Odile has recently become one of the most famous characters in all of ballet, though most don’t actually know her real name. Most people only know of her as the Black Swan. Along with Natalie Portman’s Oscar winning performance, Swan Lake shot to stardom in its own right.
While Portman’s Black Swan makeup was so incredibly detailed, it would actually never work for the classical stage version of Swan Lake. It is much to dark and cumbersome. The leading ballerina also always dances both the White and Black Swan roles, so realistically there would not be enough time to do that much of a makeup change between acts.
Here is a look that I came up with that I wore during a guest performance of Swan Lake with Mobile Ballet. I easily added the details to my White Swan look at intermission within 5 minutes. This is a look that reads as a swan while still working for the classical stage.
Base – Please see my Basic Stage Makeup tutorial.
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