-lashes, don’t worry- it’s very simple! And if you also dance in Act 2, just simply pull them off at intermission.

Jenelle Manzi and Likolani Brown of New York City Ballet.
Jenelle Manzi and Likolani Brown of New York City Ballet.

Each and every look will follow the blueprint of The Basic Stage Eye. So head there for help!


MAC Eyeshadow

Pink Freeze


Star Violet




Moon’s Reflection


Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Radium


Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in Deep Black


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 2L


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk


Step By Step

Mascara & Lashes – See Basic Stage Makeup

(Click on pictures to enlarge.)

1. Apply a baby doll pink shadow (Pink Freeze) to the lid.


2. Brush a shimmery violet (Star Violet) into the crease and outer corner of the eye to contour.


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


4. Now, using a brown liner (2L), draw a line following the crease of the eye, and connect it to the end of the black one.


5. Taking a purple-brown shadow (Trax), go over the line you just made, blending it out to ensure the line is not harsh. You could also use the same shadow you used to contour (Star Violet), or a plain brown will work just as well.


6. Now to open the eyes and give the bright-eyed baby doll look, line your waterline (the inside of your lower lid) with a white liner (Milk).


7. Using a bright blue liner, (Radium), line the lower lashline, finishing right up under the black line.


8. Blend the bottom line out with a baby blue (Moon’s Reflection) to soften it.


9. Curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara. For this doll look, I used a blue mascara by Make Up For Ever. But you can use just a plain black if you don’t want to buy blue!


10. Apply your top false lashes as usual.


11. You can absolutely stop here if you like, but I chose to add a second set of lashes for true doll eyes. To do this, use a THINNER pair- ones that are not as thick and condensed. You are going to take the OPPOSITE eye’s lash (so if you are doing the right eye, take the left eyelash), turn it upside down, and apply the glue as you normally would. Then apply it right up UNDER your lower lashes- longest part of the lash at your outer eye corner. Once they are dry, you might have to touch up the blue shadow and the white waterline liner. But that is not a problem!


 I would recommend a soft pink blush and a red lipstick. Most companies will have you apply doll cheeks- big red circles right on the apples of your cheeks. If this is the case, no need for blush!

The Royal Ballet. Photo by Dave Morgan.
The Royal Ballet.
Photo by Dave Morgan.

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