Michele Wiles, World-Renowned Ballerina, talks beauty
Stunning on stage and off, Michele Wiles, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, maintains her gorgeous skin through a regimen perfected for her challenging schedule. This summer, I had the pleasure of attending Michele’s performance of Odette in Swan Lake, an emotionally charged and technically exquisite interpretation of the tragic Swan Queen. Meeting Michele backstage, she shared a few beauty secrets in addition to advice for aspiring ballerinas.
What is your normal skincare regimen? What are some of your favorite products?
I wash my face twice a day with Lancôme’s Ablutia Fraicheur Purifying Foaming Gel. Some of my other favorite brands include Chanel and Shiseido, and the color cosmetics from Bobby Brown.
Does your beauty routine change for performances?
No, it does not change except I use makeup removing wipes from Pond’s to remove the heavy stage makeup and then I wash. My face is sometimes dry after all of that and I will apply a light Lancôme cream.
Do you wear makeup when not performing? What are some of your favorite products?
Yes, I wear makeup when not performing – all from Lancôme. I use Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer in Porcelaine I under my eyes, translucent powder all over my face, Virtuôse Divine Lasting Curves Mascara on my lashes, and Le Rouge Absolu lipstick in Sepia Chic.
How do you prepare your skin before a performance? Do you apply your own stage makeup?
First, I wash my face before applying makeup for performances. Sometimes, I apply my own stage makeup but most of the time Riva, ABT’s makeup artist, applies my makeup for a performance. Some of my favorite stage products are from Eve Pearl cosmetics.
Do you have any makeup or skin care tips for aspiring ballerinas?
My advice to young ballerinas is to always be respectful of the art and look your best. This means you should wear a little makeup and have neat hair because that way your look adds to your dancing as well.
See Michele in person on August 2 as she hosts the Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow program in New York City’s Central Park. The event plans to bring together 1,000 ballerinas from across the country in an attempt to break the world record for “Most Ballerinas En Pointe” at one time. Proceeds from the gathering will benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club performing arts program. For more information, visit www.angelinaballerina.com/usa/stars.asp.