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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gia Mazur is an award-winning staff writer and beauty obsessive who joined The Times-Tribune’s Lifestyles department in 2015. She’s a product enthusiast who can’t live without an eyelash curler. A proud Virgo, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk is her go-to. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT