Just like your tan shows off your figure to its best advantage, you want your make-up to the same, and you want it to be noticeable for the judges from the stage. Whether you decide to do your own make-up for a competition or you choose to have it applied professionally, it’s a good idea to keep your cosmetic case stocked with staple beauty items for regular touch-ups throughout the day.
HERE ARE THE ESSENTIAL BEAUTY ITEMS YOU NEED TO HAVE ON HAND:
1 BRIGHT LIPSTICK
Whatever your lip colour of choice, from brick red to bright fuchsia, ensure that it’s a bold one. Consider a matte finish as opposed to gloss or cream formula due to their staying power, but you could add a tinted gloss on top of your lipstick for extra shine.
If you’re new to wearing false eyelashes, avoid individual false lashes as they can be tricky to apply. Instead, opt for a set of strip lashes, which can adhere to your lash line with the addition of some eyelash glue. They have the ability to make your eyes look bigger from afar, and also add some drama to your eye make-up.
3 A MATTE FOUNDATION
Steer clear of lightweight foundations that promise a glowy or shiny finish—you need your base to last throughout the duration of the contest, so always choose a matte or long-wearing formula.
4 PRESSED POWDER
It’s important to set your foundation with a powder, which will act as another barrier against perspiration and prevent your make-up from wearing off prematurely.
Even if you’re wearing false eyelashes, you’ll need to apply mascara on your lower lash line for added dimension, and also your upper lashes so that your natural lashes blend in with your false set. Opt for a waterproof formula so that it won’t rub off.
Not only will a wash of bronzer work to warm up your complexion, but you can also use it as a contour product—just blend it underneath your cheekbones and along your jawline to enhance your bone structure.
Add a hint of color with a dusting of blush on the apples of your cheeks. This will likely wear off throughout the day, so keep it on hand for touch-ups.
In order to prevent your complexion from looking one dimensional, add a powder highlighter to your make-up kit, and apply it on the highest points of your face, such as the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones.
Always keep your kit stocked with a small eyeshadow palette so that you can touch up your eye make-up when required—an extra hint of shimmering shadow in the inner corners of your eyes can also help to open up your eyes when you’re feeling a bit tired!
Keep an eyeliner with you, either a pencil or liquid, to touch up your liner throughout the day if required.