Makeup: Practice Makes Perfect


It’s all about elevating your competition makeup! Practicing your stage look is one of the essential keys to being able to successfully carry out your glamorous competition hair and makeup. Especially in pageantry organizations like Miss America and Miss USA, where you are not allowed to have an artist, elevating your makeup skill set is extremely essential. It cuts down on pageant day anxiety, as well as the stress of not having a clear idea about what will work for you during competition.
In order to represent yourself well on stage, you not only need a great wardrobe, incredible stage presence, a commitment to the community, and great hair—you will also have to be able to step up your pageant glam game! It is necessary for you to be able to both apply and correct your makeup for an amplified overall stage look. You will also want to consider how you will transition from your interview presentation to stage presentation. While you may use the same level of contour for both, stage will require amping up your overall color scheme.
Definition, as well as a smooth skin finish, is imperative to creating a gorgeous stage look. I love that stage makeup really gives you an opportunity to enjoy being fabulous. Luscious eyelashes and tons of gloss rule the day. Ardell’s Double Up lashes are a favorite of mine for stage, as well as Eylure’s Vegas Nay Grand Glamour. Finding a lash that fits your eye shape is vital. It is definitely not a “one style of lash fits all” type of party, so be mindful of everything from your lash decisions to your color choices.
I will also tell you that investing in great products is an important piece of your stage face puzzle. You will want to stick to companies like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Make Up For Ever, and other companies known for creating great HD friendly products. Be sure that there is no SPF in any of your face products, as well. The SPF can cause horrific flashback under the stage lights and in your stage photos. Very similar to celebrities on the red carpet, you want to be sure that your face is matte and properly made up so that you can make the most of your time in the spotlight.
What You Will Need:
1) Makeup Brushes
2) HD Friendly / Non SPF Foundation
3) Face Powder
4) Concealer
5) Powder Contour Palette
6) Setting Spray
7) Brow Products
8) Eye Products
9) False Eye Lashes
10) Lip Products
11) Blush
12) Bronzer
13) Beauty Blender
14) Primer
Special Product Recommendations:
1) Smashbox Primer Collection
2) Make Up For Ever HD Foundation & Powder
3) Genie Beauty Products Superglide Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Duo
4) Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape
5) Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
6) Karity Nudes & Rudes Palette
7) Eylure Vegas Nay Grand Glamour Lashes
8) Ardell Double Ups
9) Benefit Porefessional
10) Anastasia Soft Glam
11) Estee L­auder Stay-in-Place Lip Liner
One of my favorite ways to help contestants achieve their pageant glam goals is teaching makeup classes. In this setting, the client can both analyze their personal features and truly get a full understanding of their glamour lifestyle beautification process. In the tutorial photos you see the gorgeous Mckenzie Cox preparing for Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen. We took a day to sit down and perfect her competition hair and makeup technique. You also see her in stage shots capturing TOP 15 this year! These gorgeous looks are what personalized practice will help you achieve with ease.
Mackenzie also attended The GLAM Class, which is a hair and makeup class I teach that helps you nail down the basics of pageant glamour. By helping her perfect her competition look in advance, I was able to aid Mackenzie in preparing herself to create her looks under pressure, as well. One thing we often forget about is the adrenaline that is added on top of everything while you are doing your makeup for competition.
During her private session we focused on changing her foundation, hairstyle transitions, and really understanding a great stage eye. Using the Karity Nudes & Rudes palette, as well as Anastasia’s Soft Glam palette, you can really design a stage eye that captivates. Remember, stage makeup is all about embracing the places that the light pops across your face. You want to really leave the old thinking about messing up or wearing too much makeup behind. Think more about building appropriate coverage for your face and really creating angles. I have also created a list of special products that will aid you in keeping your stage look on point. I listed a couple of my favorite eye palettes, as well as other great products that will truly aid you in revamping or elevating your personal stage look.
Once you have strategized your complete look, be sure to practice your application a minimum of 3-5 times a month before competition. You want to be sure that you understand the angles of your face and how to solve any problems that may occur in advance. You want to be sure that you also have all of the necessary tools you will need. I suggest creating a competition makeup kit, that way you are totally packed for the big day. It is also a good idea so that you will be familiar with the placement of your products.
Do everything you can to be totally prepared for your crowning moment! M
Liz Everett second language, from an early age, was glamour. Quickly realizing she had a passion for helping others achieve their beauty goals, Liz began working for the Victoria’s Beauty Brand. What started as a job soon became the embodiment of Liz’s desire to see glamorous women of all ages empowered by their unique beauty perspective. Eventually segueing into both the pageantry and entertainment fields, Liz has continued to develop her flair for curating gorgeous hair & makeup looks. Her keen eye for glamour has helped her land jobs in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Las Vegas, as well as drawing clients from the U.K., Canada, and beyond. In 2017 Liz also captured the “Beauty It’s Everywhere”
hair and makeup artist of the year award. Contact Liz at, or visit