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Pageant Interview Tricks Unveiled!

Published October 1, 2014 by lesleyhope

Well, I’m am officially morphing into a pageant girl for the next 6 weeks! I will dedicate at least one blog post per week on my tips for a pageant (when it comes to makeup at least). A lot of the “tips” I talk about can be applied to anyone, anyday- in a pageant or not. So here’s the thing- there’s such a difference between day makeup and night makeup. Those words are also interchangeable for interview and stage makeup. When I first started learning about how to do a cat eye and contouring, I would practice in the mornings before work and sometimes I probably looked like I belonged on the street corner instead of my cubicle. I’ve learned a lot since then, to say the least. I have picked up a few tricks of the trade for owning your interview makeup. Here they are:

-Self tanner. It’s a plus. But not for day of. I like to use Loreal Sublime Bronze for about a week or two before the day of an interview to get a nice glow going on. This builds on itself so you don’t need to use it everyday. I would say once every other day or two days. I would highly recommend going lighter on the color opposed to darker- nothing worse than streaks or pumpkin-esque skin tone. I recommend this one because it is subtle enough, but it does have enough pigment for you to start seeing changes. I’ve used it for years with little to no orange situations.

-No false lashes. None. Those are for the stage or a night out. Never during the day. There are many great mascaras but I’m going to let you in on my little secret: these. Too Faced Better than False Lashes. This is an interesting product- but I love it. It comes with a mascara and another tube of nylon lash fibers. You put the mascara on as a base coat first (I would suggest doing one eye at a time so it doesn’t clump or dry too fast). After that is on both the top and bottom lashes, you use the nylon lash fibers over it. These come out in a spidery, wispy texture so it’s odd the first time. Just go with it. Put enough on so you can see the little white fibers over the base coat. You can probably skip the bottom as the nylon fibers tend to clump and look a little messy on shorter lashes. After that is done, put on another coat of the mascara. Go thick with this. You will see that the white fibers turn black and act as extenders to your lashes. Put on a decent 1-2 coats of the mascara and you will look like you have LONG, voluminous lashes- that are real! Warning: this product is fairly expensive ($35 at Sephora). An inexpensive option that has long been my go to is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. It’s $3.99 at Target and you cannot go wrong with it. 2-3 coats and your lashes will be just beautiful!

-Eye shadow colors. Don’t try new tricks for an interview. I will go more in depth about what colors look good on skin tones and eye colors, hair colors, etc but stick to neutral colors- the pictures attached are the color families you should stick to for your eye shadow. I would consider many of these “transition” shades. And by that, I mean shades that can be applied in the crease either alone or with accent colors. You could also call them versatile shades. You can see that some of them have a little shimmer finish but the rest are matte. They are all in the mauve/nude/brown/pink or green shade range- those colors look good on everyone no matter what your skin tone.

 

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The swatches are all without primer and if anyone needs details I can give you the actual colors later (they were all individuals in my Z palette- Inglot, Too Faced & Mary Kay).
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For so long during my younger years I wanted the brightest, most shimmery, glittery shades (ok let’s be honest, I still do- moderation is key!) but as I’ve gotten older- you can’t wear that stuff all the time at a big girl job! I have discovered transition shades are my favorite types of eye shadows because you can use them with anything, any look, anytime. For the interview, I would put a medium color (at darkest) into your crease and blend it out. Along with a lighter shade on your lid, that is all you need to give depth to your eyes during the interview. You want the judges to see your natural beauty and not be distracted by that cat eye or iridescent highlight underneath your brow.

-Lipstick colors. Again, save the brights and the bolds for the stage. Stick to medium pinks, nudes, browns and matte finishes are a plus because they are subtle enough to flatter but are not overly distracting. Pictured here are a few I would recommend along with the shade and name.

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Lydia, Ophelia, Melange, Marion (ALL OCC LIP TARS in matte finish of course). NYX Matte Lipstick Euro Trash and Butter (enticing names I know).

-Blush colors. A little will go a long way in natural lighting so pick a color that compliments your coloring and brush over the top angle of your cheekbone. Don’t place it only on the apples of your cheeks- big misconception. You should start the brush on the very top of your apple and blend it upwards towards your ear with the product applying evenly. Go light handed on this as well. If you are unsure of what color looks best on you- peach tones are universal for all skin types i.e.

Nars Orgasm ($30) IMG_0271

OR Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – don’t have a pic for this sorry ($7.50 at Target/Walgreens/CVS)

-Blend blend blend! Blending is one of the things that has been my savior for makeup. After you make sure your foundation is a good match to your coloring and tone, blend it into your neckline so there are no harsh lines. Blend bronzer (MATTE ONLY!!!!) into your hairline and the angles of your face to frame your beautiful face. Blend your eyeshadow so there are no edges to see where color starts/ends.

-Last, skip the eyeliner all together. Dip a small, angled brush in chocolate or black shadow, lining your eyes as close to the roots as possible. The thinner the brush the better.

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These are a few of my tips for a flawless interview look! Remember, soft and subtle is good! You want your personality to shine and your beauty is just a backup for it 😉

Xo, Lesley Hope

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Must Have Lipstick Shades

Published March 10, 2014 by lesleyhope

Sometimes my life experiences are the ways I come up with topics. I talk as if I am a reputable author that writes so much… Anyway, I went to Chelsea Handler’s stand up show tonight (it was hysterical) and I was going through pictures afterwards (because every girl documents these type of events like woah). I’m reflecting on the L afterwards, going through all the pictures, experimenting with all the filters to see if I can make myself look tan (I can’t).  So I’m really studying and critiquing the hell out of these pictures. I had put on a bright pink lipstick color for the show- and when I mean bright, I’m talking like Malibu Barbie bright. The hottest, pinkest pink there is. I loved it, but when I was staring at nothing but these pictures I thought to myself, thank god I tried this color going to Chelsea Handler and not work or a date. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about experimenting and trying everything you’re up for but some colors scream certain things. Like this pink, it screamed NOT FOR WORK, JUST WEAR TO A SPECIAL EVENT THAT ONLY FASHION FORWARD PEOPLE WILL BE AT. And that red screams a couple of different things- ALPHA FEMALE, DON’T F*** WITH ME, or SEX. That dark purple that is almost black screams I WILL DOMINATE YOU or GET OUT OF MY WAY. You get my point?

Now I wanted to put together a list of lipstick colors that are must have universally. Universal for all skin tones, all ages (this blog is 18 and over BTW so I’m not endorsing anything under that), all hair colors, eye colors, etc.

First up… blue.

Just kidding.

1) Red. Not rocket science. Just red.

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Why? Because it’s classic. Because makes you stand out. Because it looks good on anyone. Because… that color is smoking hot!  I highly suggest it for sales jobs where the guys are a little sleazy and the ladies have to be a little forward. Not trying to sound anti-feminist but play the part when you need to. And if you happen to have bright red lips and get the job, sale or man- amen sister.

2) Natural nude.

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I love color but I am a LOVER of the nudes. The natural, barely there look is so sexy and can be worn literally anytime with any makeup on your eyes and face.

3) Soft, light pink.

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Not a barbie pink. Just a very feminine color. I hate saying this but it’s romantic! Baby pink works well on everyone and it doesn’t scream anything. It actually whispers, “kiss me, I’m a girl”.

4) Deep berry

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This color has come onto the fashion map full force in the past year especially and it’s not going anywhere. I stand by my word that anyone can pull off a bold, berry shade on their lips. I don’t care if you’re white, black, medium, blue or yellow- you can and should have this color in your makeup kit.

That concludes the four colors I believe are must have lipsticks. It doesn’t mean you need to go out right now and buy them all (even though if you’re going to Walgreens or the mall anytime soon…) but you should be open to every single one of these colors and I never want to hear “that color doesn’t look good on me”.

Sleep tight and work out hard tomorrow ladies! Summer is upon us. It’s 40 degrees in Chicago!

Speaking of summer…

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This is OPI’s Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot! It’s the best hot pink nail polish. Looks better with a tan but something has to get me through the next week when there’s still snow on the ground.

Adios and sleep tight,

Lesley Hope xo.