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Game Face: For high school female athletes, makeup and hairstyles choices can be about confidence, routine and comfort
Game Face

Game Face: For high school female athletes, makeup and hairstyles choices can be about confidence, routine and comfort

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A theme developed during the course of this project: "Look good, feel good, play good."

Sure, it's a pretty standard sports cliché. But for a lot of athletes, it is an important part of their confidence on the field or court. Some athletes put more effort into their looks than others, for any of a variety of reasons.

For girls in high school sports, their game-day look may also involve makeup and a particular hairdo.

Why? The reasons are almost endless — from wanting to apply their "war paint," to simply trying to keep their hair out of their eyes while running up and down the field, to everything in between. And that's something that should be embraced and encouraged.

Choice is the key ingredient for female athletes when it comes to makeup and hair. The choice to wear makeup (in school or during a game) or not, the choice of what hairstyle to put together. 

That's what Game Face is attempting to showcase. What are the preferences for local high school athletes and why? Is it different from in-school to in-game? Are certain products or hairstyles more common during competition? 

Through a survey, in-person interviews and a photo shoot, The Sentinel attempted to shed some light and celebrate choice. The decisions to wear or not wear makeup, to do an intricate braid or throw it up into a ponytail, are all up to the individual.

And each individual is unique. 

Email Mallory Merda at mmerda@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520​

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