11 Quick Tips for First-Time Pageant Contestants OR Pageant "Newbie"

Is this your first time entering a Beauty Pageant and you’re not sure what to do? Here are 11 Quick Tips to help you win!

Smile, Smile, Smile. Judges like to see happy contestants, so show as many teeth as possible.

Walk with Your Chin Up. Even if you don’t know how to walk, keep your head up, and try to fake it until you learn. Try not to look at your feet. This shows confidence. Walk at a slow pace.

Keep Your Eyes on the Judges. Always look at the judges, try not to look at your parents or your friends, connect with the judges, and allow your eyes to show confidence as well.

Model Stance. When standing on stage, stand with your feet in a model-stance position (something I call the 12:00 & 2:00 stance). Try not to stand with your feet side-by-side with your arms swinging or twirling your body or rocking side-2-side. This will make you look bored and nervous.

Shoes. Pick a sandal with a pump or heel that you feel comfortable walking in. Practice walking in the shoe at least one month before the Pageant. Judges can tell if you just bought the shoes and never walked in them before. Make sure the shoe is not too small and not too big. You want a comfortable fit.

Dress/Gown. Choose a dress or gown that’s age appropriate and that compliments your skin tone. Try not to wear a black dress, this color sometimes cause contestants to look dull and washed out. If you have a “warm” skin tone you should look for a warmer and richer gown colors such as reds, oranges, yellows and dark browns. If you have a “cool” skin tone you should look for cooler colors such as purples, greens and blues. If you have a “neutral” skin tone then you are fortunate enough to wear almost any color, the choice is yours. Ultimately, contestants can choose whatever color gown they want to wear, but complimenting your skin tone could not only do your complexion and overall appearance good, but could help guarantee your Pageant Win!

Communication. When speaking on stage whether it’s answering questions or giving your introduction, you don’t want to sound too rehearsed. Don’t memorize answers. Be natural and as relaxed as you can be. Show your personality in your voice, be bubbly and happy. Only speak serious if it’s appropriate.

Personality. If you don’t have an out-going personality, meaning you’re shy and reserved, try to step out of your comfort zone as much as you can, by smiling more, by walking more confidently or through your communication.

Makeup. If you’re entering a “natural” pageant, wear little makeup as possible or go for a more natural look with a little foundation, a little blush, a natural eye and a natural lip. Choose soft colors that compliment your dress and your skin tone. If it’s a full glitz pageant, choose makeup that’s appropriate for that particular pageant organization.

Hair. Depending on your dress, your facial structure and your age, you want to choose a hairstyle that is easy to style. Girls should choose a updo hairstyle or some type of pin-up hairstyle that compliments the top of the dress and her facial structure. For example, if your gown has rhinestone at the top, embellishments, fancy straps or a lace design, in the front or back, don’t wear your hair down because if it’s long, judges won’t be able to see the detail. If the gown is long and elegant, your hair should normally be in a updo style. If your dress is short, then either a updo or down style will be good. Judges like when you do something different with your hair whether it’s a updo or a down and curly style. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or a lot of time on your hair, but just do something with it.

Walking & Turning. If the Pageant you enter has a group lineup, meaning that you are in a straight line with other contestants in your age group, this is usually the time that the judges are scoring the optional or side categories that you may have entered. Group lineup is before you go out on stage by yourself. Therefore, take full advantage of group line-up. Judges usually know whatever you do or don’t do in group line-up is what you’re going to do when you’re alone on stage. Seize the opportunity girls! Give a model pose or stance, smile, turn slowly and go back into model stance. This is not a time to just stand there and hope that you will get noticed, turn on the charm, bat your eyes, give a gentle wave (younger girls), blow kisses (younger girls). This is your time to shine and be noticed amongst the other contestants, especially if there are many in your age division.

I hope these quick tips help you win your next beauty pageant!

Source by Cyndi Martin

The Benefits of Using a Dandelion Face Mask

The Benefits of Dandelion

Now this is a strange one. As I pondered over all the seemingly “unique” beauty products I own-oatmeal face cleansers and powdered vegan toothpaste-I thought to myself: a dandelion face mask certainly tops the “unique” list.

But are you aware of what dandelions-yes, that weed we’re so intent on destroying-can do for your skin? According to Marsallai Quick, the owner of Maddieloos, dandelions are high in vitamin A, which is known to even the skin’s complexion.

“The detoxification effects of the dandelion can yield clear skin,” Quick said. “Dandelions are high in vitamin A, known for its complexion benefits.”

Vitamins and nutrients include:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Beta-carotene
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Antioxidants

The list goes on, but I’ll stop here. Read and then re-read the vitamins and nutrients listed above. Pretty impressive, right?

For this reason, she was inspired to create her unique dandelion face mask. Thanks to the vitamins and nutrients within dandelions, this mask moisturizes and cleanses the face while stripping away its impurities-without stripping away natural oils.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Facial Mask?

“What can a facial mask do for me?” This is a very legitimate question. Some beauty gurus may scoff at the question and ask, “What can’t it do?”, but it’s important to know the specific benefits of a facial mask, as well as when to use it and how often it should be applied. First off, facial masks should be applied only once a week, and you can find great application instructions below.

These masks should be a part of your skin care routine, along with cleansers, toners and exfoliators. You’re probably thinking that, with so many skin care products on the market, a facial mask may duplicate the benefits of a cleanser, or a toner.

The answer: Nope.

A facial mask is a unique beauty product on its own. It conditions the skin, creating softness. It cleans beneath the surface to treat blemishes, such as acne scars, and I personally use facial masks, along with an olive oil facial serum, to treat my blemishes.

Not All Facial Masks are Alike

First, you have the ones that are sold at drug stores; they’re popular, but loaded with chemicals that can harm the skin. The harmful signs may not be noticeable, and in fact, your skin may even improve. But your skin can and should be treated better.

Many companies and small businesses, such as Maddieloos, sell all natural masks with no harmful chemicals. Skin improvement comes faster and more efficiently.

Skin Type and Skin Condition

The other type of facial masks depend on your skin type and skin condition. Oily and dry skin don’t benefit from the same ingredients. For example, those with oily skin will benefit from clay masks. If you have dry skin, you would benefit from a facial mask that offers more moisture.

How to Use a Facial Mask

For the dandelion face mask, Marsallai Quick recommends the following application, which can be used with any face mask.

  1. Apply this mask to your face and neck
  2. Avoid the eye area
  3. Leave for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water
  5. Let the hot washcloth steam your face
  6. When completely rinsed, splash your face with cold water to close your pores
  7. Moisturize

Follow this routine once a week, and your will skin will glow naturally.

Source by Ria Rankine

Importance of Ayurvedic Beauty Care

One of the oldest system of medicine, Ayurveda has today occupied an important place in beauty care and treatment. Using varied herbs and herbal formulations, Ayurvedic beauty treatment is completely natural and gives the best results. Not only the natural herbs play an important role in internal health and well-being but also on external beauty and health. With herbal beauty treatment, the body and soul becomes complete and this is evident in your overall appearance. The beauty therapy of Ayurveda has shown its popularity among its users.

One of the most important reasons for the increasing use of Ayurveda in beauty and skin care is that this system can clearly bring out a clear, glowing skin together with happiness and relaxation which otherwise cannot be achieved by cosmetics. It lays emphasis on internal beauty.

Today the market is flooded with a wide range of beauty products, ointments, lotions, soaps, facepacks made using ayurvedic herbs which can bring a complete makeover of the skin, making it glow with radiance, removing dark spots and blemishes from your skin.

The beauty care of Ayurveda deals with overall well being of the body, increasing hair growth, improving eye sight, hands and foot care. The best part is that the herbs remove all the toxic wastes from the body, making you feel fresh and happy. There is a sense of mental peace and tranquility.

Some well known herbs for beauty care

  • Aloe vera: The gel of this plant is very useful for skin and hair care.
  • Neem (Margosa): A natural anti-parasitic and detoxification herb, it is used for skin ailments.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric paste applied all over the face give a glowing skin.
  • Hibiscus: You can make a shampoo using the flower and leaves. Powder them and mixed with water. This has amazing cleansing properties.
  • Henna: A well known herb increasing hair growth and maintaining hair health.

Some Ayurvedic Beauty Care Tips

  • Take equal proportions of cucumber juice, lime juice and rose water. After washing your face, apply this mixture on your face and keep it overnight. Next morning, rinse it off. This helps to give clear complexion.
  • Take a small quantity of raw milk. Add and put a pinch of salt with few drops of lime juice. This is a natural cleansing lotion. Use it regularly to clean the deep pores of the skin.
  • Take a small quantity of tomato juice. Add lemon juice. Mix it properly and apply it on your face. This makes the skin soft and glowing.
  • Mix turmeric powder, wheat flour of equal amounts with sesame oil. Apply it on legs and hands for some time and then wash it off. This helps in removing unwanted hair.
  • Apply orange juice on face. It makes the face soft and smooth.
  • Mint juice when applied regularly removes stains.

Source by Rupunkel Phukan

How to Prepare for Miss India

Beauty pageants are held to appreciate the unparalleled beauty. Miss India contest is an effort to recognize the young elegant and graceful ladies. Femina Miss India is the most popular and oldest of all the pageants for Indian women. If you have always dreamt of becoming a Beauty Pageant start preparing as early as possible. This article helps you prepare for this heritage beauty pageant for women.

Join the Beauty Contest training programme in a reputed institute. Select from an array of Training Institutes based on their past record and the quality of trainers. Improve your chances of winning among so many contestants vying for the same title by getting trained by ex-miss India. These training schools will guide with their expert advice. They will primarily work out on your Public Speaking, Voice Modulation, accent, Diction, articulation, Body Language

They also prepare you for the important question-answer round, Evening Gown Presentation round, Modeling Technique, analysis, customize and stylize wardrobe. This contest is high pressure time, so work on to cope up with it.

Healthy and well balanced diet, yoga and meditation increases confidence in you. You should be well prepared for the 60 second interview on which a lot more your selection depends. An experienced trainer knows what panels look for in contestants so they groom accordingly.

Your way to present yourself and beauty is the first thing that makes the first impression on everyone’s mind. So try to create positive first impression which will somewhat smoothen the path.

The beauty contest has created way for many contestants into modeling and film industry. Miss India 1994 Aishwarya Rai is a well known name in film industry. Yukta Mookhey, Neha Dhupia, Gul Panag, Sangeeta Bijlani, Nafisa Joseph and many more vent in the industry only after participating in Miss India, Miss world, Miss Universe contests.

Quick tips for Miss India

Physical Appearance is important. A good dressing sense will definitely work for you but there is lot of other points on which you should work hard. They are-

Instill self-confidence. Confidence is the quality which helps you achieve big targets and gives a starry shine to your personality.

Prepare well for question-answer round and quick short interview. The panel of judges expects a short, crisp and sensible answer from contestant.

Leadership skills are also sought for in contestants.

Interview skills, on-stage questions, bio sheets and total imaging are very important to learn for an aspirant.

Go to a good training institute or trainer who will assist the aspiring Miss India in paperwork, photos and wardrobe, public speaking skills, self-confidence and on-stage presence.

Keep stress away from yourself. Practicing yoga, pranayam, calisthenics and agility drills will help keeping you in good shape.

A well balanced diet should necessarily be combined with exercise. This all will not only enhance your beauty but also make you energetic.

Many Institutes in India has dedicated programme for preparing the young ladies coming in for beauty contests. Get groomed and be confident! This is the key to success!

Source by Mamta Dhingra