Katy Perry’s dancer tells us how she prepped for the Super Bowl performance
We caught up with Canadian dancer
Winnie Chang, who joined former
ELLE Canada cover girl Katy Perry on stage during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. Chang talks to us about working with the singer, layering on stage makeup and an unusual use for hairspray.
On working with Katy Perry: “
Katy Perry is amazing. She is one of the artists that I feel truly takes care of her dancers. She’s friendly, really easy going, and super fun. She just makes sure that the dancers always have everything that we need, she’s just phenomenal to work with."
On training for the performance: "When I was still in L.A., I had hour-long sessions with my personal trainer: half an hour of it was weight training, the sports performance type stuff, and the last half hour would be Muay Thai. When we came to Phoenix, I just did my own workouts in the gym – usually a mixture of high intensity interval training and weight training – in addition to our rehearsals. On the day of the Super Bowl, my roommate and I woke up around 8:00am and went to the gym and just danced – freestyled – for about an hour. Then I did 30 minutes of ab work, and headed to the stadium.”
On keeping makeup from melting off: “I like to use the Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer, it really makes foundation go on super smooth and silky. I usually finish with a fixing spray, either the M.A.C. Prep + Prime Fix+ or the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Those things help the makeup last way longer, but it is somewhat inevitable that you will get some sweat streaks through your foundation/blush when you’re doing an hour- or two-hours-long show and going hard! But I can tell you that if you don’t mind possibly clogging your pores, putting hairspray on your face keeps makeup on like no other. When I was shooting Justin Bieber’s
Beauty and a Beat music video [at a water park], that’s how we kept all our makeup on, even being in and out of the water for 13 hours!”
On the importance of makeup removal: “After a show, I like to use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes to remove most of my makeup and then I wash my face with an oil-based cleanser and a very gentle exfoliant. Then I put on a toner, a hydrating serum and a nourishing cream. If I have time, I also put a mask on to soothe my skin from all the sweating and heavy stage makeup. I think it’s important to cleanse your skin as soon as you can after a performance or after sweating a lot, because the sweat is full of the toxins your body is trying to get rid of and having that sit and mix with the makeup on your skin is only a recipe for bacteria to fester!”
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