Here's your ultimate guide to balletcore beauty

There’s just something so dreamy about the off-duty ballet dancer aesthetic—it’s the perfect mix of ultra-girly and athleisure. “Pops of pastels and pink are gaining popularity, so it’s the perfect time to embrace the hyper-feminine style that is balletcore,” shares makeup artist Sam Kyle.

Sure, you can snag a pair of leg warmers and wrap up in a fuzzy shrug, but nothing completes the vibe quite like satiny shadows and skin with sheen. See you at the studio...

Pretty in pink


A ballet girlie always nails the dewy look. “Think of this as a combination of two other beloved viral beauty trends: strawberry makeup and glazed doughnut skin,” Kyle shares.

Keep your base lightweight and glowy, then blend pink cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and across the bridge of your nose. “For the eyes, I love to emulate the satin finish of a ballerina’s signature flats with pearly shadows,” says Kyle. Use the same cream blush as a base, then add a shimmery shade to the center of the lids and the inner corners of the eyes.

Sweep a touch of highlighter across your cheekbones, then finish with pink lipstick. “Apply it to the center of the lips, then use a fluffy makeup brush to blend out, creating a just-kissed touch of color,” Kyle advises. Finish with a gloss for extra shine.

Get the look:
🩰 Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in Rebel Star, $24,
🩰 Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Creams in Warm Me Up, $7,
🩰 Mirabella Pro Full Face Trio in Spellbound, $32,

Top it with a bow


A simple ballet bun is a must. “Start by gathering your hair into a low ponytail,” says celeb stylist MJ Snyder. “Then, twist the hair until it wraps around itself to create a bun.” Secure it with a hair tie around the base and add a few bobby pins so it doesn’t budge. “Smoothing serum or shine spray keeps it sleek,” says Snyder.

Our favorite balletcore hair moment? Weaving a ribbon through two French braids to create a corset effect. Start by threading the ribbon under the top of your braid and pulling it through the other one, just like lacing up your sneakers. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the braid and tie the two ends of the ribbon into a bow.

Not a braid babe? Popping a ribbon on your pony or pigtails works, too.

Get the look:
🩰 Free People Petite Bow in Pink, $12,
🩰 Unite Hair 7seconds Glossing Spray, $36,

Sheer genius


A pink mani is a timeless classic, but paler shades need perfect polish technique to look luminous.

Quickly swipe your nail beds with a cotton pad soaked in acetone to remove any oils, then add a base coat. Once that's dry, apply two coats of your favorite pinky neutral tone.

“The key to getting a flawless and salon-worthy manicure is making sure each coat is thin and even,” says Amy Ling Lin, founder of Sundays. "Thicker, runny coats can lead to streaks, smudges and a longer drying time,” she says. Make sure each layer dries completely before moving on to the next one.

Add a top coat to seal your work and reapply every few days to keep your nails looking shiny and new. (Feeling fancy? Pick pearlescent top coat for an ethereal finish.)

Get the look:
🩰 Sundays L.07 Pearl Collection, $20,

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by Erin Reimel | 3/2/2024