Backstage Beauty At Cirque Du Soleil With Performer Julie Cameron PLUS Her Make-Up Must-Haves For Off-Duty Days

15 January 2014 by

Quidam, Cirque Du Soleil (Premier Communications)

Although we admit we could spend hours analysing every last teensy detail of catwalk and red-carpet beauty looks, there’s just something about theatrical make-up that never fails to make us look on in absolute awe. So, you can imagine how excited we were to hear that Cirque Du Soleil’s latest instalment was to touch down in London-town this year. In fact, a certain member of team Grazia beauty admits that, as a child, her obsession with face paint was, well, pretty obsessive, so you can imagine how star-struck she felt at chatting to the show’s star Aerial Contortionist, Julie Cameron. Having been training in acrobatics since the age of 9 and having won various medals for the Great Britain Senior Acrobatics Team, it’s safe to say Julie is a total pro and is now working her magic at Quidam, Cirque Du Soleil’s latest production. Read on to find out what we learnt about Julie and the products we found inside her make-up bag…

(Premier Communications)

The 5 Things We Learnt From Julie Cameron

1. All the performers apply their own make-up: “In Montreal, at the Cirque du Soleil Head Quarters there is a whole department that specializes in make-up and we’re provided with make-up classes with professional make-up artists and designers. They teach us everything from blending to shading to tips on creating different illusions on your face. We’re given a step by step guide at the end though!”

2. She needs at least an hour to prep her make-up before a show: “During the show I have my hair down so depending on what kind of hair day I am having it can take between 10-20minutes to prepare my hair, and my make-up takes me at least an hour.”

3. Applying her make-up in stages gives staying power: “Our make-up on stage needs some serious staying power as it has to last for up to 12 hours whilst doing physical activity. We start by applying cream pigments, set the make-up with a neutral set, then use paints and powders to blend and add final touches.”

4. She’s become a pro at make-up removal: “Once you’ve worn heavy stage make-up you really realise the importance of removing it properly. There are several stages to my make-up removal after a performance. I start by breaking down the eye make-up with a special remover and use an oil to break down the rest of the make-up before washing with either SKII Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel or Cetaphil- my two favourites!”

5. MAC is a backstage favourite: “We use a lot of MAC products. I really love all the bright colours, especially their Retro Matte Lipstick and they do amazing eyelashes too.”

Inside Julie's make-up bag

What’s Inside Julie’s Make-Up Bag

Dr.G Gowoonsesang Brightening Balm, Made in Korea: This is such a great light foundation for a perfect day glow.

Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, £16: Ideal for covering up little imperfections.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, £15: My favourite facial highlighter and works great as an eye-shadow primer too.

Too Faced Naked Eye Shadow Palette, £29: I love this palette as it contains the perfect mix of round-the-clock shades, perfect for day and night.

Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance, £31: I love the peachy shade of this powder blush. Perfect for adding a real flush of freshness.

Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £13: This has a really fine tip for extra precision. 

bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush, £19: This is a great, sturdy blusher blush. One of my true favourites.

Benefit Speed Brow, £13: This is great as it tames the brows without making them too crispy.

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 111, £5.49: The Kate Moss range has a great range of deep, intense colours, but this one is definitely my must-have. Plus, it’s really good quality and such a bargain!

Julie will be performing in Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam from 4th January- 16th February. For more information click here.


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