True beauty secrets straight from the beauty queen's mouth.
Ever wonder how models and beauty queens get that seemingly perfect look without Photoshop or Instagram filters? (You know, the kind of flawless where you don't have to take 100 selfies just to get one that's worth of your next Facebook profile pic?) While there's nothing new or cutting-edge about the tired old beauty tips that have been written for ages like putting vaseline on your teeth, I'm here to share a few untapped beauty tips from my former beauty pageant days that will guarantee that you look a cut above the rest. From packaging tape on your stomach to concealer on your pantyline, you won't believe the hacks that beauty queens use to make themselves look like glamazons! Let's get started ...
1. Put concealer EVERYWHERE.
Put concealer EVERYWHERE. If you have bikini line hair bumps, put natural color concealer (not the highlight) on your pantyline. It’ll make any beach trip or lingerie sexy-time look blemish-free. Concealer can also help disguise blemishes when you ‘aren’t wearing any makeup if your beau comes over for a last-minute movie night. (Thank me later.) And don’t forget, if you’re wearing a wig, put a little bit of that concealer in your part, too!
2. Packaging tape works wonders.
Packaging tape works wonders. Don’t get me wrong, those‘ sticky bra cups’ are cute and all (NOT!) but for non-date outings like weddings or formal events, use packaging tape. The heavy-duty white tape will keep your girls exactly where they need to be. P.S. – don’t forget to put toilet paper over your nipples. Otherwise, ouch! You can also apply the same packaging tape to your lower abdomen to hide your mini-pooch.
3. People still use hot rollers and paper towels.
Yes, people still use hot rollers and paper towels. You think using hot rollers is old-fashioned? Hardly! Applying mousse to your hair before rolling your locks will give you perfect moviestar body every single time. Take the rollers out, toss your hair back and hairspray. For great overnight curls, take a sheet of paper towel, fold it, and roll your hair around it before tying it in a knot.
4. Fake lashes make SUCH a difference.
Fake lashes make SUCH a difference. That’s right, there’s nothing wrong with wearing false eyelashes on a day-to-day basis. For practice and to make sure you’re comfortable, shorter drug store strips are your best bet. Then work your way up to the strand-by-strand extensions.
5. Juice diets *do* work.
Juice diets *do* work. Hopefully you'll never have to resort to this, especially if you're eating healthy and exercising consistently, but if you’re trying to slim down before a big event, the juice diets genuinely do work. However, before going on a 10 to 14 day fast with just liquids, I suggest eating one lean salad a day with protein in place of one of your juices. You’ll lose less weight than those who follow it exactly but that five or so pounds will be gone (and more likely to stay off).
Disclaimer: Consult a doctor before making any changes to your diet.
6. Hairspray keeps eyeshadow on all night long.
Hairspray keeps eyeshadow on all night long. Want to know how to get your eyeshadow to stay on ALL night? Close your eyes, keep the bottle about 8-12 inches away from your face and give it a little mist. For the best results, make sure the nozzle isn’t clogged, otherwise, it’ll mess up the eyeshadow. The goal is to allow the spray to mist over your eyelids.
7. Steamers are a girl's best friend.
Steamers are a girl's best friend. I find it odd when I meet a woman who doesn’t have at least two steamers. Purchase a nice steamer to make sure you’re not killing your clothes with iron-impressions on the seams or making them all shiny.