Pageantry may be a race for a sash and tiara, but when it comes to pageant queen beauty, you don’t have to compete. Learn how to look like a pageant queen anytime with these insider tricks and tips.

Bright, White Smile

Everyone looks more flattering with a gorgeous smile. Feel more confident about your everyday smile by using whitening toothpaste or drugstore teeth-whitening strips. It’s not necessary to go to a professional to have a striking smile. What’s more, there are ways to fake a whiter smile with cosmetics. Miss Teen USA 2003, Tami Farrell, explains that she learned to use a darker-toned lip color to help her smile appear whiter and bigger.

Head-Turning Skin


Beauty queens must pay special attention to their skin, considering how much they show of it (*clears throat* for the nothing-left-to-the-imagination-bikini). So, should you! Your body’s largest organ requires hydration and moisturizing to look it’s best. Former Miss Thailand, Pimbongkod Chankaew, suggests thoroughly removing all makeup each night and using natural face masks. She also can’t say enough about drinking plenty of water and using a moisturizer. Have an uneven or pale complexion? Use spray-on tan to give your skin an lustrous, natural-looking glow.

Luxurious Mane

Decades ago, beauty queens were crazy over big, teased hair. While this trend hasn’t fallen completely out of favor, pageant contestants now strive for healthy, shiny locks. Choose a haircut that complements your facial structure. Use anti-frizz styling products to prevent unwanted frizzies during hot competitions or dramatic climate changes. Plus, Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella, shares a secret she learned to second-look-worthy curls – sleeping in rollers overnight. However, if you are a wild sleeper, you may want to just pull out the curlers in the am.

Other tips from beauty pageants from years past include rubbing Preparation H over under eye circles to reduce puffiness, using Scotch tape to help apply eye liner and shadow, and Vaseline on teeth to keep lipstick from sticking.