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Behind the scenes of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour: $4.3 million on costumes, makeup & pure magic: The Eras Tour’s next stop will be Madrid, Spain

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Behind the scenes of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour: $4.3 million on costumes, makeup & pure magic: The Eras Tour's next stop will be Madrid, Spain

 

According to inside sources who talked to the U.S. Sun, Swift’s investment in hair, makeup, and costumes for the European leg of the tour alone amounts to a whopping $4.3 million. This revelation comes amid her recent performances in Portugal (her first ever in the country), where she dazzled fans with her elaborate stage presence and dynamic performances.

 

Behind the scenes of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour: $4.3 million on costumes, makeup & pure magic: The Eras Tour's next stop will be Madrid, Spain

For sports fans familiar with the logistics and budgets of major events, the scale of Swift’s tour operations might seem familiar. Like organizing a major international sports event, Swift’s team navigates complex challenges to ensure everything runs smoothly. The tour, which includes 161 shows globally with 51 in Europe, demands meticulous planning and significant financial resources. A behind-the-scenes look reveals the enormity of the undertaking.

Behind the scenes of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour: $4.3 million on costumes, makeup & pure magic: The Eras Tour's next stop will be Madrid, Spain

The European segment of the tour, which began in Paris and will conclude in London, showcases the collaborative effort of a dedicated team. This team includes 10 makeup artists, each earning around $65,000 for their three months of work, with a budget of $500,000 dedicated solely to makeup products. The wardrobe department also plays a crucial role, managing 26 different outfits total for Swift and her backup dancers, each ensemble tailored to enhance the visual spectacle of her performances.

Behind the scenes of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour: $4.3 million on costumes, makeup & pure magic: The Eras Tour's next stop will be Madrid, Spain

Swift’s costumes, designed by top fashion houses like Versace and Roberto Cavalli, contribute significantly to the $1.3 million budget allocated for her stage outfits. Accessories, including rings, bracelets, and Swarovski jewelry, add another $1.2 million to the expenses. Touring on this scale brings unique challenges, much like the hurdles faced by sports teams during international tours. Variations in temperature and humidity across different venues require constant adjustments to costumes and makeup.

“We are like an army,” said one of the external consultants coordinating the stylist team. “But everyone involved loves this kind of challenge.” This adaptability and teamwork are essential, especially given the physical demands of Swift’s performances. Her backup dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists, all sporting their own elaborate outfits, must be prepared for high-energy shows that keep fans on their feet. Taylor Swift’s dedication to her craft is evident not just in her music but also in her attention to detail in every aspect of her performances.

Her team of hairstylists and makeup artists, working with a budget of $3,000 per show for hair and makeup alone, ensures that she looks impeccable on stage. This commitment to excellence resonates with fans, who appreciate the visual and auditory experience of her concerts. The intricate coordination required to maintain this level of production is akin to managing a top-tier sports team, where every member’s role is crucial to the overall success.

From the performers on stage to the stylists behind the scenes, everyone plays a part in creating an unforgettable experience for the audience.
Swift will continue her Eras Tour in Madrid during the middle of the week before heading to Lyon on the weekend. The last day on the calendar for the record-breaking concert is on December 8 in Vancouver

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