A queen is always prepared!
During some competitions, you are allowed to have a makeup artist do your makeup prior to the competition. The only downside is your makeup takes a hit after a long day. When this happens, you need to have an emergency makeup kit. The emergency makeup kit is small enough to throw in your pageant bag, but contains all the essentials you need in order to touch up your look. Below I will tell you what you should include in your makeup kit.
Queen of Makeup Tips
- Minimize the chance of a makeup meltdown by wearing a makeup sealant. Once you artist completes your full face look, have her spray a bit of sealant over your face. This will prevent makeup from smudging over a long period of time.
- Stay cool. Literally and figuratively. Sweat is the biggest killer of makeup. If you do not have to do anything physical after your makeup is done, then chill out and read a magazine. Makeup tends to smudge and smear when you are physical, in the heat, or sleeping. Be cautious to not mess up your perfect look.
- Get a bag that is small enough to tote around competition, but is just as unique as you are so it is easy to locate.
- Leave the moisturizer out of your makeup bag. Recently, someone told me that when their foundation dries their skin out, they apply moisturizer over the foundation. Not only is this terrible for your pores, but it clearly will smudge your makeup. Do not make this mistake.
Emergency Makeup Bag Essentials
- Oil blotting paper: If you have oily skin, you can minimize oil by gently patting your face with one of these sheets.This allows you to refresh your skin without washing your makeup off. If you do not have oily skin, you may not need the papers, but they are good to have just to pat your face down and to feel refreshed eight hours into your competition. I recommend Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. You can find this product at most drug stores.
- Cosmetic Makeup Sponge: Once excess oil is removed with the oil absorbing sheets, take a cosmetic sponge and smooth out your foundation. Take the sponge and in short, gentle strokes re-blend your makeup in the manner your stylist had initially applied it. The motion of the sponge along the face should resemble how you apply moisturizer, but gentler in pressure against the face. The product I recommend is Covergirl Makeup Masters Sponge Puffs.
- Pressed Powder and Powder Brush: Take your powder brush, and in a circular motion, press the brush against your makeup compact. Shake off any excess powder that may be on your brush and dust the powder over your face. I recommend MAC Studio Fix Foundation. If you cannot get a hold of that product, Covergirl has plenty of pressed powders that can give you the same effect. Just have your stylist go with you prior to competition to match the foundation to your skin tone.
- Blush: Do not apply too much blush. When it comes to blush, you have to use your better judgement in knowing if what you have on needs to be touched up. If you need to touch up your blush, take your blush brush and go over the blush you currently have on in the same manner your makeup artist did prior to competition. I recommend Covergirl Classic Blush Color.
- Eyeliner: Go over your eyeliner that you have on by following along your lash line on the top and bottom. Covergirl LiquidLine Blast is the best way to go because it goes on with ease after the first glide.
- Eye shadow: I do not recommend reapplying eye shadow, but take an eye shadow brush and blend the eye shadow you currently have to fix any visible creases that form from wearing makeup all day. Covergirl Eye Enhancers is a great product to have if you need to touch up color slightly. Match the palette to the makeup you will potentially use during competition so that you can recreate the same look your makeup artist used on you prior to competition.
- Lip Gloss: Wipe off all your lip makeup and apply chapstick. Whatever lipstick you typically use, reapply that and go over with a clear gloss. This will give your lips the same effect. To save time, I recommend Maybelline One Step 24 Hour Lip Color. This product gives you the color and gloss you need in one tube.
For additional packing tips check out, "Pageant Packing Checklist". Am I missing anything? Add your must haves below! Don’t sweat the small stuff, all you will do is mess up your makeup. Stay beautiful ladies.