How to Create a Winning Entry to Beauty Pageants

crowning miss venezuelaEveryone’s goal in entering a beauty pageant is to win. While that can’t happen for everyone, you want to give it your best shot. Here are some tips to help you create a winning entry to ensure you get to compete.

From the Beginning

You must be conscious of the impression you create even from the application you submit. It is a good idea to get some important information about the pageant before filling out the application. Find out who is organizing it and what the requirements are. Determine the cost in time and money that you will have to bear to ensure that you are willing to invest in this competition.

Treat your application or entry form like a resume. Make it stand out while being honest. Find a way to portray yourself that is unforgettable.

Use the Right Photo

Select a photo that follows the look you are trying to show. It should look like you so that judges know what to expect when they meet you in person. It should also be in keeping with the image the pageant’s organizers are trying to portray.

Select a professional photographer whose work you admire. Be willing to listen to their advice for achieving the right look. A good photographer knows how to bring out the best in you and may even show a side of you that you didn’t realize existed. But in the end, the entry is yours so don’t select a photo that you don’t feel good about.

Have Support

Make you sure you have support from your family and friends. Waiting to hear back from your submission can seem like it takes forever. A rejection can leave you feeling discouraged, but you must not give up hope. Having your own cheerleaders will ensure that you are ready to submit the next entry until you get a “yes” response.

Tips and Tricks for Beauty Competitors

Everyone can’t look gorgeous and put-together all of the time. That is why many beauty pageant contestants learn secret tips and unusual tricks to help them through the bad-hair days. Here are a few you can try.

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Oatmeal and Peanut Butter

One tip that many contestants swear by is eating oatmeal and peanut butter (though not together) to give them energy to get through the crazy hectic days. While some girls may try to starve themselves and eat very little during competition to look lean, the smart ones know that a healthy body is a winning body.

Avoid the Sweaty Look

It can be difficult to look amazing when you are doing a talent routine, especially if it is something physically challenging like dance. One way to look as good as you perform is to use powder on top of your makeup to prevent extra shine.

Keep a Beautiful Smile

To keep your smile looking fabulous, put a little Vaseline on your teeth so they continue to sparkle and shine while you smile all evening.


It is often recommended to wear your hair down in the swimsuit competition. It gives a more natural look that everyone loves. You have more choices in the evening gown portion; your hairstyle depends on the style of your gown.

Unique Tips
  • Duct tape is known as a fix-it for just about anything, so it’s not surprising that beauty pageant contestants also use it. It can help create more cleavage when they tape it in their gowns and swimsuits. Tape it around your waist and you give the illusion of being slightly thinner.
  • Do leg squats just before you go on stage for the swimsuit portion of the competition and your legs will look firmer and increase the definition.
  • Hairspray is another go-to for contestants. They can use it to keep makeup from running and under arms to prevent deodorant from getting on the clothing.

These are just a few tips you can try to always look your best.

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Top Beauty Tips for Pageant Contestants

“You are what you eat!”

is good advice – but not just for food. If your body is healthy on the inside, you will see the benefit on the outside in better skin, nicer hair, and a physique that can handle being active and energetic. If your mind is healthy, there will be outside effects as well: you will be happier, more positive, and more confident. And it is this kind of well-rounded beauty that will stand out to judges.

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Eat Healthy:

Eating healthy doesn’t just mean counting calories. I think we’re all starting to realize that the extra additives in processed food are not the best choice for our health. The downside of low-calorie marketed food, other than the potential effects of added sugar, salt, chemicals, food coloring, and preservatives, is their inability to make you feel full. Which will only torture you with hunger, or make you eat more calories. Alternatively, eating food you’ve prepared youself, from organic, clean food, will have more nutrients, and if you include forms of protein, will make you feel full faster. A low Glycemic Index diet is beneficial whether you’re diabetic or not. Avoiding white, sugary bread, and replacing it with protein and vegetables in smaller meals throughout the day will keep your blood sugar steady, avoid bouts of crippling hunger, and give your body steady energy throught the day.


Drink Healthy:

Water, water, and more water. Drinking water before meals will make you full faster, but will also make your skin healthier and less dry. Drinking coffee and soft drinks will dry your skin out, and contain unnecessary sugar and caffeine, which can your body have an energy crash later.



Staying active is so important. Getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day will improve your energy, make you more positive and happy, relieve your stress, keep your body and immune system healthy, you’ll fit in your clothes better, and you’ll have so much more confidence. It helps to choose an exercise that’s right for you. Not everyone enjoys a “hard-core” gym workout, or running. Youtube is great for learning short simple workouts you can do at home, including yoga.


Skin care:

Drink water, eat cucumbers (they contain water), and avoid sugar. If you have acne problems, you might be using too many products. Try washing your face morning and night with just water and dove soap (I’m a fan of Bare Minerals as well) and moisturize generously. A lot of people are afraid that lotion will cause breakouts, but its often the lack of moisture that causes skin to overproduce oil, causing acne.


Be realistic: Models and actresses that we might idolize and fawn over use professional hair and makeup stylists, and their photos are highly edited. Be realistic about what it means to be beautiful, and how you want yourself to look. No you are not going to look like the people in magazines, because even the models themselves don’t look like that. And that’s ok! Embrace how you look, and enhance your best features in natural and healthy ways if you wish.


Posture: It takes less than 30 seconds for someone to create an opinion about you, and posture contributes to that. Good posture not only makes you look more confident, it prevents back problems and tones your abdominal and back muscles involved in keeping your back straight.

Know yourself & the world: Take time to learn about yourself. They say that you can only help others after you’ve taken care of yourself. Find out what your interests are, get involved in different hobbies or volunteer work. You could take a dance class, teach yourself an instrument, join a choir, experiment with making art, read a book you’ve never heard of before, learn a lanugage, or travel somewhere new. Also find out what you don’t like and why. You’ll find you have more to talk about, and more interest in the world and other people’s ideas.