Makeup on young cheerleaders can be such a controversial subject for some people, but as Cheer Moms we rise to the occasion and try to make age appropriate choices.  Age should definitely drive the decisions we make.  I am the first to admit, I love the glitz.  But I have to tell you, there are people who think makeup on children is totally inappropriate.  I tell people that not only is cheerleading a sport, it is also a stage performance.  The lights, music, uniforms and performance are just amazing to watch. 

Like any stage performance, makeup highlights facial features for the crowd to see.  When faced with the decision on makeup choices, what do we do?  I think we need to consider the age of the girls on the team and what makeup is necessary to highlight the facial expressions in the routine.  We do not want our children looking like they have been experimenting in mom’s makeup bag!

As always, makeup is the gym/coaches decision.  Please consult with your coaches, they make all the decisions on this and there may be rules which must be followed.

Here are some age appropriate cheer makeup tips you can follow for your next cheer competition.

Tiny – 5 Years & Younger

  • Blush – Choose colors such as light pinks, peach, or rose and use it sparingly
  • Lip Gloss – Choose a light colored lip gloss in the same shades as the blush
  • Mascara – Do not apply heavy layers, just lift and separate the lashes
  • Eyeshadow or Glitter – Use pastels instead of vibrant primary colors
  • Possibly use a “small” glitter sticker

 

Mini – 8 yrs & Younger

  • Blush – Choose colors such as light pinks, peach, or rose and use it sparingly
  • Lip Gloss – Choose a light colored lip gloss in the same shades as the blush
  • Eyes- Choose an eye shadow in matte or shimmer to match the uniform.  Keep the eye shadow simple and don’t overdo it.  Apply a loose mineral powder first so that the eye shadow will adhere better.  If you use glitter use pastel colors instead of primary colors.
  • Mascara – Do not apply heavy layers, just lift and separate the lashes
  • Possibly use a “small” glitter sticker

 

Youth/Junior – 14 yrs & Younger

  • Blush – Choose colors that are not to harsh or overbearing
  • Lip Gloss – Choose a colored lip gloss in similar shades as the blush
  • Eye Shadow – Choose an eye shadow in matte or shimmer to match the uniform.  Apply a loose mineral powder first so that the eye shadow will adhere better.
  • Glitter – Glitter may work for the 12 – 14 age groups, but the younger ones tend to be rough on glitter.  The coaches will know best as to suggest glitter.  I think pigmented shimmer powders are a happy medium.
  • Mascara – Do not apply heavy layers, just lift and separate the lashes
  •  Possibly use a “small” glitter sticker

 Senior – 18 yrs & Younger

  • Mineral Powder – Choose a translucent color with matches the girl’s skin tone.  Makeup applies much easier when there is a powder foundation.
  • Blush – Choose colors that are not too harsh or overbearing and match the girl’s skin tone.  Blend blush evenly with a blush brush.
  • Lip Gloss – Choose a colored lip gloss or lipstick that will flatter everyone.  Using a matching lip pencil will increase the staying power of the lip color. 
  • Eyes – Choose an eye shadow in matte or shimmer to match the uniform.  Highly pigmented shimmer powders to match your team uniform work really well.   Apply a loose mineral powder first so that the eye shadow will adhere better.
  • Glitter – Using glitter can be tricky, although it has an awesome effect if applied correctly.  Beware of overly sparkly glitter, it can reflect during photo’s.  Use high quality cosmetic glitter and glitter glue and try to use no more than 2 colors or it may get to busy.  Check to make sure glitter is legal at your competition!
  • Eyeliner – Black Eyeliner creates a more dramatic effect but an eyeliner color to coordinate with your uniform and eye color is also very nice.
  • Mascara – Black Mascara tends to work great for a dramatic effect.  Layer to lengthen the lashes can achieve a false eyelash look.  No clumpy lashes, this is not a good look!

 

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Makeup on young cheerleaders can be such a controversial subject for some people, but as Cheer Moms we rise to the occasion and try to make age appropriate choices.  Age should definitely drive the decisions we make.  I am the first to admit, I love the glitz.  But I...