Whether trying a new look or performing in front of a crowd, putting yourself out there can be scary. Each year, Life&Times spotlights the students who represent their high schools as featured performers.

Confidence is key, and no one has more of it than these gals. I spoke with them about their signature looks and favorite products.

Miss Invader

Abbie O’Brien, West Scranton High School

NYX Pore Filler Primer sets the perfect base for Abbie’s look, which she follows with Lorac foundation. Then, she blends in concealer, Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape, and creates her eye look with shadows by Morphe and IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. Colourpop lipstick tops it all off.

Miss Trojan

Meghan Murray, (North Pocono High School

Meghan never hits the field without Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara, her eyes done with Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette and MAC Cosmetics lipstick in Velvet Teddy. She uses ELF Stardust Glitter for a little sparkle and refreshes throughout the night with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.


Miss Chief

Annaliese Black, Lakeland Junior-Senior High School

Annaliese’s favorite products include Younique Touch Mineral Skin Perfecting Concealer, Maybelline mascara and, of course, red lipstick. She switches up lipstick brands, but the mainstay in her routine is one by Estée Lauder.


Miss Spartan

Natalie Buchinski, Mid Valley Secondary Center

Natalie’s staples of game-day glamour are Morphe 35R Ready, Set, Gold Artistry Palette and MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Feels So Grande, a deep, true red. She also never hits the field without false lashes and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer to ensure she looks her best and brightest.


Miss Buck

Mariana Leo, Dunmore High School

Leo’s look starts with Mario Badescu skin care products. She uses Morphe 35R Ready, Set, Gold Artistry Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette or anything by Urban Decay on her eyes. Leo sculpts with ELF Cream Contour Palette and applies Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter to the high points of her face before she swipes on Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. She completes the whole look with her perfect nude: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm.


Miss Comet

Nina Sampogne, Abington Heights High School

Nina creates a custom red lip using a blend of lipsticks, including one by NARS. She defines her lashes with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and tops the eyeshadow with winged eyeliner. She adds some glitter to catch the Friday night lights.


Miss Devilette

Kalvin Jeffers, Old Forge Junior-Senior High School

Kalvin sets her base with Revolution foundation and concealer, both of which she applies with a Beauty Blender. She sets everything with Revlon PhotoReady Powder and warms up her face with bronzer by Kylie Cosmetics. She uses Tarte Cosmetics blushes and highlighters plus theBalm mascara. She defines her eyes with Morphe eyeshadows and NYX Epic Ink Liner. Her look is complete thanks to Benefit’s Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel and Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in 22.

Miss Viking

Amanda Merrick-Tompkins, Riverside Junior-Senior High School

Amanda’s prep always begins with Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater then ELF Poreless Face Primer. She applies Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and ELF 16HR Camo Concealer, and sets with Jeffree Star Magic Star Setting Powder. She typically reaches for Too Faced eyeshadow palettes, blushes and bronzers. She swipes her lashes with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and applies Jeffree Star Liquid Skin Frost in Frozen Peach on the high points of her face. She opts for a red, sparkly lip — Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Poinsettia.


Miss Knight

Julia Cunha, Scranton High School

The No. 1 thing Julia never hits the field without is blush. She prefers a cream formula and loves Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in Quickie, a deep, rich berry. She defines her eyebrows with a pencil by ELF and lashes with L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara. Her eyes are usually done in the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette, and she loves Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Flame of the Game, a bright red.