When it comes to NPC and IFBB competitions for women, I can’t help but think of the term “Fitness Pageant.” Beautiful athletes get dolled up with their hair, makeup, suit, jewelry, and tan so they can take their big walk across the stage. If you want to do well, it’s crucial to perfect your stage presence.
Although stage presence is a small factor compared to having your body completely ready for showtime, it’s still very important, and all your attention to detail comes into play on show day.
I usually start with finding a suit that will fit my physique, skin tone, and the look I’m after. Next, I like to find jewelry to match the suit, and then I look for inspiration for my hair and makeup to complete the look. So, what should you consider when it comes to putting your whole perfect package together?
Suit: Look for a base fabric color that will contrast with your skin tone and hair color. I often find those with an olive skin tone or darker tend to look better with a darker suit color suit and bright crystal AB stones. I’ve had lighter colored suits like burgundy and teal that just didn’t work well with my skin color.
Makeup: Because of the bright stage light shining directly on you, you’ll want to be as bold as possible. Your face will completely wash out with lighter makeup, not to mention it won’t show up in on-stage photos. I prefer darker, smoky eyeshadow and dramatic contouring. The more glittery or shiny you look, the better your features will pop with the stage lighting.
Hair: Either straight or wavy should work fine, so it’s more about color. I prefer one solid color, regardless of whether it’s dark or light, but do whatever looks best on you.
Tan: I like to start tanning about two weeks out to help dry out any subcutaneous water and make my skin a little thinner. I prefer to have a base coat of Pro Tan or Liquid Sun Rayz before I get a spray tan to make sure I have an even color.
Jewelry: Keep it simple but shiny. I prefer crystal AB for my earrings and bracelets just because the colors pop better under the lights. I like to have two bracelets and a few rings to complete the look for my arms. For earrings, make sure you don’t get too “heavy,” because they might distract from your hair and makeup.
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