I Was a Beauty Queen for a Day
Think beauty pageants are all fluff and glitter? We went behind the scenes to find out how Miss Universe hopefuls really prepare
•When sporting a swimsuit, always wear a panty liner to prevent the dreaded camel toe. This is probably not advice you should heed if you're actually going to go swimming in your swimsuit.
•It's perfectly legal -- and encouraged -- to use enough padding to boost your bust by at least a cup size. Soooo ... in real life? Acceptable?
And, when it came time for Allen to give me a lesson in hair and makeup, I was hardly recognizable at the end. I guess you could say the look was "natural" in that it played up my features, but I'd honestly never worn so much makeup in my entire life. This is coming from a dancer whose had "stage makeup" thrust upon me since I was three. This was a new level of lip liner.
After foundation came contouring, contouring and more contouring. My eyebrows were drawn on and extended out. My lip liner, brought far below my natural lip line to make my lips appear larger and fuller, made me look like I'd had a run-in with Restylane.
After about an hour of hair and makeup, Allen told me that most girls have about 30 minutes backstage to do their own. Later that night I tried to recreate the same look in 30 minutes and deemed it impossible. In 30 minutes I accomplished foundation application (no contouring), one layer of eyeshadow (no shading), mascara (no falsies) and lip gloss (yes, no liner). These women have serious skills. And I work in beauty for a living.
Still, even though I wouldn't wear this face full of makeup on a normal day (or, probably, any day), I did pick up several hints to add to my own beauty routine:
•If you're going to be photographed or under harsh lighting, skip mineral makeup and products that have SPF (we only suggest forgoing SPF for an evening out). That way, you'll avoid that ghostly shine that makes you appear paler in photos.
•To get a wide-eyed gaze, skip the hooded look of downward cast false lashes. Instead, apply false lashes upward, placing the glue slightly more to the top of the adhesive strip rather than the side of the strip.
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