There’s something special about getting out on the competition mat while rocking glittery eyeshadow, bright lipstick, and a pop of color on the cheek. Once the competition is over (and your squad is heading home with a shiny new trophy, of course), though, removing your makeup is a necessary task. 

Properly removing your makeup and keeping your face clean is important for your skin. Leaving daily makeup on for too long can cause breakouts, fine lines on the skin, and dryness or irritation. This is the one time where adding more glitter doesn’t help!

Of course, there’s no reason to panic over makeup removal. It’s a piece of cake to keep your face clean and bright and only takes a few minutes every day.

First of all, when you take your makeup off at the end of the day, use makeup removal wipes. These can be purchased from the drugstore. Even if it’s a little more expensive, invest in brand names you know and trust. These products not only take care not to irritate the skin, but may also have additional benefits such as softening your complexion. Don’t be afraid to use more than one wipe if necessary. It’s important to remove all your makeup, particularly around your eyes. You won’t need to scrub too hard and shouldn’t. If you’ve got stubborn glitter, go for a second wipe to finish the job.

Once the makeup is off, wash your face with warm, soapy water or hop in the shower. Warm water will help to open up your pores when you scrub and get your skin extra clean. If you use a particular face cleanser for acne control or exfoliation, add that to your routine. Be sure to wash away all excess product and pat your face dry with a towel. Soothe your skin with a dab of your preferred moisturizer. Too much and you’ll feel oily, but a fingertip’s worth will go a long way keeping your face soft.

When you get up in the morning, wash your face first thing, again with warm soapy water or a hot shower. Be sure that your face is completely dry before applying makeup. To improve the smoothness and elasticity of your skin, wear makeup no more than five days a week and heavier makeup—like what you wear for games or competitions—no more than one of those times. 

Makeup isn’t meant to hide the face but to accentuate it. We can use it to draw attention to our favorite features or to express ourselves through color and design. Even so, it’s important to let our skin breathe and go without makeup some days, too. Be sure to wash your face thoroughly even on days you don’t wear makeup. 

Drinking lots of water also promotes a glowing complexion, and cheerleaders have hydration down to a science. Fruits and veggies are also a great source of nourishing vitamins and antioxidants that keep your skin bright and smooth. True, “drink plenty of water and eat healthy” seems like dull advice, but it’s not only good for what’s inside. Take care of your body and it will show—you won’t even need foundation with that natural cheer glow!