Competition Make-Up Tips!

I feel like a make-up post is quite necessary in today’s cheerleading era. Everyone has seen those teams. The ones that look like they’ve been attacked by the glitter monster. Multiple times. Even the judges are blinded from their seats way back in the stadium. They are sometimes easily mistaken for flares of fireworks, and considered a fire hazard. You just wish someone would tell them that despite their fierce attempts, they will never completely be able to transform into light bulbs, so they should just stop trying. The good news, is, you don’t have to be that team!

Here are a few super easy and simple tips to ensuring your routine shines more than your face does.

Eyes:

Whether you’re doing horizontal or vertical colour combinations, it’s important above all, to have the right makeup. Your gym should sell competition makeup, but if it doesn’t, you’ll have to get your own. Make sure the glitter you get is loose glitter and not sticky. You might also want to get eyelash glue. Here are some pointers:

  • Do your eyes before you do anything else on your face (i.e. before foundation, bronzer, or blush), because this way the glitter won’t stick to your face and you’ll have an easier time brushing off the loose glitter after you’re done with the eyes.
  • If you’re applying fake eyeslashes, glue them on first before putting any glitter, so that they stick on better. Do not try to curl them until after you’ve applied the glitter though, because you’ll have a harder time putting the glitter on.
  • To put the glitter on, use eyelash glue (preferably one that comes with a wand) by putting it only in the exact area you want the certain colour of glitter (i.e. if you’re doing more than one colour, do not put the glue on your whole eyelid).
  • If eyelash glue is unavailable, you can use chapstick to get the glitter to stick. However, beware that chapstick smudges really easily.
  • You can use your fingers to put the glitter on top of the glue, or a better alternative would be a small makeup brush.
  • If you want to make exact and precise lines,use a small piece of  green painter’s tape. This tape should be a staple in your cheer makeup kit. You can use it to remove excess glitter from your face very gently, as well as re-shape and re-touch the makeup that you’ve already applied.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself,  ask someone else to do it (but make sure you trust them and that they’re good at doing it).
  • Curl eyelashes and put mascara on after having completely finished the glittery parts.
  • Use black liquid eyeliner to seal in any gaps between the eyelash and the glitter.
  • Above all, DO NOT OVERDO THE GLITTER! You want to look classy, not tacky.

Face:

This part is really up to you and isn’t necessary. You can use foundation if you wish. A touch of bronzer is usually nice, but don’t overdo it (I speak from experience…), or you might just end up looking really unnatural and stand out from everyone. Same goes for blush. Use it minimally – you don’t want to look like a clown.

Some teams will have additional embellishments for the face, such as glitter stars or other symbols.

Lips:

If your glitter is really extreme, your coach might opt out of also having lipstick. Normally a nice shade of red is good as it makes you stand out to the coaches. Just make sure you get the kind of lipstick that doesn’t  smudge off quickly, or if it does make sure to apply it just before you compete.

Lastly, give yourself a good amount of time to do a good job on your competition makeup. Putting it on at the competition venue is always stressful and takes away from your time to get your mind in the zone, so definitely do it before you get there. Having a cheer bud to get ready with is often a good idea, as you can help each other with makeup and hair. Some of the tips in this post were inspired by my cheer bud, Kyleigh Baptista, and trust me, she’s a pro when it comes to cheer makeup 🙂

Other updates: CCA’s Elite team got FIRST place in ITALY last week! Watch them in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHT7ogAu8nk (They are the SECOND team in!)

Cheer on!

-Mina


Good luck CCA and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hello Friends,

I know I’ve been slacking with keeping this updated. This week has been super hectic school-wise. Cheer-wise, it’s been awesome. First of all I would like to mention that CCA Panther’s Elite team is going to ITALY tomorrow to compete in the Millennium Cup!! I will keep my fingers crossed for them and wish them the best of luck!! (Although they won’t need it, they’ll blow ’em away!)

On that note, I found this super cute bow to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which is tomorrow if anyone has forgotten!!

Happy St. Patty's Day to all amazing cheerleaders and cheerleaders at heart!! May the Irish bless us all with a year of spectacular routines and many smiles!

Cheer on!

-Mina


Team Canada Cheer!

Okay so before I go on to talk about this exciting event, I just want to mention that CCA Panthers’ Elite team competed in Cheer Evolution’s (formerly Cheer Alliance) Provincials competition this weekend both Saturday and Sunday and did great! They were going for a bid to World’s, but despite their great runs didn’t qualify because they didn’t have enough males on the team 😦 . But we love them and are super proud anyway!!

So now, to the important stuff – actually I should have blogged about this a few weeks ago when it actually happened, but I was overwhelmed with getting ready for Regionals and school etc. and didn’t have much time for blogging. SO, to compete at the International Cheer Union’s Annual World Cheerleading Cup Championship, TEAM CANADA’s roster was announced a few weeks ago! Led and trained by the Canadian Cheer Union, Team Canada is made up of some of Canada’s top gymnasts, tumblers, flyers, bases, and thirds! This year, they are gathered from 6 provinces and 14 different cheer gyms from around the country. So, are you ready to hear which gyms these athletes came from?

Power Cheer Toronto (PCT) and Cheer Force Wolf Pack (CFWP) tied at the top, each sending out a staggering 14 athletes divided up between the co-ed and all-girl teams. Next was Ultimate Canadian Cheer (UCC) with 13 athletes, two of which are competing in the co-ed partner stunt, 8 in the co-ed team, and 4 in the All-girl team. Vancouver All-Stars (VAS) had 10 athletes in total, 4 of which make up the  all-girl partner stunt, and CSS (Mary Ward) had 8 athletes on the all-girl team. Others include one athlete from UWO Mustangs, Power Cheer Calgary (PCC),  Supercats Cheer Motion Quebec,  U of Saskatchewan Huskies, Champion Spirit Athletics (New Brunswick), East Coast Spirit (ECS), and University of Waterloo. Great job to all who made it, but I have to say I’m proud that it seems Ontario is producing the best cheerleaders!

Here is a video of last year (2010) Team Canada’s All-Girl Performance!!

And here is Team Canada Coed! (2010)

The ICU World Cup Championships will be taking place on April 28th-29th 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Good luck to everyone in training, and we will be rooting for you, Team Canada!!! C-A-N-A-D-A Canada, Let’s – Go – Canada!