Are you ready to suit up in one of the most iconic uniforms ever this Halloween? Let us help you get it right with this checklist! The Clothes The cheerleading skirt is a staple, mandatory part of being recognized as a cheerleader! You can shop the Chasse cheer skirt collection to get affordable options like classic pleats, or some more updated styles! Next, you need to decide if you want to wear a retro cheerleading sweater, or a classic cheerleading shell top. If you want a retro look, you can pair a sweater with a pleated skirt. For a more updated look, you can find a shell top that matches that skirt style you chose. Even though it is just a costume, you still want to consider what to wear under your uniform. Classic or boy-cut briefs are part of an authentic cheer look, and they keep you covered. If you are worried about Halloween being a chilly night, purchase a bodysuit or crop top to go underneath your shell top. This will keep you warm and give you the cheerleading look! To finish off your costume, pick up a pair of white cheerleading shoes! Hair and Makeup No need for a wig – there are several hairstyles you can wear to look like a cheerleader! The classic look is a standard ponytail, with the pulled-back hair in curls. You can also pull the front of your hair back and create a poof, then curl the hair that remains down. Braids are also very popular with cheerleaders. Don’t forget to add a jumbo cheer hairbow! Cheerleaders have a glitz and glamour side, so feel free to use glitter for your costume! Check out the glitter dust and adhesive stars and rhinestones from Glitterbug Cosmetics – the face of cheer. Accessories You’ve got the look down, and you’ll bring the attitude – but don’t forget the details! Pick up some cheerleading pom poms, a colorful megaphone and make a “trick-or-treat” sign to take your costume to the next level!
Fashion & Beauty
Working within a budget or “balling on budget’, as I like to say, can prove to be problematic, especially you’re stuck trying to make ends meet for your kids or your cheer team. You want to give them the best, but sometimes, designer cheer items are just not in the budget. The best way to work around a shoestring budget is to buy the new backpack, jacket, or piece of campwear you want, and then save money on personalization by doing it yourself! Doing some DIY is a perfect way to bring your team together for some quality team-bonding, and it also can save a little cash. Here are some fun ideas you can use with your team to personalize any cheer item.
Backpacks and duffle bags. Usually, teams all have matching bags. However, if you don’t have names embroidered on them, team members might take someone else’s bag home by accident! If embroidering names on the team bags you choose for the season is out of your budget, you can make your own luggage tags. These are not your regular ol’ luggage tags: you can make simple designs on your computer to make all the tags uniform with your team colors and logo, or you can pull out the some construction paper and glitter and have your team make their own designs. Just simply get the tags laminated, add a keychain, maybe a little ribbon or mini bow, and there you go‚ a simple, but super cute luggage tag!
Campwear. Everyone has Soffe shorts, but maybe you want to add a little something special to make your team stand out at camp. Find a simple design, or use your club or high school initials, get a bunch of rhinestones, some superglue and start gluing away! You can make some really fun designs on shorts, or even on your camp T-shirts! There are also premade designs available online, and you might be able to find a design within your budget if you stick to shopping at in-stock cheer retailers.
Another option is to use a stencil. Find a design you like online or make you own. Use contact paper too, because it is thicker and will help the paint from bleeding into areas you don’t want it to be. Using an X-ACTO knife, cut out your design. Once your stencil is complete, place the stencil on your garment, and carefully paint your design onto it. Be sure to wait until the paint dries before you peel off the stencil! This is a more time-consuming option, but it is also a lot of fun.
Jackets or sweatshirts. Iron-on decals are always super fun to do, and an easy DIY way to add a little something extra to ordinary warmups. You can find a design, or make your on design from scratch. Load the iron-on transfer paper into your printer, and print out your design. Lay your warmup jacket down flat, place the iron-on decal where you want it, and then iron the design into your garment. Transfer sheets can be found at any local craft store. If you want something a little more professional or fancy, there are pre-made options you can buy at your local craft store, as well. You can also find some patches to sew or iron onto you garments.
Bows. Check inventory of your bows;
you probably have a lot, and maybe you have some that have not been used in a long time. Spruce up an old bow by adding glitter, rhinestones, or even paint! You can make a polka-dot pattern, add your initials, or your team names.
Before embarking on any DIY project, be sure to always read the care instructions on your cheer apparel. You do not want to apply heat to a jacket or top that will melt or warp if heat is applied! Also, know that no matter how easy a DIY looks or sounds, there is always a risk that it might not end up exactly how you wanted it. Be sure to do a test run on an old garment that you don’t mind throwing away first. Happy crafting!
What other cheer apparel DIYs have you done? Show us your crafty side in the comments!
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!
Would cheerleading still be cheerleading without the uniform? Probably, but
the cheer uniform is still an important part of a cheerleader’s look. While in the early days there was only one look, today there are countless uniform styles and designs. This leads us to our February poll topic – uniforms (and, specifically, the top).
We want to know what style of
uniform top your team wears. After you cast your vote, you’ll be able to see the results at the end of the month. Be sure to check our polls every month and cast your vote!
This poll is now closed. You can see the results here.
Watch for more ‘Meet The Models’ spotlights coming soon!
ALENA (model, athlete)
Tennis player and swimmer
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hang out with friends!
What is your favorite snack? Popcorn and iced tea.
Movie: Dolphin Tale
Book: Monster High
CASSIDY (dancer, beauty queen, model)
Former cheerleader, current dancer and reigning Miss Greater San Diego Teen USA
What position were you when you were a cheerleader? I was a flyer. I loved trying new stunts!
What are your “must-have” makeup bag items? Chapstick or lipgloss, powder and blush.
What are 3 songs on your iPod playlist right now? The One That Got Away by Katy Perry, Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding and Countdown by Beyonce.
Store: Pac Sun
ALYSSA (student, athlete, model)
Loves the beach!
What do you like to do for fun? Play soccer, model and swim.
What is your favorite snack? Peanut butter cups.
Actress: Cameron Diaz
Store: Tilly’s and Nordstroms
ALEXANDRA (model, student, athlete)
Has been a vegetarian for 6 years
Who do you look up to? Selena Gomez. She remembers where she came from and keeps her morals.
Who are your top 3 style icons? Angelina Joile, Natalie Pormane and Jennifer Aniston.
Book: The Hunger Games
Movie: Finding Nemo
What advise do you have for our readers? Be yourself! It’s okay to be weird, and sometimes it makes people like you more!
ALEXIS (student, model, horseback rider)
Has been riding horses for 10 years!
What do you like to do in your spare time? Get together with my friends and ride horses!
What is your go-to snack when you have a sweet tooth? Butterfinger ice cream.
What advise do you have for our readers? Take opportunities, because they won’t always be available!
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Prom is just a few weeks away, and whether it’s your first or last time attending, the key to a fairy tale evening is in the planning. I may be lacking the official Fairy Godmother title, and that all-important wand, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help you make a truly magical memory!
As a member of the
cheerleading community, you understand all the details that go into your performance look. Perfecting a beauty plan for prom is no exception to details, but don’t forget to adjust your goals from performance-ready to prom-ready. Here are prom’s worst red carpet fails, and the winning ways to avoid them.
Fail: Thinking that your stylist is psychic, or has the same taste as you, and ending up sporting a beehive at prom.
Winning: Showing your hairstylist pictures of looks you do
and don’t like.
Fail: Messing up your picture perfect hair trying to put your
hair bling in yourself.
Winning: Bringing your hair bling for your stylist to use when placing each hair perfectly.
Fail: Glowing like a radioactive fruit with dew streaks, rocking the lobster look or leaving a skin-crumb trail behind you.
Winning: Coloring inside the lines by remembering to exfoliate before and moisturize after tanning, and not abusing bronzers.
Prom queen tip: Resist the urge to tan the day of prom. You skin will need at least a day to calm the redness and to lose that tanning bed smell.
Fail: Tempting your skin to react with breakouts, blemishes or blotches by using new makeup or skin care products.
Winning: Sticking to what you know to keep your skin’s appearance balanced and calm.
Fail: Irritating or peeling off the sensitive skin around your eyes as a result of your at-home-hair-removal attempt.
Winning: Knowing when to take your beauty needs to a professional that is armed with training, and a magnifying glass.
Prom queen tip: Schedule your eyebrow waxing session for at least one day before prom. Try going immediately after a hot shower, since the steam will open your hair follicles.
Fail: Getting overshadowed by shiny prom decorations because your look and makeup are bland.
Winning: Customizing your look with bold accessories, colors and
Fail: Underestimating your nail polish’s commitment to its evil plot to chip.
Winning: Overcoming your nail polish’s evil plot to chip by allowing plenty of time for your polish to dry, then letting it dry for an additional 5 or 10 minutes.
Prom queen tip: Dig out your wallet and pay for your manicure before the polish goes on your nails.
Fail: Sitting out during the Cha Cha Slide because you didn’t hydrate before your massage and now your muscles are sore.
Winning: Protecting your muscles and immune system by hydrating, hydrating, hydrating before and after a massage, the same way you prepare your body for a performance.
Prom queen tip: If you are wearing new shoes, spend some time breaking them in around your house before the big night.
See you next week when I break down what to expect when the big day arrives!
Have your own fail-proof plan to winning prom beauty? Speak up below!
Competition season is right around the corner! You are going to need
accessories, and a uniform that makes your team stand out. A good competition uniform turns heads and makes your squad feel confident and united, but it also has to be comfortable and flexible so you can perform all out. These uniforms will do all the above:
- Sublimated Uniforms
The sublimation trend is really popular right now, and it’s easy to see why. The uniforms look great, are affordable, and won’t wear out. Sublimated uniforms last because the design is infused directly into the fabric using heat. It is not attached to the uniform, like embroidery or tackle twill, so it won’t crack, peel, or fade.
- Showtime Cheerleading Uniforms
The Showtime line from Chasse offers a stretch metallic cheer uniform with a wrap-around design. We love the metallic accent color!
- Trophy Metallic Cheerleading Uniforms
With the Trophy line, Chasse gives you lots of options to create the competition look your team is shooting for, from crop tops and long sleeves to shorts and skirts. We love that the uniforms are performance-ready with stretch material and C-Dri moisture-management fabric.
- Double-knit Cheerleading Uniforms
Many high school teams stick with the classic double-knit uniforms for competitions. The Metallic Cheerleading Uniform from Soffe is our pick for competitions because it puts a modern spin on the traditional look with metallic taping.
What is your favorite competition uniform trend?
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‘Meet The Models’ spotlights!
AMERICA (student, model, athlete)
Loves running long distances
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to spend time with my friends and play sports.
Movie: Nightmare Before Christmas
Favorite Store: H&M
JAYDEN (student, athlete, model)
Loves to draw, and play soccer and softball
Who inspires you the most? My mom! She is hardworking and loving!
What are 3 songs on your iPod playlist right now? The One That Got Away by Katy Perry, Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae and Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez.
Book: Also Known As Harper
Actress: Selena Gomez
CHRISTINA (student, model, musician)
Plays the piano and the French horn
Who are your top 3 style icons? Selena Gomez, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester.
What is your favorite exercise? Lunges and squats.
Book: How To Kill A Mockingbird
Store: Forever 21
What advise do you have for our readers? Keep doing what you love and enjoy every moment of it!
ARIEL (cheerleader, model)
Has been a flyer since age 5
What are you top 3 cheer bag must-haves? My cheer hair bow, warm up gear and my
stunting and tumbling shoes.
What song gets you pumped up for practice and working out? LMAFO’s Sexy and I Know It (Hey cheerleaders! Love that song?
Check out this cheer shirt!)
TV Show: Modern Family
What advise do you have for our readers? Follow your dreams and don’t give up!
AMBER (model, athlete, volunteer)
Loves figure skating
Who inspires you the most? My mom because she is the most intelligent and amazing person in the world, and my skating coach because she is so inspiring!
What is your go-to snack when you have a sweet tooth? Dark chocolate
Book: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
ARABELLA (model, student)
Was a cheerleader and gymnast for 2 years and is always up for something new!
What was your favorite part about cheerleading? The feeling of excitement when we would
get out in front of the crowd and get them excited for the game.
What is your favorite cheerleading accessory? The
What advise do you have for our readers? Do what you love, no matter what anyone tells you!
KATHERINE (model, athlete, student)Age: 9Has been a cheerleading since age 2, and is currently a flyer
What is your favorite memory from cheering? Watching the video of our performance from our Nationals win in Florida and seeing how high my
basket toss was!
What are your top must-have cheerleading makeup items?
Colorful glitter and glue, lipstick and hairsprayFavorite…
Book: Diary of a Wanna-Be Cheerleader
What advise do you have for our readers? You can do anything you want in life as long as you set your mind to it!
Cheerleading season is approaching! Here at the Cheerleading Blog, we’ve put together a free Tips for Ordering Cheerleading Uniforms guide to help new coaches kick their season off right!
There is a lot to consider when choosing uniforms for your cheerleading team to wear during the season. Setting clear boundaries will help keep the peace among the team. This guide gives you a focused plan of attack to help you start, and manage, the different stages of the ordering process for cheerleading uniforms.
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EXCERPT: How to Choose A Cheerleading Apparel Provider
Do your research! Find a company that you are comfortable with, and that can meet your specific deadlines and requirements. When you are researching you should consider:
Budget. Remember that your team will have to launch fundraising efforts, so keep the prices reasonable. Request that each company send you as accurate an estimate as possible (including shipping and taxes). Shopping around will also give you a sense of each company’s policies, including low price guarantees and shipping and delivery options.
In-Stock. Just because a company carries your team’s colors, doesn’t mean that they have them in-stock. Be sure to check on the availability, or get an idea of what kind of delivery delay you would face if the color is not in stock.
Production Time. If you are going to have items that are custom fit or have customization, this will add days, or possibly weeks, to the production time of your order. When you are getting estimates, make sure you aren’t getting the “average’ production time. Have the representative you are working with give you a custom estimate that considers the size of your order, and ask for an expected delivery date (not a production period).
You found a company that meets your requirements. Now what?
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