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Ladies, get your USF game face on

Gameday makeup is always too little or too much. Whenever I go to USF football games to cheer on the Bulls, my peers are either covered in body paint and glitter, or they have a little green and gold shadow on their eyes. I wanted something in between, something that stands out but is still feminine. With a little inspiration from the makeup of drag queens and my cheerleader sister, I was able to create a bold but beautiful look. — Amy Mariani [email protected]

What you'll need

Your usual base makeup. If you don't use it, I recommend a mineral makeup, since the powder-based stuff feels lighter on your face.

Dark green eye shadow. I'm wearing the dark green pod from Almay's Intense I-color Trio for Greens.

Deep yellow eye shadow. I'm wearing the yellow pod from L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Bright Shadow Duo Flamboyant 538.

Green and gold cheer glitter. For the glitter, I use Team Image's #38 18K Gold and #37 Emerald. You want to use glitter marketed to competitive cheerleaders and dancers, because it is designed to be seen from far away and stay on for a long time. You can get them at any cheer competition or online at

Glitter glue. You can also get this from Team Image. It is about $8 for a tiny tube, so if you don't want to splurge, lip gloss with a thin brush or wand will work fine.

Angled eyeliner brush.

Step 1

Put on your natural base makeup routine. Even if you don't wear any, a little bit will even out your face. Don't go too heavy, as you'll be wearing a lot of eye makeup.

Step 2

Apply primer to the entirety of your eyelid, from eyelashes to eyebrows. This will help keep the makeup through sweat and rain.

Step 3

Take your dark green eye shadow and fill your lid, from lash to crease. Then, trace the brush from the outside corner of your eye to the tip of your eyebrow. Follow the bone of your eye socket to create a curved line. Repeat, but this time curve the line in more. Fill in what's in between. This should look like a green horn.

Step 4

Fill in the rest of your eyes with the yellow eye shadow. This will take a couple of layers, since you want the yellow to stand out. Do not blend with the green. The separation between the colors is part of the look. The only place you want to blend is at the inner corner of your eye.

Step 5

Take the glue and apply like eyeliner. Following the line, drag it up to trace the green horns. Dip the angled eyeliner brush in the green glitter and apply to where the glue is. The glitter will only stick to the glue, but be careful. It will fall on to other parts of your face. Hold a tissue under your eye to keep the glitter off your cheeks.

Step 6

Take the glue and dab a bit at the inner corners of your eyes and next to the bridge of your nose. Apply the gold glitter. Be careful not to apply it directly in your eyes, but rather around the corner and inside the bridge of the nose.

Step 7

Add mascara and lip gloss and voila! You're ready to cheer on the Bulls!

USF vs. Cincinnati

The Bulls, ranked No. 23, take on the No. 8 Bearcats in a clash of Big East unbeatens. The game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 15) at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN, with Chris Fowler and Erin Andrews on hand. Tickets are $10-$40.

Ladies, get your USF game face on 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:30am]
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