GET UP. IT’S GAME DAY. Wipe the crust out of your eyes, put on your team colors and grab a beer because we’re talking tailgating.
It’s finally almost fall and that means it’s finally time for football. With football comes the storied tradition of tailgating and acting a fool pre-game. And I don’t know about you, but I like to look cute when I’m acting a fool. So, here are my best tailgating beauty tips. And if you’re interested in my overall tailgating tips, and you should be, check out the end of this post:
You’ll be sweating to death at the first few games of the season and wiping the snow off your face during the last games. You need waterproof everything. Ok, maybe not everything, but at least waterproof mascara and eyeliner. My recommendations: CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara and Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner.
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Tailgating and football games usually involves many hours of standing outside in the elements so why waste time trying to actually style your hair? You have beer to drink and opposing fans to taunt. My advice is to braid your hair and or/wear a hat. The braid makes you look all put together and sporty (is that a word?) and the hat reps your team while keeping the sun off your face. Win-win.
Similar to Waterproof Everything, you’ll want to use a primer. Tailgating can be sweaty business and you don’t want all of your makeup to melt off before kickoff. Put on a layer of primer (with sunscreen!) before the rest of your makeup to give it extra staying power. I’m a bit of a primer hoarder so I recommend the Benefit Porefessional, Smashbox Photo Finish or L’Oreal Lumi.
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General Tailgating Tips
Listen. I’m not a great dancer. I can’t cook really at all. I’m pretty terrible at math. There are a number of things I’m just not good at.
But do you know where I shine? What I am good at? I am good at tailgating like I was placed on this pale blue dot spinning in the infinite blackness of space for the sole purpose of drinking a cold Miller Lite and eating a hot dog at 10:00am on a crisp Saturday autumn morning. That’s what I’m good at. (And makeup).
What I’m trying to say is, this is not my first rodeo. Tailgates can be a tricky mistress so, learn from me:
- Tip #1
Start the day with some form of food.
You can drink a beer or Bloody Mary with this food if you want (and I usually want), but get some food in your stomach before you hop on the booze express. As the incredibly accurate saying goes – This is a marathon, not a sprint. You need a base for all of that delicious beer you’re about to drink. Burger, brat, cheez balls, cold pizza, whatever. Food. Eat it.
- Tip #2
Drink a few well-placed waters.
Now, 21 year old Chelsea would’ve rolled her eyes and shotgunned a beer at this tip, but hear older and wiser me out. Alcohol dehydrates you. Playing beer pong in the sun for 3 hours dehydrates you times a thousand. If you want to actually make it to the game and enjoy the game, drink some damn water every hour or so. Your skin and body will thank you the next day.
- Tip #3
Take one shot. Time it impeccably.
This can, quite literally, make or break your tailgating and game day experience. I’m talking about The Shot. Laettner style. Take a shot too early in the day and you’re liable to start knocking ‘em back one after another and punching an opposing fan, and we don’t want that. You want to take your shot (of probably Fireball, let’s be honest) when there isn’t a ton of time left until kickoff. You want to be pleasantly lifted but still v. together when you take the shot. It’s the cherry on the sundae and helps you carry your buzz through at least the 3rd quarter. Savor the shot; use it wisely.