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How To Do Pageant Makeup


Pageant makeup should look nothing but bold and beautiful. This has to be seen from everyone in the audience as you take the spotlight, so don’t be afraid if you’re wearing too much. Pageant makeup is supposed to be heavier and bolder than your everyday makeup look, looking nothing but flawless in pictures. Here we show you exactly how to achieve pageant makeup and look glamorous yourself!

Prepare Your Skin For Pageant Makeup

As noted, pageant makeup is a lot more than what you are used to. Therefore, your skin must be prepped for the heavy makeup you’re about to put on. Start by washing your face and cleaning any dirt or oil off. Use a cream cleanser and an exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells on top. Then moisturize your face to achieve a soft and smooth appearance. Preparing your skin allows you to start your makeup on a blank and fresh canvas, allowing for an easy application.

Apply Primer For Pageant Makeup

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Applying a good primer to your face is essential to hydrate and smooth out your skin, while combating shininess or unevenness. If you’re going to take on the pageant stage, you’re going to be seen and judged under harsh light. A primer helps to hide any imperfections, only showcasing a smooth surface. In addition, this will make all of your makeup last longer and not slide off!

Go Heavy With Foundation For Pageant Makeup

Going heavy with foundation is okay for pageant makeup since people aren’t going to be close to you. First, make sure to pick the right foundation for your skin type and skin tone. When finding the perfect match, keep in mind that you are looking for a color that is more dramatic than everyday wear. You want the color to be close to your skin, but you also want something that will make you stand out on stage and will show through the stage lighting.

Once you decide on the foundation, apply it evenly over your face using your favorite applicator. Apply a heavier layer on pimples or discolorations to make your face look more even and healthy. For extra coverage on stubborn areas, opt for a good concealer. In addition, make sure to blend the foundation around your hairline and jawline so it looks more natural and smooth!

Use Pressed Foundation Powder For Pageant Makeup

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To create a matte look, put on a layer of pressed foundation powder. Take a foundation powder around the same shade as your first foundation, and dust it lightly over your face using a brush. This will help your foundation stick to your face longer and help your makeup look more natural. Bronze, contour, and highlight as you desire in this step, too!

Highlight Your Eyes For Pageant Makeup

Now that your face is done, it’s time for your eyes. Use a light, a medium, and a dark color eyeshadow to create a subtle smokey eye. You can pick colors based on your eye color or the color you are wearing! Then, go for a liquid or gel eyeliner on your lash line and waterline. This will outline your eyes, and can be applied thick to let it show. Fill in your eyebrows to accentuate your shape and make them defined. Lastly, use two different mascaras for the perfect, desired effect. This will give you more volume and color for a fuller, darker look. If your eyelashes are on the short side, there’s no harm in adding some falsies!

Create A Bold Lip For Pageant Makeup

Finally, it’s time to draw the attention to your lips. Pick your favorite lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss that goes with your skin tone and look. Start by putting the lip liner on your lips using short strokes, and then filling in your lips. This will help the lipstick pop and stick to your lips, preparing them for the lip color. You want to make your top lip look a bit bigger than your bottom, but don’t exaggerate this too much so it looks both bold and natural. Then, follow your lip liner and apply lipstick in a fluid motion on your top and bottom lip. Finally, dab some lip gloss in the middle of your top lip and bottom lip for a contour. This will make them look fuller, along with photographing well and appearing more noticeable on the stage.

Your pageant makeup look is now complete! Show us how you your pageant dress by tagging us on Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY, Snapchat @Faviana_NY, and Twitter @FavianaNY. 


Faviana Team

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