Category: Author: Roz Walker
Our 2017 Miss Louisiana was just crowned, winning over other contestants because of her poise, platform, and beauty.
She’s learned how to showcase her beauty–inside and out. A skill many women want to master.
If you want to learn the beauty secrets all pageant queens know, then read on. Here are the top five beauty tips every woman can use.
Your hair is your crown and glory
The type of hairstyle is one of the most important decisions a pageant contestant will make. And healthy, shiny hair adds to the beauty of any woman.
Most beauty queens favor styles with long, loose curls. These styles soften facial features and are the secret to looking more graceful and feminine.
Want to get pageant hair? Just add volume to your hair using “a little moisturizing mousse and a large barrel curling iron,” says licensed cosmetologist Rebecca Wiseman. “Work with larger chunks of hair rather than thin sections and do not brush after the hair is curled.”
Clean skin means glowing skin
Having healthy, glowing skin makes you look fresh and youthful. And it’s the dewey, radiant skin that gets noticed.
It starts with a clean face. This means removing your makeup each night before bed.
One way to make this task easier is to use coconut oil, says Ashley Bendiksen, Miss New Bedford 2009. “Massage it all over your face, and all over your closed eyes — dry, no water, just the straight coconut oil — and then wipe it off with baby wipes,” she suggests. Consistent use makes your skin smooth and baby soft.
A sparkling smile steals the show
Your smile is one of your best assets, and beauty contestants make sure their smiles are flawless.
As the official cosmetic dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants, we’ve helped many contestants create winning smiles.
One of our beauty tips is to accentuate your smile by getting your teeth their whitest and brightest. While over-the-counter whitening systems promise glowing results, many can actually damage your teeth.
Instead of taking this risk, talk with your dentist about safe and effective ways to whiten your teeth.
Dress to impress…and hide
Everyone has parts of their body they may like more than others. Learning how to hide your flaws with smart dressing is the key to dressing to impress.
Instead of focusing on the areas of your body you like least, accentuate the parts you love. For instance, if you have long, lean legs, pick outfits that show them off. Are your arms your best asset? Try wearing something sleeveless to highlight them. Dress to flatter your body type and you’ll feel more confident.
Bright eyes give a more youthful look
Has stress and lack of sleep left their mark under your eyes? Under eye circles can add years to your look.
Take back your youth with a few simple natural remedies. Eat bananas to reduce the appearance of puffiness in your skin. They’re loaded with potassium which is effective in getting extra fluid out of your body.
You can also brighten your under eye area with peppermint tea. Dampen two tea bags and let them chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Lie down and place the tea bags under your eyes for 10 minutes. You’ll find the under eye circles are less noticeable and you’ll look refreshed.
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.