Toddlers and Tiaras' star Eden Wood won over 300 crowns in her glitz pageant career. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Logo
Glitz pageant contestants go all out in the hair and makeup department. The extravagant looks are dazzling and reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. Glitz hair and makeup is fun, but it is also very specific. To win a glitz pageant, you have to have the right look. (Read: What is the Difference Between Natural and Glitz Pageants?) New to glitz pageants? Here's an introductory guide to help you get started. (Read: Types of Glitz Pageants and What's Best for You) To make sure to achieve the perfect glitz look, browse our stylist directory where you can find a stylist near you! This is a free tool to use, so if you are a stylist, be sure to list your business so that pageant girls can find and hire you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7ZIVEzO8MA&feature=youtu.be
Styling the hair
The bigger the hair, the closer to the crown. You have to achieve big, voluminous hair to get the glitz look.
Teasing is one way to achieve big pageant hair. You want to tease your hair when it is dry as teasing wet hair can damage the hair severely. To help tease your hair, on the day of the pageant, skip conditioner. Conditioning the hair prevents the hair from having a natural texture that allows it to tease well.
When drying your hair post-shower, flip your head upside down for added volume. Make sure the hair is teased to perfection by first using Big Sexy Hair Volumizing and Texturizing Powder. A comb can be used to tease, but it is best to use a teasing brush. The Spornette Little Wonder Tease Brush is a trusted tool among stylists.
Add dry shampoo for texture (after all, it's every girl's best friend!). The Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo Clean and Fresh is an affordable option that is ranked by InStyle as one of the best dry shampoos on the market. Add some hairspray to hold that texture. I recommend the Kenra Volume Spray 25, the 13-time winner for Favorite Hairspray at the Stylist Choice Awards.
Section off your hair into 1-inch pieces. Tightly hold the hair straight up and backcomb toward the scalp. After teasing, smooth your hair with your fingers, not with a brush. Be sure to hide the tease with other sections of hair.
Finish off the teased look with a shine spray like R+Co Trophy Shine Texture Spray. If the hair starts to fall throughout the day, sprinkle some of the previously used hair powder on the roots to pump it up again.
Glitz pageant curls can be achieved with rollers placed throughout the head. Generously spray Redken Hot Sets 22 on a piece of hair then tightly roll it and pin it to the scalp. The Hot Sets 22 product ensures a lasting hold for your curls. Spray the curls with hairspray after leaving them in rollers for an hour.
Hair can be glammed up by adding large hair bows or decorative flowers. Find hair accessories that complement but don't perfectly match the outfit. Accessories are meant to spice up the look!
Big, voluminous hair is essential for glitz pageants. Photo: Reverence
Applying makeup Eyes A full face of makeup is expected for glitz pageants. Start by applying eye makeup. If you start with the eyes, any eyeshadow fallout will just be able to be wiped off and won't mess up your face makeup. Prime the lids with MAC Cosmetic's Painterly Paint Pot. This will make the eyeshadow more vibrant and long-lasting. Use a palette with complementary colors to achieve your eye look. I recommend trying Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette. Apply the shade "Verve" over the lid as the base color. Apply "Tease" on the crease of the lid as a transition shade. Take a pencil brush dipped in "Blackout" and make a sideways V shape with the base of the V shape pointing toward your ear. Then, fill in the V with "Blackout." Blend with a clean brush to make sure the shadows have no harsh lines. Lastly, apply "Pony" on the brow bone to highlight the brow. Apply a thin line of MAC Cosmetic's Eye Kohl in "Smolder" as eyeliner on your lash line. Don't apply too thick of a line because this will make your eyes appear small and closed off on stage. Make the eyes appear bigger by using Merle Norman's Inner Eyeliner in "Nude." Take the same "Blackout" shade and apply it to the bottom lash line using Anastasia Beverly Hills Small Angled Cut #15 Brush. This will work as eyeliner for the bottom lashes and unlike eye kohl, it doesn't smear throughout the day when applied to the lower lashes. Use Duo Lash Adhesive in "Dark" to apply Ardell Cluster Demi Wispies. The lash glue is dark so that is blends in with the lashes and makes the glue line invisible. Meanwhile, the Demi Wispies are the perfect shape for a pageant cat eye. Gently apply mascara to merge the natural and fake lashes together. Apply several coats of waterproof mascara to the bottom lashes to make the eyes pop. The best option for this is L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in "Carbon Black." It is affordable and undoubtedly one of the blackest mascaras in the drugstore. Face Before applying face makeup, prep the skin with a primer. One hack is to use Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm. The consistency of the product works perfectly as a primer and it is far cheaper than actual makeup primers on the market. Apply dots of Tarte's Amazonian Clay Foundation all over your face. This foundation is matte and won't look greasy and shiny on stage. Use a Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Cleaning Brush and a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush to flawlessly blend in the foundation. Use a foundation that is two shades darker than your regular foundation to contour. Apply the contour directly below the cheekbones, along the hairline on the forehead, on the sides of the nose and along the jawline. Use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your usual foundation to highlight. Apply it to the bridge of your nose, below the cheekbone contour, in the middle of the forehead and in the middle of the chin. Blend the highlight and contour with a Beauty Blender. Set this with Kryolan HD Micro Finish Powder. Heavily apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. Use Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush to stay matte and prevent the unwanted shiny, greasy look that happens throughout the day. Brows Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil to the eyebrows. Anastasia Beverly Hills is considered the leading brand in all things brow related. Be careful to use a light hand so that the brows don't appear too harsh. The eyebrows are the most natural part of glitz makeup. They should be thin and not attention-grabbing. Lips MAC Cosmetic's lip products are long-wearing and vibrant. Use MAC's "Half Red" Lip Pencil as a base. Apply the liner all over the lips and lightly overdraw the lip lines to make the appearance of larger lips. Go over this with MAC's Frost Lipstick in "Bombshell." Finish off your look with some shine using MAC's Dazzleglass in "Smile."
The finished product after I applied the makeup as directed in the article.
How to keep your hair healthy Glitz pageants can be hard on your hair, so make sure to take care of it to keep it healthy and shiny. People often make the mistake of washing their hair daily. It is actually healthier for your hair to wash it every other day or less if you can get away with it. If your hair is oily and requires a wash every day, use a lightweight shampoo. Use a leave-in conditioner like It's a 10 Miracle Silk Leave-In. This product will do wonders for your hair health. Once a week, use It's a 10 Miracle Silk Hair Mask to deep condition. Use a comb instead of a brush when detangling wet hair because wet hair is more susceptible to damage. Start at the base of your hair and work your way up. If you start combing at the scalp and work toward the base, you could break off the hair. Once the hair is dry, avoid unnecessarily brushing, combing or handling it. Because wet hair is more likely to be damaged, avoid roughly towel drying the hair. Instead, blot the hair dry with the towel. Any rough action taken on the hair when it's wet could have negative results. If you can, try to let your hair air dry. Frequent blow dryer use can dry out the hair, leaving it to look unhealthy. If a blow dryer must be used, use it sparingly to reduce damage. If you're having trouble with your hair, masks are most likely to the first thing you need to invest in. For dry hair, use a mask made of olive oil and egg. Apple cider vinegar and lemon can be used for oily hair. For a flaky scalp, use a banana, honey and almond mask. If you don't have these problems but just want overall hair health, an avocado and honey mask is amazing for all hair types. Long hair should be trimmed every eight to 12 weeks. This will ensure that it stays growing and healthy. Long hair is more susceptible to split ends, breakage and appearing thin. Regular haircuts help keep your hair strong.
This young girl's hair is healthy and glitz pageant ready. Photo: Pageant Hairstyles for Girls
Hair extensions Hair extensions allow the hair to be fuller and longer. They are worn by almost every glitz contestant because glitz hairstyles are voluminous and often require extensions. Pageant girls can choose between three types of hair extensions: clip-in, tape or keratin. Clip-in extensions are temporary, reusable extensions. Though still expensive, they are the cheapest hair extension option, costing around $250 for a full set. They are perfect for pageants because they can be heat-styled and then removed that same day. When using clip-ins, tease your roots before clipping them in. This will ensure a secure grip so that the extensions don't come loose. To keep the extensions healthy, shampoo the strands every six uses. (Read: How to Clean Your Pageant Hair Extensions) Tape extensions are sandwiched between two pieces of tape that are placed in between your hair and last for six to eight weeks. This is the most requested hair extension method in salons worldwide. It is pricey, however, costing around $550 for a full set. While wearing tape extensions, use a shampoo that is sulfate-free, and do not apply conditioner to your roots. The oil in the conditioner will loosen the tape. If you workout while you have these extensions, apply dry shampoo before any exercise to soak up any moisture that may result from sweating. Like conditioner, the sweat could loosen the tape. Because of this, this type of hair extension option isn't the best choice for people who workout or swim often. Keratin hair extensions are a good option for those who exercise or swim often. Instead of using heat application, these are applied using an ultrasound technology that turns the keratin from solid form to liquid and then back to solid in just a second. This entire process takes about two hours and costs around $850 for a full set. Keratin hair extensions are more seamless so they are a great option for any glitz contestant that plans to wear her hair up. An updo usually comes with risks of revealing the extensions, but keratin hair extensions are hard to detect.
The difference clip-in extensions make is demonstrated here using Barefoot Blonde Extensions. Photo: Barefoot Blonde
Flippers Dental flippers are acrylic, removable, partial dentures. It may seem like they are solely for medical use, but glitz pageant girls use flippers to have straight, white teeth that are seemingly perfect. Flippers are temporary and can be applied right before the pageant starts. If you choose to buy a flipper, be sure to clean it after every use. An uncleaned flipper can put someone at risk of gum disease. They should be taken care of like natural teeth with frequent cleaning. You should also eat soft foods when wearing a flipper so that it stays in good shape. Flippers are kept in place using a light adhesive. Be aware that this can leave a glue taste in the mouth. Many young contestants use flippers to hide budding grown-up teeth or gaps in the smile. If you want to give flippers a test run without spending a lot of money, Walmart sells flippers for $32.99. Buy these to see if flippers are something you want to invest in and feel comfortable wearing. If you do find that flippers are for you, Unity Smile Design offers pageant flippers from child-sized to adult-sized that are available to order online.
Six-year-old Stephanie Sell lost her front teeth two weeks prior to a glitz pageant and used a flipper to cover the gap. Photo: Samantha Okazaki
Hair and makeup for headshots Glitz headshots focus on posed perfection. They consist of heavy makeup and big, perfectly placed hair. Glitz headshots are heavily edited to achieve a flawless, airbrushed look. (Read: 4 Tips for Choosing a Glitz Pageant Hair and Makeup Artist) Use the same hair and makeup methods mentioned earlier in the guide except slightly more dramatic to achieve the perfect hair and makeup for the headshot. Be sure that every hair and eyelash is in place since the photograph is so close. Keep in mind that the photograph below has been edited and the hair and makeup will not look exactly like this in real life. (Find a Glitz Headshot Photographer)
This would be considered ideal hair and makeup for a glitz headshot. Photo: Glitz Hairstyles for Girls
Moving forward Though there is a science to glitz hair and makeup, there is also a lot of freedom that comes with these glam looks. I hope you use this guide as inspiration for future glitz pageants. Ready to work on your glitz walk? Here is our next article in this course to help you walk in all areas of glitz competition. (Read: How to Walk in a Glitz Pageant) Still searching for your glitz pageant gown? Here is a guide to help you find your perfect dress. (Read: How to Find the Perfect Glitz Pageant Dress) Comment below and share your glitz hair and makeup tips and tricks!
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