Winter wonderland. Center stage. Cue one of my favorite moments in The Nutcracker ballet. Delicate snow begins to sprinkle over the stage and the dancing of elegant and spritely snowflakes commences. Swirls of pirouettes enter and exit stage left and stage right, a pattern of tutus whooshing across the stage. Then it’s time for the Snow Queen to make her entrance. Regal and sparkling as Tchaikovsky fills the theater and the Queen sparkles as she dances under the falling snow.

The Nutcracker‘s Snow Queen wears a sparkling pancake tutu, satin pointe shoes, and delightful and fierce makeup. Inspired by this classic character, let’s put on a glam Snow Queen makeup look, perfect for the holiday season. Makeup is a creative way to channel the mood of the season! Remember you can add any detail you like when it comes to your look. The steps here will be working through a stage makeup look.


Every makeup look starts with a good foundation to build upon. This is the first step of our makeup look. Everyone has something different that works for them when it comes to starting their makeup, and that’s awesome! From primer, face creams, and SPF to moisturizer, concealer, and foundation, do what works for you here. Don’t forget to smile at your artistry! You are gorgeous with and without makeup.


Hello, eyes! To give this Snow Queen a look that glistens under the stage lights, I added a shimmer powder eyeshadow. I began with eyeshadow in cool tones and balanced out the look with a gradual ombre to warm-toned eyeshadow colors on the outside of my eyelid. You can enhance this look with winged black eyeliner and mascara for beautiful butterfly eyelashes with volume.


Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Or should I say, let it sparkle? This dancing Nutcracker star knows how to light up the stage, sparkling across the dance floor. To give the Queen’s look the perfect shimmer, I used a high-shine highlighter swept upward over my cheekbones and inner eyelids. This look is icy and cold! I also applied shimmer blush to my cheeks in a red/pink shade. Dancing through snow-covered forests on stage, the Snow Queen has rosy cheeks, too! Glow girl, from the inside out!


One of the finest elements of this stage makeup look is the classic red lipstick. Applying this part of my makeup is the best. Lipstick completes the look, and dancers have been using red lipstick on stage throughout dance history. This timeless bright color helps define your face on stage from afar, projecting your expressions outward for a large audience. Elegant and bold, I used a matte rouge red lipstick for my look.

Doing makeup is like creating art. You are an artist! You can paint any picture you want and dance every dance. Have fun trying your own holiday and stage makeup styles in ways that you love. My favorite thing about snow is that no two snowflakes are alike. Each falling snowflake is original with its very own rare design. Just like a snowflake, each of us is is absolutely unique! Embrace what makes you You and love your beauty! Happy holidays!

What is your favorite part of The Nutcracker? Tag me (@royalcouturexo) and Showstopper (@goshowstoppermagazine) on social media with the hashtag #RoyalCoutureXShowstopper to show us your glam ballet styles!


Christy Lyn

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Christy Lyn is a ballerina, model, designer, and choreographer. She started dancing at a very young age and currently choreographs and trains in multiple styles of dance with a focus in ballet. Her choreography work has debuted at the Lincoln Center in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow.” Christy walks and dances in fashion shows for national and international designers at LAFW and NYFW. She is also the unstoppable designer and founder of the chic dance fashion brand Royal Couture.