My headshot for Miss Utah USA 2016 where I won Miss Photogenic Utah USA 2016.
This blog is a compilation of some great makeup tricks that most pageant girls will agree on, but that many women might not know about right off the bat.
Chloe Bennett (Miss Utah Teen USA 2013), was gracious enough to come and give me and amazing makeover and some awesome tips for creating the most photogenic makeup look for my pageant headshots.
Here are 7 makeup tricks that you will LOVE! Perfect for creating a great portrait shot or for pageant headshots!
(1) Highlight Under the Eyes
For this trick, use a light color foundation, concealer, or highlighter to highlight right under your eyes in almost an upside down triangle towards the bottom of your nose. The Perfect Face carries a great concealer/highlighter for under the eye contouring.
(2) Highlight Down the Nose
Another great trick using the same highlighter or foundation, is to highlight down the bridge of your nose in a light foundation color. This will bring out a great outline of your nose, and if you use a darker color on the sides, can create the illusion that your nose is very small!
(3) Use a Drop of Blue Eyeshadow on your Waterline
For this trick, grab a bright blue or green eyeshadow color, and put a dab of it right under your iris on your waterline. This will bring out the color in your eyes and make it more pronounced.
(4) Put Eyeliner on your Top Waterline
One trick that really makes your eyes look flawless is to add eyeliner to your top waterline, in whatever color you are lining your eyes with. When Chloe did my makeup, she used black eyeliner, and added this to my top waterline as well. This makes a more dramatic look.
(5) Get Luscious Lips with Angelia Layton’s Lipstick Trick
One of my favorite ways to do my lips is in Angelia Layton’s Soft Glam video. She lines her lips with a dark liner, then does an ombre effect with a lighter liner in the middle, then puts lip stain on top of the combination, adds some lipstick and some lip gloss, and creates the most perfect lips for headshots.
(6) Set Your Eyeshadow
Another trick I learned from Chloe was to set your eyeshadow first, before you do your eye makeup. If you use an eyeshadow primer, and then a powder over the top of it, it will help the eyeshadow to last longer and to not move from its position on your eyes.
(7) Do Your Foundation After your Eyeshadow
To get a flawless foundation look, try applying your foundation after you finish your eyeshadow. This way, if you accidentally mess up on your eyeshadow and it goes out of bounds from where you want it to be, or you get eyeshadow powder below your eyes, you can easily clean up the look by putting foundation over the blemishes.
Thank you Chloe for an amazing makeover, I had so much fun! And thanks for your awesome tips as well!
Competing in my first pageant this year, I learned a lot about how to do Miss USA pageant hair, how to do pageant makeup, how to walk on stage, how to model in photo shoots, and more. I did not realize how much time and dedication it takes to master all of this, but like anything, it seems easier looking in from the outside.
Today I want to share with you how to do Miss USA pageant hair. Here are some of the tips and tricks I learned from the extremely talented hairdresser, Chad Seale, who is the hair sponsor for the winner of Miss Utah USA.
- Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
- My favorite curling iron: Hot Tools Professional Spring 1.5″ Curling Iron (Only $29.99 on Image Beauty)Some girls go for even tighter curls, using a 1.25″ barrel, but the 1.5″ is my favorite for some great, bouncy curls.
- Two boxes of hair styling clips
- Flex-hold hairspray: I like to go to Sally’s and find one of their flex-hold hairsprays, something that will not make your curls crunchy
- Heat the curling iron up to about 380 degrees. You do not want to heat it up more than that because it will damage your hair.
- Start sectioning off your hair, starting from the top right and working backward, making sure to curl the front of your hair first. Take small sections and work to curl the hair away from your face, then secure it with a clip at your scalp.
- Once you have curled a good section of your hair, use your hairspray to secure the curl.
- When all your hair is curled and in clips, use your hairspray once more and wait for all the curls to set, until none of them are warm anymore. The longer they set, the better the curl and the longer it will stay.
- Start letting out the curls one by one.
- Once all the clips are out of your hair, then you can add some volume and rat your hair at the roots.
- Flip your hair upside down and spray your hair at the roots for an extra lift.
And there you have it! Great Miss USA hair, ready for a day at the pageant!