Whether you’re new to pageants, or if you are a returning contestant, these tips are sure to help you compete at your fullest potential!

 ✔ Introduction :

When you introduce yourself at the beginning of the pageant, KNOW what you want to say. You are not being judged per day (in points) but the judges are watching you and making opinions! Everything helps…so make a good impression! Stand in Model-T position with arms at your side. Be crisp, excited, and don’t let your words run together. Speak slowly, but lively. Have in mind what you want to say before you say it and practice it a few times. Don’t be too drawn out, or too under-stated. 10-15 seconds should be fine.  Don’t forget to thank your sponsors

✔ Hair :
Believe it or not, hair is a big deal. Because it is a woman’s crowning glory, your hair must be healthy, soft, shiny, and perfectly styled. Do not show up with over-processed hair. If your hair is thinner and needs help, use good quality hair extensions and clip them in. Avoid using permanent hair extensions because these get overused on a daily basis. As a result, the texture of the extensions doesn’t match your own hair. And often the hair extension doesn’t move in the same direction as your own hair. This will make it appear as though you are wearing fake hair. Clip-in hair extensions are much easier to keep your hair looking healthy and natural, and they tend to blend better with your own hair, if put in correctly.

✔ Skin Care :
Start a good skin-care regimen, so that your skin will be nice for the pageant. This is important, especially if you have trouble with acne, etc. Start using a moisturizer as well, so that your skin does not get dried out and looks healthy and glowing! Also, most girls feel that they would look better with a tan. This is always an option, but only if it looks good on you! Make sure to stay moisturized and achieve a good shade for YOU and your gown. There is such a thing as “too dark”, but make sure you don’t look washed out under the lights.

✔ Makeup :
When you are on stage, makeup can be a bit heavier because you are far way from the audience and you want to make certain your features pop. However, I am not talking about wearing heavy, theatrical makeup, but be aware of the lighting on stage. When you are in rehearsal, show up with the makeup that you plan on wearing during the finals. Take some selfies or record a video of yourself. This way you can check to see how your makeup looks on stage. For the actual event, you’ll know if you need to adjust your makeup.

Glowing skin is so popular these days. However, using too much shimmer and highlights can make you look like a sweaty disco ball. Just remember, when lights hit your face, you want to sparkle, but in the right amount and in the proper place.

You can go heavier with blush.

For your lips, if your lipstick is too nude, it will make your mouth disappear from your face. Make certain the color you choose makes your lips stand out. And if you have smaller lips, don’t be afraid to use a lip liner to create the illusion of fuller lips. Finish with lip gloss.

When it comes to eyes, definitely wear false eyelashes, and use shimmer eye shadows to add sparkle on the lid and matte in the crease.

Keep your nails natural. No claws or French manicures.

✔ Wardrobe :
For your pageant wardrobe, make certain to choose styles that compliment your body, not what you think looks best on someone else. Show off your figure and if you have larger breasts don’t make it too obvious. Wear something that makes you look elegant, yet sexy. There is a reason why contestants wear chandelier earrings. Once again, you are on stage.  People see you from far away. And you want to wear jewelry that stands out, but not too much like Joan Collins in Dynasty!

For some reason, I still see lots of stripper shoes when I judge beauty pageants. While they might be appropriate attire for strip clubs, they have no place in a serious beauty pageant. Unless the pageant has a shoe sponsor, bring shoes that are preferably tan in color, the classic nude pump. If you need a little height, a platform 1 ½ “ or less, is suitable. No wedges, ankle straps, or patterns.  Remember, the focus needs to be from your feet up to your head, not on your shoes.

✔ Knowledge :
You are young and I understand you want to have fun and you should. But since you are on your phone all day anyways, why not subscribe to a news site? The world outside is more fascinating than you might think! You could even find yourself liking politics, environmental issues, or world affairs. Understanding the world around you, at least to some degree, will give you confidence when you are on stage. If you are well-rounded, this will help you answer the most difficult questions during the Q&A portion. You might not understand it completely, but you will still come out on top if you are a well-rounded individual. The judges understand that you don’t know everything. No one does. But it is all about how you handle the question without losing it.

Carry this knowledge with you throughout your life even when the lights are off and the show is over. You will understand later how much these experiences have shaped you as a person for the rest of your life!

✔ On-Stage Question :
This is simply an Interview on stage! So treat it the same. Repeat the question and answer slowly, but do not be too verbose. Make a clear point. It doesn’t have to be brilliance or rocket science. They aren’t looking so much at what you say, but you deliver it. Don’t fidget or grab the microphone! You don’t have to say “Thank You” either! You should be able to close your point in a way that they know you have concluded your statement. Since you are looking at the judges and a bit of the audience while you answer, when you finish you can glance and nod at the emcee so the will thank YOU! As you walk off stage look at the judges as long as possible, turn your head until you near a point where any more walking will look strained, then gracefully turn your head and continue.

I am so excited to walk on this journey with you! Let’s get started!


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