We received an e-mail with two pages of instructions for each hair and makeup. The hair had several methods from the spongy rollers to a curling iron. We opted for the spongy roller as I figured once set, she could brush out an use massive amounts of hairspray to hold in place, and neither of us would have to fuss. The make up was a whole other issue to tackle. Full makeup for me might be a touch of blush, a little mascara and lip color. I rarely wear makeup to work, keep my hair in a no fuss style, and can get in and out of the bathroom in the morning, ready for work in less than 15 minutes. My daughters are the same way, though DD#2 is pretty good at costume, stage, and film makeup for her profession.
We looked over the directions several times to make sure we even knew what item was what. Fortunately the specific colors were provided, and we just had to supply foundation and extended length mascara. At one point the instructions read "this is not a daily look makeup. If you feel like you look like a clown or somewhat trashy, you are getting the right look." I know stage lights wash out the most defined features, so makeup is a necessity, but no one wants their baby to intentionally look "trashy". In the end, I think she looked more doll like-not trashy, but definitely overly made up.
It was a team effort, and one I hope gets easier for her, as she and her friends will help each other when they have to hit the road at 4:00 a.m. for competitions that are hours away and start at 8:00 in the morning. She loves it though, and the talent of these kids, and their competition is immense. I hear from friends who have grown kids that they miss the show choir days. Despite two older, this is new territory for us.
I'll leave you with this image. DD#2 wasn't quite this extreme, but darn close.
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