Did you make sure your eyes popped during your last pageant? Your eyes are the windows to your soul and making sure that they stand out during all areas of competition can bring you one step closer to taking home the crown. If you aren't getting your makeup professionally done during pageant weekend, figuring out how to do it yourself can be a challenge. In addition to learning how to apply your makeup for your specific eye shape, you will need to figure out which colors complement your eye color and how to apply your eye makeup for each area of competition.
On top of this, it might be smart to do some research to find out which products work best to achieve your desired pageant look. Since there are so many products and brands out there, this can be a time-consuming process, especially if you don't know where to begin. Finally, once you've achieved the perfect makeup look, you'll have the added trouble of taking it all off! As someone who has done their own makeup for pageants before, I get that this can be overwhelming. This is why Pageant Planet has you covered! Want to save the stress for someone else? Find a makeup artist near you for your next pageant.
Akinahome Zergaw, Miss Ethiopia 2017, gets her makeup done backstage during the Miss Universe preliminary competition Photo: The Miss Universe Organization
Figuring out your eye shape should be the first step in learning how to do your own eye makeup. This way, when you are planning out your makeup, you can make sure it caters to your specific look. Many people don't realize that applying eyeshadow is essentially highlighting and contouring your eyes in order to make them pop. Knowing your eye shape can ensure that you highlight and contour your eyes in all of the right places. Try comparing your eyes to the drawings on the chart below to find the best match for your eye shape.
Remember to keep your eye shape in mind when choosing your makeup look. Photo: Pinterest
How to apply eyeshadow
Now that you've determined your eye shape, it's time to learn how to apply eyeshadow! While the way you apply your eyeshadow will be determined based off of your eye shape, the general procedure is similar for most eyes. Typically, eyeshadow colors get darker towards the outer corner, also known as the "V" of your eye, while the lightest color remains on your inner corner. This video tutorial below will provide you with an in-depth eye makeup tutorial that includes eyeshadow application. Make sure to keep your eye shape in mind while watching! In addition to figuring out how to apply eyeshadow, you'll need to find the perfect palette and brush set for pageant weekend. Both Morphe and MAC have eyeshadow palettes that are popular among pageant girls and makeup artists alike. Their strong pigmentation makes these brands perfect for stage makeup, especially during a pageant. While Morphe has created some great eyeshadow palettes, it has also released brush sets that are perfect for any pageant girl who wants to apply her own eyeshadow. Your eyes aren't the only things that need makeup! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxsHE8Lg6aw
What eyeliner will flatter your eye shape?
Similar to eyeshadow application, the way you apply your eyeliner will be determined by your eye shape. Since eyeliner tends to be the boldest and darkest part of a makeup look, it's the perfect way to make your eyes pop. Depending on your eye shape and the look you are trying to achieve, you can lift, shape or define your eyes with eyeliner. After finding out which eyeliner technique is right for you, it'll be time to learn how to apply it perfectly.
Make sure to cater your makeup to your specific eye shape. Your makeup should be as unique as you are! Photo: Pinterest
How to apply eyeliner
Now that you've figured out which eyeliner is most flattering for your eye shape, all you need to do is learn how to apply it! Since there are various types of eyeliner that you can apply, including liquid, gel and pencil, in addition to the many eyeliner styles that are out there, you will likely need to learn a variety of application techniques. The video below will provide you with six different eyeliner techniques to get you started.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zejp-4hgGo
Can I use mascara as eyeliner?
If you're looking for a short answer to this question, then it would be "yes, you can use mascara as an eyeliner." However, you should also consider the question of whether or not you should use mascara as an eyeliner. While this can beauty hack can help you out in a pinch during everyday life, it may not work as well during a pageant. You will want to look your absolute best during pageant weekend, so any beauty shortcuts should be reserved for any unforeseen predicaments. While I wouldn't recommend using mascara as eyeliner during pageant weekend, knowing how to do this can be helpful if you ever need to get ready, but can't find your eyeliner. If you have an angled brush handy, you can use it to apply mascara in the same way you would apply liquid liner. Simply dip your brush in your mascara formula and paint on your eyeliner.
For a more intense look, rub your mascara wand on your eyelid as close to your lashline as you can. This will transfer some of the mascara onto your lashline and give them a bolder look. "Overall, using mascara as a hack was pretty cool and can be useful if you need to travel or need a quick fixer-upper," wrote Danelle Sandoval, a YouTuber and makeup-lover, in an article published on Bustle. "However, I don't really think it's necessary at all. You don't really get as much precision with mascara as you do with a high definition liquid eyeliner, so I wouldn't suggest using this for occasions where your makeup needs to be on point." To save yourself from the struggle of trying to use mascara as eyeliner, make sure you always carry eyeliner in your makeup bag! In addition to making sure that your makeup is spot on, doing this will make sure you are never caught off guard for an appearance or event. If you're looking for a new eyeliner to keep in your bag, consider picking up Lancome's Grandiôse Liner. The bendable wand will allow you to achieve the most precise liquid liner looks!
In addition to the bendable wand, Lancome's Grandiôse Liner comes in nine colors, allowing you to find your perfect liner. Photo: Pinterest
Frame your eye with your brows
Doing your eye makeup is like turning your eyes into a work of art. Applying eyeshadow and liner can be very similar to a painter working on their latest masterpiece. Just like a painting needs a frame, your eyes deserve to be framed, too! This is where eyebrows come in. Filling in or shaping your eyebrows with the proper technique can make a large impact on your overall look. The drawing below can let you in on some of the basic do's and don'ts of filling in your eyebrows. If you're looking for a more in-depth tutorial, keep on reading, because those will be coming up soon!
Try to keep these general guidelines in mind when filling in your eyebrows. Photo: Pinterest
If your eyebrows are thin, sparse or short, you may want to consider applying more makeup to your eyebrows during a pageant. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can use makeup to darken, lengthen or thicken your brows. The video below will provide you with a step-by-step guide to achieve the perfect brow when you have little to work with.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKKcns3x2-4 For ladies with thicker brows, you will likely need to apply less makeup to achieve your desired look.
In your case, you will want to define your brows rather than fully shaping them. Applying makeup is all about enhancing your natural beauty, so if your brows are naturally thick and have shape to them, don't worry about applying too much eyebrow makeup. You wouldn't want to end up having your eyebrows distract from your eyes!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjdtysezq5w
Curling your lashes
You've heard about curling your hair for a pageant, but what about curling your eyelashes? While this may seem like an unnecessary step, curling your lashes can truly take your eye makeup to the next level. Not all lashes have a natural curl to them, so using an eyelash curler will make sure that your lashes pop on stage. If you've never used an eyelash curler before, check out the video below for a tutorial.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cpdv7Md_Cs
Make your eyes interview ready
During your interview at a pageant, you will want to wear eye makeup, but not as much as you would on stage. Since you will be getting up close and personal with the judges, you won't need your makeup to pop under harsh stage lights or at a distance. For this part of the competition, stick with lighter, more natural colors when choosing your eyeshadow. Dani Walker, Miss Montana USA 2018, recreated her interview makeup to show other pageant contestants how she achieved her winning look. Check out her video down below to get tips from the queen, herself! Are you wondering how to get a flawless face like Dani? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSd7VpoHupg
Make your eyes pop on stage
While you will want to keep your eye makeup on the lighter side during your interview, it'll be time to go full-out glam when you have your evening gown competition, swimsuit competition or finale. Since there will be bright stage lights on you and the judges will be more than an arm's length away, you will want to use darker eyeshadow, thicker liner and even false lashes. All of these things will amp up your makeup look and make your eyes pop on stage. In addition to posting her winning interview look, Walker uploaded a video tutorial about how she achieved her makeup look for the Miss Montana USA 2018 finale. As you can probably tell from the video, Walker made sure her eyes popped on stage by adding dark eyeshadow in her outer corners, using black eyeliner and wearing false lashes. Check out her video down below for some inspiration and makeup tips! Make sure you balance out your bold eyes with a strong lip! https://youtu.be/6ug9VtKigOU?t=2m3s
Is waterproof worth it?
Waterproof makeup can come in handy when you want to look cute by the pool or at the beach. However, for daily wear, some people consider waterproof makeup too difficult to remove, especially when it comes to waterproof mascara. Now, you may be thinking, "what about for a pageant?" Waterproof makeup, particularly waterproof mascara, can prove to be a huge help during pageant weekend, especially if you end up taking home the crown. While it won't be necessary to wear waterproof mascara during the various areas of competition, wearing waterproof mascara during the finale can be a smart move.
The final night of a pageant is usually filled with tears, most of which will hopefully come from the winner. If you happen to be crowned during the finale, you will definitely want to be wearing waterproof mascara in case you have an emotional reaction to winning. There's nothing worse than all of the photos from your crowning moment being ruined by globs of makeup running all over your face. You worked hard to achieve your makeup look; try to make it last! From my personal experience, I've found that the "Better Than Sex" waterproof mascara by Too Faced is a reliable and effective product. The brush's design allows it to add both length and volume to your lashes, amping them up to their full potential. The formula ensures that your mascara will stay on all day, even when coming in contact with water, but without creating clumps between your lashes. It's a win-win!
Too Faced makes its "Better Than Sex" mascara with both waterproof and regular formulas. Photo: Pinterest
Time to take it off
You've finally made it. The long weekend is over, you've mastered your eye makeup for each part of the pageant, and it's time to relax. The first step to doing this involves taking off your beautiful face full of makeup. To easily remove most of your makeup, use a makeup wipe all over your face. I would recommend trying Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I use these wipes to remove my daily makeup but have also used them during pageants, and like a good employee, they get the job done right the first time!
Since your finale will likely be the last event during your pageant, your eye makeup will be bold and layered on. To help dissolve some of the left behind makeup residue, consider purchasing Clinique's "Take the Day Off" makeup remover that specifically formulated for lids, lashes and lips. I first discovered this product after using some in an Ulta store to remove the makeup I was trying on. After seeing how well it removed my makeup after one swipe, I bought a bottle for myself. This is now my go-to product for removing pageant makeup, especially when I'm wearing waterproof mascara.
When Clinique named this product "Take the Day Off" they truly meant it! Photo: Pinterest
Now that you've learned how to achieve the perfect eye makeup for your pageant, it's time to practice! Experiment with various eyeshadow colors, eyeliner techniques and eyebrow filling tricks to find out what works best for you. Everyone is different, meaning everyone's makeup will be different. While it's smart to turn to others and outside resources for guidance, don't try to copy anything to a T. You'll realize that adjusting your eye makeup to fit your eye shape, eye color and personal style will make you shine on stage!
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