Cheerleading competition season is quickly approaching! Your team has been hitting the floor non-stop to master all the moves in your routine, and when you’re not on the floor you’re working hard following your conditioning plan. Your whole squad is bustling with excitement, and you just know that you are physically and mentally ready for the challenge of this year’s cheerelading competitions.
In all the preparation chaos, did you remember to coordinate your team’s hair and makeup presentation? Crazy as it may be, judges actually have a place on the score sheet for this section! It’s such an easy away to gain points so it is important that you don’t forget about this section on the scorecard.
Here are some tips to help you find the perfect hair and makeup styles for your team:
Cheer Competition Makeup
Your team will be smiling their faces off and hitting their expressions as hard as their moves, but keep in mind that the judge’s seats are a distance from the mat and the bright overhead lights will easily wash out those smiles. It’s important to apply your makeup in a ‘stage’ manner, which means heavier than usual.
Have fun with your makeup look, but be sure to balance your creativity and practicality. You don’t want to look like a group of clowns! Be sure to use performance grade and/or waterproof makeup. That way, you’ll be confident that it will hold through your jumping, stunting and tumbling! Please remember to check your specific competition’s guidelines for restrictions against items, like rhinestones, and keep these tips in mind:
Here are some useful websites that give you a step by step tutorial on how to create make up looks that really stand out.
They offer some great step by step makeup tutorials for cheerleaders and dancers. They also have a great price point range if your team is on a budget.
A much higher price point, but a lot of their looks can be translated into makeup ideas for teams. They are always rotating tutorials through their website as well, so there is a lot to choose from.
Another great place to find makeup tutorials is YouTube. YouTube has a large source of user made videos that take you through the step by step process of applying makeup. Though the products they use are often not linked, you can draw a lot of inspiration from these creative makeup artists.
Cheer Competition Hair
Since cheerleading is an active sport, a team’s hairstyles need to be practical. The style needs to hold in place through stunts and jumps, and also needs to stay off of the team’s faces and out of their eyes. With all that in mind it might seem like cheerleaders are stuck with the boring ponytail. Not so!
Whether your team decides to have identical hairstyles or allows each girl to choose her own, here are some cheer hair tips to get you started perfecting your strands:
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Jessica brings her experience as a gymnast, dancer, team athlete and camp counselor to Cheerleading Blog, and CheerLiving Magazine, as the Editor-in-Chief. Jessica lived in the Chicagoland area, where she received a B.A. in Communications before moving to San Diego. Jessica has a fish tank at her office and at home, is addicted to music and can't resist french fries.