Show Day Check List

Show Day Checklist

I’ve received so many questions on what to pack for show day and what you need to bring backstage. I am a firm believer in ALWAYS BEING PREPARED FOR THE INEVITABLE! I pack everything in case my lashes fall off, my hair gets flat, etc. Bring a rolling suitcase so you can bring everything and not have to carry it around on your shoulders/duffle bag. I hope this list helps!


  • Extra clothes
  • Flip flops
  • Competition jewelry
  • Competition suit
  • Jacket/Silk robe

Hair & Makeup

  • Bobby pins
  • Curling Iron/Straightener
  • Extensions (optional)
  • Eyelashes/Glue
  • Hair brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hair ties
  • Make up wipes
  • Clear lip gloss
  • Translucent powder


  • Baby wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Shower cap
  • Floss


  • Bikini Bite: If you book with an onsite tanning company or an off-site company, they will have bikini bite for you to use. I wouldn’t worry so much about this unless you’re doing your own competition tan…which I don’t recommend.
  • Camera
  • Charger
  • Competition pin #
  • Dixie cups
  • Food/Utensils
  • Headphones
  • Resistance bands
  • Safety pin
  • Water/shaker bottle
  • Food scale

The Importance of Competition Makeup

LADIES! I can’t stress enough how important it is to get someone who KNOWS how to do competition makeup for your shows! ?? Please, please, PLEASE READ

I always hear girls say, “my friend does professional makeup, I’m going to ask her!” or “I’m gonna do my own makeup, I’ll just buy darker foundation and blend.” You all act like it so easy… but there is so much more that goes into it. I’m not a makeup artist and I will admit that I have no talent when it comes to makeup…so I’m not gonna even try to lie to myself to save a penny.

? NO, IT’S NOT “JUST” BLENDING! You gotta do some shit like contour and blend the side of your face to match your tan, but you don’t want to be as dark as your tan or else you gon’ go on stage looking like this ? & you want your face to be bright and SEEN.

? Then you gotta make sure your eyeshadow is not overdone so you eyes won’t look small af (shoutout to my MUAs that makes my eyes look like I’m not asian for a day). You don’t want your eyes to disappear in your tan af makeup. How tf are you suppose to capture the judges attention by looking at them if they can’t even see your eyes?! ??‍♀️

? Oh the best one is when girls think they can just buy 2-3 shades of foundation darker and get away with it. Nah, your head looks like it’s floating or photoshopped on because you didn’t get the coloring right. If you compete in different shows, chances are that you may work with different tanning companies. Your tan may be slightly different shades every time.

? Sometimes less is more and sometimes more is just too damn much. You NEED to know when there’s too much glitter on your eyes and when you need more. Know when to wear brighter lipstick and when to be more subtle on the lips. That’s why you need to have an experienced MUA that will KNOW what shows just perfectly on stage.

? Just because you know a professional MUA that does makeup at the mall, doesn’t mean she knows how to do competition makeup. They are entirely different styles of makeup and I always see regular MUA mess this up. You’re already spending so much on your show– shell out a lot more to not look like crap on stage because you were stingy on spending an extra $50-75 on someone that KNOWS how to do competition makeup.

Moral of the story, hiring a professional COMP. MUA is highly worth it. Some ladies and their Instagram handle that I highly recommend (in no order):


? @taylor_jazz

? @carolyn_posted

? @burrrita

I’ve worked with every single of these makeup artists, from regular makeup to competition makeup and they are phenomenal in both aspects. They are KNOWN in the fitness industry for the competition glam– trust my recommendation. I get so many compliments every single time!

Competition 101 for Newbies

Let’s fill in your blanks for competition preparations!

Now let’s be real, most of us non-competitors only see the end result: shredded spray-tanned girls in sparkling bikinis on stage. But all those things didn’t just happen overnight! Months of preparation goes into these fitness competitions from food prepping, competition fees, coaching services, and supplements to aid the process. Now, before you freak out and ask, “Omg, where do I even start? How do I know where to look to get started on this?” I’ve got you. I’m going to break down all the things to keep in mind when preparing to prep for a fitness competition and the approximate breakdown of the costs to do a show.

Cost breakdown of doing a show:
Estimated costs What are you paying for?
$125* NPC membership (good for entire calendar year, mandatory)
$114-$175* Novice class (recommended for beginners, optional for experienced) *If you have won Overall for your class, you won’t be eligible to do Novice anymore*
$114-$175* Open class (recommended, do both, because this is what will nationally qualify you if you place Top 2
$90-$115* Competition tanning (book on show website) *Do not tan your face, make-up artist will blend face to match tan*
$80* Photography (optional, but recommended)
~$75-$200* Hotel or AirBnB (you can book the host hotel with the show discount or it may be cheaper to do an AirBnB) *Host hotel is usually where they will do check ins/tanning. Competition may be at a different venue.*
~$100-$150* Make-up artist (optional, but recommended) *Make-up artist will blend your face to match your tan*
~$25-$100* Hair stylist (optional)
~$200-$610* Competition bikini
~$5-$30* Competition jewelry

* prices may vary based on location, but that is the estimated amount


Now, those were the prices in conjunction to registering for a show and the services that is needed for the competition. There are other important expenses to consider in order to GET YOU to your show day:

  • Coaching (nutrition/workout)
  • Posing coach
  • Gym membership
  • Food
  • Supplements

Most importantly… TIME. There are many competitors who are able to juggle a full time job, being a full time student, and/or being a parent while prepping for a show at the same time. There are also some who are not able to juggle that many things all at once. Prep can be stressful and, at times, time-consuming. Make sure that you have your priorities set and manage your time wisely before deciding to prep. You need to set aside time for the gym and the time to prep/plan your food. When in prep, there’s no room for errors! If you plan to commit to prep, plan ahead!

I hope this guide helps! If there’s anything I’m missing, please let me know! That’s just a little overview of what to expect when planning to prep for a competition. Be sure to be on the lookout for my next blog on what to expect on SHOW DAY! 🙂