Cheer competition judges take into account a variety of things when they calculate your team's score. You already know you need to perform a great routine with lots of spirit, but your appearance can contribute to your score too. Plus, knowing you look the part  will give you the confidence you need to combat nerves, rock your routine, and have a blast. Read on for our tips on confidence-inducing cheer competition makeup!

For starters:

Drink plenty of water. This helps your whole body, but is a huge refresher for your skin. Go the extra mile by squeezing one small lemon or half a large lemon into a glass of water every morning. Lemon water has a lot of health benefits, but keeping your skin clear and healthy is one of them.

Include healthy fats in your diet. Foods like nuts (including peanut butter), seeds, avocados, and fish are great for your skin and hair.

Rest. Getting enough sleep is vital for your performance, but it will also help with your appearance. You want to look fresh, energized, and ready to win, right?

Wash your face regularly, but don't overdo it. Washing your face too much or with too harsh of a cleanser can strip it of its natural oils. Use a face wash for your skin type at night and then just warm water in the morning. Make sure you completely remove your makeup before bed, whether it's with your face wash or a separate makeup remover. It's also a good idea to change your pillowcase a couple times a week to keep your skin clean. Washing your face with a warm washcloth or gentle cleansing wipes after practice or other times throughout the day is fine, too. Just make sure you aren't using a harsh cleansing pad regularlylike one containing alcoholbecause it could dry out your skin.

Moisturize. This will keep your skin hydrated and healthy. You don't need anything fancy or expensive, just try out a few to see which ones you like best. You can use the same moisturizer in the morning and before bed or use different ones, but make sure the one you use in the morning has sunscreen in it. Remember, the sunscreen you put on in the morning won't protect you all day long, so if you're going to be outside reapply.

The makeup:

  • Start with a clean and moisturized face. Apply your normal base, whether it's foundation or a BB cream or other tinted moisturizer.

  • For your eyes, you want your makeup to stand out, but you don't want to look like a clown. The best way to achieve this is with glitter. You can apply a normal amount but still be seen from the audience and judges' section. Omni Cheer has affordable glitter makeup in lots of colors. The makeup is easy to applyyou just put some of the glitter glue on your eyelids, then spread  the glitter over it. You can use the same process to add glitter to your lips if you want.

  • There are a lot of ways to incorporate your team colors into your makeup. You can choose to use just one of your colors, or use one as an eyeliner and the other as eye shadow, or even do half of your eyelid one color and the other half the other. Glitterbug® Cosmetics has some great makeup inspiration on its Pinterest page, as well as makeup tutorials on its website.

  • Apply mascara heavier than you normally would by adding multiple coats and using a volumizing mascara. You might have to try a few different brands until you find one that works well for you.

  • Even if you don't normally wear blush, use it in your cheer makeup. Your audience will be farther away, and you want to appear "rosy," not solemn.

  • Lips should be your last area since you'll probably be snacking and drinking water before you take the floor. Glitter makeup is a great option for lips too, or you can apply your go-to competition lipstick shade (which should be bolder than your everyday one) and top it off with lip gloss for shine. You'll likely need to reapply this, so keep it handy!

Now you just need to finish it off with some powder and maybe a finishing spray to keep it in placeand you're ready to go wow the judges and audience with your routine and makeup!