When a ballerina's pointe shoes are shiny, she puts calamine lotion on them. Not just any calamine lotion-- but the off-brand one that is lighter in color. Now when the lotion dries, it blends in with her pink tights.
A ballerina must be prepared with cotton balls, paper towels, and an hour, as painting pointe shoes is a tedious task. She must remember to shake the bottle well, as the pigment in the lotion tends to sink to the bottom. And, last but not least, she must be prepared to part with the satin shine of her shoes and deal with the chalky feel of the dried lotion.
If a ballerina's teacher requests it, putting calamine lotion on pointe shoes can be a very rewarding process. ~Megan