September 17, 2013
If you like to strut down the bustling city street humming to the tune of, "There she is / Miss America…" then the beauty-queen regimen might be the right fit for you.
In the age of black-and-white television, pageant contestants had to pile on the powder, rouge and eyeliner to be pageant-ready. Fortunately, that's not the case in this 21st century pageant world - just look at Nina Davuluri, the newly crowned Miss America.
Davuluri, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, became the first woman of Indian heritage to garner the top tiara last Sunday. The aspiring cardiologist dazzled the judges with a Bollywood fusion routine, and ended the night flaunting her flawless style in a gorgeous canary-yellow gown.
But what was the real clincher of Davuluri's win? Her impeccable makeup. Fresh, fun and tasteful, the dark-haired beauty radiated glowing, blemish-free skin, subtle eyeliner and to-die-for lips.
The 2014 Miss America winner let the New York Daily News take a peek inside her make-up bag, filled with essential beauty products.
Every woman is on an endless search for the perfect red lip color – even Miss America.
"My [Bollywood] costume was a deep red and of course my lips had to match," Davuluri told the news source.
Finding the right hue for your skin tone might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be when you can mix, match and blend. Davuluri said she used a combination of two cherry-red lip crayons. Unlike regular ol' lipstick, lip crayons also act as liners, creating a matte look that has a long-lasting effect. Blend a few lip crayons onto your lips until you get your desired color. To tone down the shock of red, add a bit of sparkle with a flirty pink gloss, such as Bliss Fabulips Glossy Lip Balm in Vanilla Mint, or Peppermint for a more natural style.
To maintain a fresh, just-applied appearance, Miss America opts for a translucent powder over pressed ones. Translucent powder will hold your makeup in place without adding unwanted color or weight. Apply the powder with a large brush for an all-over look. It also helps to keep an extra powder compact in your purse, just in case.
Of course, no look would be complete without a touch of bronzer. However, it should be used sparingly - orange skin is never in. Miss America suggests using bronzer as a contouring tool on your cheekbones and jawline, while dusting bronzing blush powder California Sun Glow over your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose will instantly make people jealous of your sun-kissed flush.
Miss America makeup artist Luis Casco reveals that no look is finished without, well, a finishing spray.
"I always use it if I'm getting a celebrity ready and I want the makeup to last, for the skin to look perfect," Casco told the news outlet. "It seals the makeup on."
Before leaving the house, close your eyes and sprinkle a mist over your face and hair to ensure that your beauty-queen look will last, no matter if you're going to work or performing a high-energy Bollywood routine.