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What to Buy to Look Like: An ABT Ballerina

She wasn’t in the American Ballet Theater, but she was a pretty hard-core ballerina. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Status can be a funny thing. Of course, it’s most obvious iteration comes with shiny hardware and easily recognizable logos, but it gets far more interesting as you narrow it down to the more opaque signals — when the way you tuck your shirt, or what you eat for breakfast, or your particular brand of notebook can mark you as in or out. And of course, what counts as a status item varies wildly across human tribes. In our series, Insider Goods, we’re talking to tribe members (some with their real names, some anonymously) to find out the status items among art-gallery assistants, or Broadway actors, or Capitol Hill interns. Today, we talk with Katie Williams, who’s been a dancer with the American Ballet Theater and in the Corps de Ballet for nearly ten years.

“We’re sponsored by M.A.C cosmetics, but the one thing that tons of people use is the Glossier Boy Brow. Onstage, having defined eyebrows is one of the key parts of your face. The audience can be so far away, and that’s something that really stands out. People used to use an eyeshadow and basically draw on an eyebrow with liner, but that’s so hit or miss. The boy brow is amazing. It takes a minute and it gives you that full shape and color and evenness.”

“Everyone is very into this skin-care line called Jordan Samuel skin because he is a former dancer. We wear tons of makeup every night onstage and it’s really heavily caked-on makeup because it has to stay through the sweat and the hours of performance. He has this oil cleanser called the Plie cleanser and it takes everything off. It’s amazing. It’s really hard to find something gentle that also gets all your makeup off and he obviously knows what that’s like because he was a dancer. All his products are amazing but that’s the numero uno.”