Autumn means many things to different people—fall colors, back to school, the holidays—but one of the biggest perks is undoubtedly the start of football season! Whether you’re cheering on your favorite NFL team or your alma mater, you’ll want to look as good as you can all day long. Luckily, it’s simple to take care of your hairstyle—just throw on a hat with your team logo and go—but makeup is a trickier situation. A football game lasts hours, and when you add in pregame tailgating and postgame after-parties, you’re going to need a makeup job that lasts.
Here are some ideas for creating a game-day look that will hold up through double overtime and beyond. Grab your jersey and foam finger, and never fear—you’ll be a winner whether your team wins or not!
Check Your Bag
First things first: If you’re a sports fan who’s been keeping up with stadium rules, you’re no doubt familiar with the NFL’s new policy on handbags. The League recently implemented a bag policy for security reasons, which may cramp your style a little bit in terms of a stocked makeup supply. You’re limited to a small clutch purse about the size of your hand, or an approved clear vinyl tote which holds more but shows everyone your business. Check your stadium’s website for the most up-to-date rules and any additional local policies.
Since we’re guessing you don’t want the entire stadium to know what brand of foundation you’re wearing, save the see-through tote bag for non-cosmetic items and stow a pared-down collection of touch-up essentials in your clutch:
- Blotting papers
- Small powder compact
- Wand concealer
- Lip and eyebrow pencils
- Lip stain
These should be sufficient to do minor repairs while not taking up much space. Besides, who wants to fool around with a full kit of makeup when you could be watching the game instead?
The Best Defense is Offense
Given that your cosmetics bag will be compromised at the stadium, a good idea for your overall look is to take preemptive action and make sure your initial application of makeup is as weather-resistant as possible. Consider the following tips to ensure you won’t need much more than a touch-up or two from tailgating to kickoff to the final score.
- Always begin with a base of sunscreen to protect your skin. Although it is now the fall season, UV rays can still cause considerable damage.
- Apply primer after your sunscreen. It will help prevent sweat from ruining your makeup.
- If you use foundation, make sure to use an oil-free version with a matte finish.
- Set with powder.
- Finish with a powder blush in peach or pink for a healthy glow.
- Tuck your lip stain into your small clutch—you can use it to touch up your cheek color as well as your lips.
- Try liquid eyeliner, which resists sliding off and doesn’t require much maintenance.
- Do not forget the blotting papers; you’ll appreciate them to soak up shine that goes along with sitting in an outdoor stadium for hours—as well as the sweat you’ll produce screaming for your favorite team!
- Speaking of shine, you’ll want to cut down on moisturizer. If that’s not an option, at least try replacing your richer formulas with lighter serums.
- For a touch of fun, consider a bit of face paint—create a team logo on your cheek, or even try eye black stickers for a cute salute.
Of course, no football game is truly complete without a victory (or consolation) celebration. By the end of the afternoon and into the evening, your makeup should still be intact, thanks to your careful preparation. Before hitting the bar or party, dig into your clutch and do a little nighttime preparation.
- Use your lip and brow pencils to add a bit of drama. Darker brows and lips will help you stand out in dimmer light.
- Refresh your cheeks with a dab of lip stain.
- Remove your eye black stickers and/or facepaint design carefully. Touch up with your wand concealer.
Touchdown! You’ve just survived an entire day of fun, all the while looking championship-worthy gorgeous.