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!