When you hear the phrase ‘beauty queen’, your mind instantly goes to either the red carpet looks of all the stunning ladies strutting and posing in the finest couture and flawless glamazon makeup, or to the Miss Congeniality movie and the ‘behind the scenes’ parts where they are frantically running around, trying to hide their beauty secrets from one another.
While on a daily basis, we tend to rock the more subtle no-makeup makeup look, there are times when a gal really wants to feel like ‘one in a million, once in a lifetime’, and every girl deserves to feel glamorous every now and then.
To that end, we have created a list, a little black book if you will, of the little beauty secrets of the biggest beauty queens.
The Ultimate Beauty Queen Prep Routine
One beauty to rule them all, of course we are talking about the Miss Universe. Sure, they are not judged based solely on their looks, but the perfect hair, flawless makeup and effortless-looking confidence are a must. The first pageant contestant-approved tip is – get a facial at least once at the turn of the season.Your skin needs to adjust to the changes in weather, and this is the perfect time to pay a visit to a beauty salon and prep that skin. Another contestant has given rave reviews to coconut oil; she claims that it is perfect for removing heavy makeup, because apart from doing that, it actually nourishes your skin in the process. You might have noticed that these crown-getters always have a pearly white, almost blinding smile.The secret is simpler than you could have ever imagined – baking soda! Just mix it up with a few drops of water and use instead of your regular toothpaste twice a month. Saves your wallet from expensive dental work and it is completely harmless.
The Glitz and Glam
When it comes to makeup secrets, these girls know them all, so pay close attention. The next time you head to a makeup and cosmetics store, make sure to choose a concealer a shade lighter than your foundation. According to Miss Wisconsin, this helps hide dark circles (in case you have had a sleepless night) and brightens your face, making it fresh and healthy-looking. While you are at it, do not forget to snag a great eyeliner and some fake lashes, as Miss Ecuador swears by these two in order to add extra drama and glam to her eyes.Finally, matte foundation is the way to go, at least for Miss USA, because every glam goddess knows that there is no room for a shiny face on that stage. The ultimate consensus amongst all these beauties is that for a full glam look, always apply lip gloss, even if you are wearing lipstick underneath. A little extra sparkle on the lips brings the whole look together.
The Secret Vault of Old Hollywood
If the pageant look is a bit too much for you, and you would rather take advice from the likes of Audrey Hepburn and other silver screen beauties, you are in the right place. A technique used by contemporary makeup artists was actually first used by Miss Monroe ‒ she would apply 5 different shades of lipstick and gloss to create dimension. Darker reds went on the outer corners, while lighter hues were brushed on the middle of the lips. Ombre lips are not a new thing after all. If you were always envious of the gorgeous glare of Hepburn – the secret is simple ‒ after applying mascara, use a pin to separate each individual lash for definition and non-clumpy lashes. It takes a bit extra time, but it is worth it. This may come as a surprise, but the Kardashian clan did not invent contouring – Grace Kelly did. She used blush to define her cheekbones, with one shade for underneath her cheekbones, and a slightly darker shade dusted on the cheekbones. Not as aggressive as the contouring of today, but much more effective and subtle.
Now you are in the know, so stock up on these beauty products and start practicing these techniques for a look worthy of the red carpet.
Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. After all, she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general.