You’re probably familiar with sisters Elle and Blair Fowler from their makeup tutorials on YouTube. What started as a few videos has now become an international sensation. The sisters have been featured on Good Morning America and ABC News and they’ve also been in Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Fans of Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy are going to sweep up their juicy new novel, Beneath the Glitter. In conjunction with their book release, Elle and Blair are also launching a makeup line, Skylark Cosmetics. We caught up with younger sister Blair, 19, to talk about her latest projects and, of course, her time as a cheerleader!
AC: Can you tell us how you got started cheerleading?
Blair: My love for cheerleading began the summer between my fourth- and fifth-grade years of elementary school. My mom and I went to a high school football game together one night and I was fascinated by all the girls doing flips and tricks. I begged my mom to let me start. She found an all-star academy close to our home and I started tumbling classes. About three weeks in, the instructor asked me if I was interested in joining an all-star team and I tried out two weeks later and made the youth team. From then on cheerleading was my life for six years!
AC: Do you have any embarrassing/hilarious cheerleading stories?
Blair: I was 10 years old at my first competition and we were required to wear bright red lipstick. I’ve always had a love for makeup, so as soon as I woke up that morning I ran to the bathroom to apply the new lipstick my mom had let me pick out at the drugstore. Mind you, competition wasn’t for another six hours! By the time our chance on stage finally came around I had applied so many layers of lipstick it was smeared all the way from right under my nose to the middle of my chin! The worst part? It was long-wear so I had to go on stage like that. I rocked it, but from then on my mom controlled the lipstick!
AC: What is your favorite cheerleading stunt?
Blair: My last year cheerleading I was on a Senior Level 5 Coed team and our pyramid sequence was so fun! Basket tosses are amazing because you work together in a group and feel so strong throwing the top girl into the air.
AC: What beauty products would you tell cheerleaders to make sure to keep in their cheer bag?
Blair: Hairspray and Vaseline! Here are two tricks I taught all my teammates: 1) Spray your booty with hairspray before you put your bloomers on and it will keep them from riding up during your routine and 2) Apply Vaseline onto your teeth right before you go on stage to remind you to smile. A little extra blush also helps you look not so washed out under the bright lights.
AC: You and Elle have a lot of exciting projects in the works, which are you most excited about?
Blair: As of now I’m most excited for our novel, Beneath the Glitter, which came out September 4. It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to hear what people think about it! Elle and I have worked so hard on this. I literally feel like I’m giving a very vulnerable piece of myself to the public.
AC: Two lip glosses, the first products from your new beauty line Skylark, are named for the main characters in your book. Who do you identify yourself with more, Sophia or Ava?
Blair: I’m definitely the Ava of the duo. Sophia is very classic with a strong head on her shoulders; she has her life planned out and wants to stick to that. On the other hand, Ava is a wild, carefree spirit who lives life moment by moment, which can sometimes come back to bite her when she least expects it. If Sophia wants to be a princess, Ava would choose to be a pirate! I think readers will really be able to relate to one or both of the sisters. We made sure to put little pieces of each of us in both girls.
AC: How do you long to continue vlogging?
Blair: Oh my goodness, I have a running joke with my viewers that I hope to be the one teaching them how to clean their dentures when we’re all 80! Realistically, I know I’ll be doing it for at least a few more years. I would drop all other work projects to have the time to continue vlogging . . . it’s my passion and the viewers are the only reason I am where I am. As long as they’ll watch the videos, I’ll film them.
AC: From vlogging to writing a book to acting in the movie Prom, how do you manage to balance your schedule?
Blair: Very carefully! Lol . . . I’m incredibly organized in both my work and personal life. Right now I’m working about 12-14 hours a day so sleep is also a big part of maintaining and balancing a busy schedule. I make sure to get eight hours a night and it really helps!
AC: What is the best part about getting to work with your sister and the worst?
Blair: The best part of working together is bouncing ideas off each other! We sit in our living room curled up on the couch with blankets and coffee and just talk until we’re pleased with the new ideas. However, since we’re sisters we do sometimes bicker. Growing up five years apart made it hard to be close; I still learn new things about her every day! She’s my best friend and I think the fact that we share so much of our lives together is an amazing thing, but can sometimes make it hard to be individuals.