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Performing on stage can be a daunting task, and it’s natural to feel nervous leading up to a recital. However, with proper preparation and self-care, you can manage those pre-recital nerves and give a successful performance. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for managing those nerves and incorporating makeup and skincare into your routine.

1. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the most effective ways to manage pre-recital nerves is to practice as much as possible. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will feel with your material and the less anxious you will be on stage. Set aside dedicated practice time each day leading up to your recital, and focus on areas that need the most work. Consider recording yourself during practice sessions to identify areas that need improvement.

2. Prepare Mentally

In addition to physical preparation, it’s important to prepare mentally for your recital. Visualization exercises can be helpful in reducing anxiety and improving confidence. Spend time visualizing yourself performing successfully, and focus on the positive outcomes of your performance. Avoid dwelling on potential mistakes or negative outcomes, as this can increase anxiety.

3. Get Plenty of Rest

Getting enough rest is crucial for managing pre-recital nerves. Lack of sleep can increase anxiety and make it more difficult to focus during your performance. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night leading up to your recital. Establishing a regular sleep routine can also be helpful in promoting restful sleep.

4. Start with a solid skincare routine

Before you even think about makeup application, it’s important to start with a solid skincare routine. A clear, healthy skin can make all the difference in how you feel on stage. Begin with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, and consider incorporating a serum or facial oil for added hydration. If you’re prone to breakouts, be sure to use non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. Featuring all the essentials to support your skin throughout performance season, our Full Kit is gentle yet impactful with a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, hydrate, lip scrub, and vitamin E stick – ensuring your skin stays healthy and glowing on stage!

5. Choose makeup that makes you feel confident

When it comes to makeup for performances, it’s all about what makes you feel confident. Some performers prefer a bold, dramatic look, while others prefer a more natural, understated approach. Whatever your preference, choose products that are long-lasting and won’t smudge or fade during your performance. Consider using a setting spray to ensure your makeup stays in place. Achieve long-lasting makeup before hitting the stage with our  100ml bottle setting spray – simply mist the face 2-4 times and let it fully dry to ensure your makeup stays put!

6. Practice your makeup look beforehand

Just as you would rehearse your performance, it’s important to practice your makeup look beforehand. This will not only help you feel more confident in your application skills, but also give you an idea of how much time you need to allocate for makeup on the day of your recital. Consider practicing your makeup look during a dress rehearsal to ensure it complements your costume and overall aesthetic. Our easy step-by-step beauty tutorials have got you covered, ensuring you look your best every time!

7. Stay Hydrated and Well-Nourished

Proper hydration and nutrition are important for managing pre-recital nerves. Be sure to drink plenty of water and consume nutrient-dense foods leading up to your recital. Avoid consuming too much caffeine or sugary foods, as these can exacerbate anxiety.

8. Develop Coping Mechanisms

Even with the best preparation, pre-recital nerves are a natural part of performing. Developing coping mechanisms can be helpful in reducing anxiety in the moment. Breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and positive self-talk can all be effective in reducing anxiety and improving confidence. Identify techniques that work best for you and practice them leading up to your recital. Designed with performers in mind and their unique set of needs, our Performance Wellness Kit offers natural healing solutions with a set of five unique essential oils – Energy, Focus, Calm, Rest, and Relief. This wellness kit is a great tool to help you alleviate anxiety and promote calmness, especially during high-pressure situations.

Managing pre-recital nerves is all about taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Practicing your performance, preparing mentally, getting enough rest, developing coping mechanisms, and incorporating skincare and makeup into your routine are all important steps to take. By following these tips, you’ll be able to feel confident and give your best performance on stage. Remember to focus on the positive outcomes and trust in your preparation.

Launched in 2015, Stagebeautyco is a customizable and full service makeup line designed specifically for performance teams. We work with dance teams from beginning to end to create bold and unique makeup looks, custom kits, step by step video tutorials, easy online ordering and more! To learn more about our line and service, visit

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