Makeup is key to a flawless photo as well as looking your best on stage!
Makeup colors that perform best for photography, video and stage are usually highly-pigmented, meaning they contain strong color pigments and are not sheer. A highly-pigmented makeup color will provide flexibility, allowing the user to apply a small amount of color for a natural result or it can provide darker, dramatic color when applied more heavily. Along with being longer lasting, the strong color pigment in high-pigment makeup colors will also perform well against harsh camera flashes and stage lighting (no washed-out, ghostly makeup looks). Photo and camera-ready makeup do not have to look heavy or false. The purpose of makeup is to enhance and showcase your beauty, not cover it up! Suggestions for pageant makeup for stage and photography:
Foundation – To provide a smooth canvas for lip, eye and cheek colors, a perfectly-matched foundation to your skin color is essential. The purpose of a perfectly-matched foundation is to ‘even out’ the facial skintone, never to add a pink or peach color to the face. A perfectly-matched foundation color will match the neck as well, so that there should be no tonal difference between the face and neck (no mismatched colors at the jawline and no applying foundation to the neck). Use a creamy, opaque concealer to cover any dark undereye circles, which are very unflattering in photos and appear as ‘tired’ eyes. Concealer can also be dotted carefully onto any untimely breakouts. Seal both foundation and concealer with a loose powder, applied with a soft large powder brush, for a smooth, matte finish. Do make sure that these three items – foundation, concealer and loose powder – are a perfect match to your skintone. Avoid pinkish or peach-toned loose powders applied on top of your carefully matched foundation! To find a perfectly-matched foundation shade for your natural skintone, use natural (outdoor) light and a mirror. Stripe several different sample shades from your side jawline down onto your neck. Look in the mirror while in outdoor light. The shade that disappears onto your neck is the shade you want. Your foundation shade can now be used as a guideline color to carefully match your concealer and loose powder. Using natural, outdoor lighting for this process ensures there are no hidden undertones of pink, orange or red in your foundation, powder and concealer. Be aware that indoor lighting can hide undertones and distort some colors during the critical shade selection process; outdoor lighting is always recommended for checking color undertones.
Adding Color to Eyes, Lips and Cheeks – After applying foundation, concealer and powder, you’re ready to add color to the face with lip, eye and cheek tones. Powder eye shadows and powder blushes are your best selection for long-lasting results under warm stage and flashing camera lights. An important makeup principle to remember is: powder clings best to powder, meaning powder eye shadows and blushers will cling best to the powder you’ve used to seal your foundation, translating into fresher, longer-lasting results. Apply color a little at a time, rather than having to correct after using too much. Blend each color product carefully, avoiding harsh lines, and check your work under a strong light or in daylight, if possible. If you’ve applied a little too much eye shadow color, use cotton-tipped swabs to blend out any harsh lines or smooth away overly dark shading. Avoid attempting to correct mistakes with fingertips since the oils on the fingers can lead to messy, blotchy colors. If the blush needs correcting, just use a small amount of loose powder over the blush to tone it down – and again, for best results, no hands on the face!
For guidance with makeup colors to coordinate with your pageant gown, see our QDazzle.com Dress Color Packages section. Within each Dress Color Package, you will find suggested coordinated makeup tones for over 20 gown shades, along with facial illustrations demonstrating color placement and blending for eye, lip and cheek colors.
Important Photoshoot Tip – Prior to a photoshoot, powder any shiny areas on your face. A matte finish to your makeup will yield the best and most flattering photos! Avoid facial oiliness or shine by carefully blotting, not rubbing, oily areas with a tissue and lightly powdering the forehead, across nose, and chin. A shiny face in photos will appear very unflattering, so be sure to check your face in a mirror for shine and if needed, lightly powder right before your photoshoot.
Practice Makes Perfect – It is highly recommended to do a ‘practice’ makeup session at home a few times before your pageant competition. A practice makeup session will be similar to a ‘dress rehearsal’ so you can see how your makeup will appear at your Pageant! Each practice session will help you to refine your application techniques. If you choose to wear false eyelashes, definitely do a ‘try-on’ session at home prior to your event so you will feel comfortable applying them. Eyelashes can feel very different on the eyes and if you’ve never worn them, it make take a few minutes to become accustomed to them. Practicing your total makeup look will give you more confidence in your own makeup skills for your big pageant day.