how to do natural look raggedy anne makeup

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m playing Raggedy Ann in the upcoming ballet performance.  I’ve can’t really find a how-to online, so I thought I’d write a couple of my own.  Here’s a step-by-step makeup guide on how to create a Raggedy Ann look on the more natural side.

  • Start with your foundation base.
  • cheeks: Use your regular color blush or maybe a little darker. I used a foundation brush (Mary Kay of course) because it’s a lot stiffer than a blush brush so it can apply heavy color in a circular shape easier than a softer blush brush. Smile big so you can see the apples of your cheeks and you know where to apply the color. Now stop smiling and press the applicator to your cheeks and leave it in one place but swish it slightly. Make sense?  Keep applying color until you get it as dark as you want it. Repeat on the other side.
  • freckles: Use a soft pencil eyeliner to apply freckles.  Press liner onto your face and keep in one place and turn the eyeliner. Don’t try to draw it on or the freckles will be too big (unless you want them really big) and they won’t be perfect little circles.  I used Cover Girl eyeliner (the cheapest one with the sponge on the opposite end.) If your pencil isn’t drawing as nicely as you like, wet the tip and try again.
  • eyebrows: Use a stiff brush to fill in color and enhance your brows. You can also use a brow pencil.  Because this is a more natural rag doll look, you can use your normal brow liner color. If you’re not used to doing that, you can feather in with an eyeliner or dark brown eye shadow. I used a shadow with a reddish tint rather than my usual brown.
  • eyelashes: False eyelashes of course! Follow the directions on your package.  Or use lots of mascara. I didn’t do anything to my lower lashes for this photo because I was going for a more natural look. (Raggedy Ann crazy eyes coming soon. I already have pictures!)
  • lips: Rock ‘n Red nourishine plus lipgloss by Mary Kay matches perfectly with a Raggedy Ann yarn wig.  This wig is available off Amazon through several different vendors. The wig comes with pigtails, but I thought it looked better down with a headband and bow.
  • coming soon: bolder Raggedy Ann look for performance and stage

liturgical costumes: the sarcasm and the serious

I came across a seven year old post about liturgical costumes and I laughed the whole way through it and all 47 comments so then I had to go read the post again.

My favorite sarcastic descriptions:

“Also, please note the versatility of this costume, as it also allows you to wear again if ever you had to double as medieval court jester in a pantomime. Glorious!”

“Please also note the flattering V-shape of the blouse, which succeeds in bringing your bosom to the region of your waist ”

“Highly recommended for roles which require you to play the angel atop the Christmas tree.”

To read more and to see the costumes being described, go here.

no more sarcasm, my serious opinion

Liturgical dance costumes should be both modest and flattering. As we focus on worshiping God, our clothing should reflect the intent and rhythm of the dance whether it’s reverent worship or joyful upbeat praise. Modesty doesn’t have to equal frumpy or ugly (what I would consider most if not all of the costumes at the above link.) Wearing something unattractive would be as much of a distraction for the audience as dressing immodestly. Our garments of praise can and should be beautiful since the One who gave us dance and the One we dance for is a God of beauty.

no diamonds allowed; think I can wear this instead?


Just 3 more days til our dress rehearsal and tonight Miss Beautiful Ballet Teacher told us what we should wear and what we may NOT wear.

False eyelashes
Coordinating lipstick: not too pink or too red (now what exactly does that mean??)
diamond/rhinestone stud earrings

nail polish
body glitter (oh darn, I just bought some for the occasion. I’ll have to wear it to church instead.)
diamond rings…so you think I can wear this garnet ring? It was my grandmother’s and matches my costume.


me and my unitard

I was telling my sister-in-law about my costume and she had to interrupt me and say,

“Wait can you repeat that?  You lost me at the word, “unitard.”

Yes, even though this costume I’m wearing is loose and flowing, it is called a unitard (but so are the skin tight ones which I am not, in fact,  wearing.)  She told me that she’ll be looking for a post called “me and my unitard.”So this post is dedicated to Miss Sister-in-Law who always wanted to take ballet as a child but who harbors no such desire as an adult.

My costume is white. The color of snow. I decided to order myself a white leotard to wear under this thing. Apparantly, one is supposed to wear a skin colored body liner, not a white one. I actually had been looking at those too, but for whatever reason, I decided to go with the white. Other ladies told me you can really see white under white but the skin colored one, you can’t see–just offers coverage. So I got online and found myself a nude colored body liner. Finding one in my size: now that was an accomplishment!

The body liners are also called second skins. You’re not kidding me. I ordered my little miss a new leotard at the same time, so they shipped together.  Her leotard (she wears girls size 8-10) was in a small enough little package, but my new liner was not just half the size of her leotard all folded up, I’d say it was 1/4 of the size or even smaller, about the size of handkerchief. Phew.  It seemed small, but boy did that sucker stretch over my torso.  Just add a couple of pads out of a sports bra, and I am ready for my white unitard.

A couple weeks ago, I had on my costume to be fitted for the burgandy overlay. As I was looking in the mirror, I started to panic. That was the first time since I made the decision to go ahead and do the performance that I was having doubts. I thought to myself, who am I to be on stage, especially wearing THIS?? Seriously, why am I doing this?  But then I told myself everyone was wearing this costume that adds 20 pounds to the hips and another 20 just in general and that the costume would look lovely with nine of us wearing them for a liturgical dance. And besides it’s just a costume, right?

Seriously, though. Nothing about this thing is slenderizing. yup. Me and my unitard and an overlay.

on costumes

Tried on a costume. No comment except to say it goes down to my ankles and comes up into a mock turtleneck so it definitely meets my rule for wearing something on stage.

  • rule #1: skirt must not be too sheer or too short
    (this is quite relative, of course)
  • rule #2: top must not be sheer or cut too low or too high
  • rule #3: to put #2 another way, no cleavage and no midriff showing

This isn’t a costume that “would make me change my mind” about dancing which is what Miss Beautiful Ballet Teacher said after I told her that NO, I wouldn’t be dancing in the performance. lol. Actually, I think she was referring to a different costume, one she has put on hold until Winter because it’s heavy and thick and perhaps too hot to wear in the Spring.

Me not participating in the performance- that was a long time ago. Well, actually not so long ago. It turns out that I am dancing after all …Catch up everybody. I originally thought no way would I be dancing this side of 2013 but things change…You’ll have to go back and read one of the reasons I changed my mind.

This particular costume will look good when many of us are wearing them together and twirling a bit.