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Proper Homecoming Etiquette

Oct 31, 2011

Think you’re ready for your school’s homecoming dance? You’ve chosen your homecoming dress, shoes, accessories and makeup. However, are you up to date on your homecoming etiquette? We didn’t think so. Here are some homecoming dos and don’ts to keep in mind during homecoming.

Your homecoming is probably being held at a fancy hall with proper place settings. Keep your cool with these dining etiquette tips.

Homecoming Etiquette

  • Everything has a proper place in the table setting.
    • The dinner plate goes in the middle with the soup bowl on top.
    • You may have a smaller plate to your left with a knife on it. This is the bread and butter plate and the knife is the butter spreader.
    • Across from the bread and butter plate, there are usually three glasses. The shortest is for white wine, the middle glass is for red wine and the tallest glass is the water goblet. The place settings at homecoming will most likely only have water goblets.
    • To the left of your dinner plate and next to your napkin there are three forks. Beginning from the outside in, is the salad fork, dinner fork and dessert fork.
    • To the right of your dinner plate, beginning from the outside in is the soup spoon, teaspoon and dinner knife.
  • When you begin eating, start with the outside fork and spoon and work your way in.
  • If there is a coffee cup included in the place setting, and you don’t want coffee, turn the cup upside down.
  • Keep your napkin on your lap until you’re finished eating.
  • Before using the ladies room, place your napkin on the back of your chair.
  • After finishing your salad, turn your salad fork upside down on your plate.
  • Keep your purse and other items off the dinner table.
  • Don’t apply makeup at the table.

Most importantly, never forget your manners! You should always say please and thank you. These are only a few important etiquettes that should be kept in mind at homecoming. If you’re interested in learning more about proper homecoming and dinner etiquette, search for an etiquette book at your local library or book store. Have a safe and great homecoming, from all of us at! 

10 Beauty Tips and Tricks for Pageants

Oct 28, 2011

It’s no secret that pageant contestants are judged based on their attitudes, personalities, morals and looks. Most contestants appear flawless on stage in their beautiful pageantry dresses, but how do they do it? Every pageant contestant has a favorite beauty trick they swear by. Pageant Designs put together this list of 10 beauty tips and tricks to help you breeze through your next beauty pageant.

Drink Water for Better Skin

That's 8 Full Glasses for Better, More Hydrated Skin!

  1. Keep deodorant from rubbing off on your beauty pageant gown by spraying your underarms with hairspray.
  2. You can also spray your face with a light coat of hairspray to ensure your makeup doesn’t smudge.
  3. Achieve a natural flush in your cheeks by splashing your face with cold water before applying foundation.
  4. Satin or silk pillowcases reduce and may eliminate frizzy hair.
  5. For longer, fuller eyelashes, apply mascara on both sides of your top eyelashes.
  6. White eyeliner will make your eyes appear bigger and brighter as your standing under the stage lights.
  7. Quickly add definition to your legs by doing a few leg squats before going on stage.
  8. Ensure you’re always smiling by coating your teeth with petroleum jelly.
  9. Moisturize before you begin applying makeup.
  10. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Not only will this keep your body hydrated, you’ll have more energy and feel healthier.

Use these beauty tips during your next pageant, and you may just walk away with the crown! What are some of your favorite pageant preparation beauty tips?

Alexandria Robinson Lives Up to Her Role of Miss Teen Earth Northern US

Oct 24, 2011

At Pageant Designs, we love hearing about pageant contestants who we believe serve as good role models for younger girls in pageantry. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria Robinson, Miss Teen Earth Northern US, has proven herself a fantastic role model through community service, positive attitude and her kind heart.

The Miss Teen Earth pageant is part of the Miss Earth pageant. Contestants of each pageant are committed to protecting and preserving the environment. They travel the world raising environmental awareness. Some of Alexandria’s accomplishments include:

Alexandria Robinson - Miss Teen Earth Northern US

  • Crowned and competed in both Miss Teen Earth Staten Island and Miss Teen Earth Northern US beauty pageants.
  • Volunteered and helped clean up the beaches of Staten Island with the Teen Environmental Group from The Staten Island Museum
  • Served as a Miss Teen Earth volunteer at St. George Day Festival in Tompkinsville Park. The St. George Day Festival includes activities for kids, food vendors and promotes environmental friendliness.
  • Participated in Treasure Your Island at Fort Wadsworth, an event which highlighted museums on Staten Island, parks, theater, music and more.
  • Participated in NatureFest at Great Kills Park Education Station. NatureFest is an event hosted by the Staten Island Museum. It teaches the community about different aspects of nature.
  • Volunteered at the recycling booth during Back to the Beach at South Beach
  • Over the summer, volunteered at the Earth Camp held by the Staten Island Museum.
  • Spent time at the New York Restoration Project’s summer program.

In addition to her volunteerism and stylish grace in a pageantry dress, Alexandria is a member of her high school’s cheerleading team and takes pre-college classes in interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After graduating high school, she hopes to continue her education, and eventually wishes to own her own interior design firm.

Pageant Designs would like to thank Alexandria for her dedication to our environment and her persistence in spreading the word about being eco-friendly. Alexandria truly is a great role model for young girls everywhere. You can find out more about Alexandria’s environmental efforts at her website, or on Facebook.

Preparations for the Day of Homecoming

Oct 21, 2011

You have spent so long preparing and shopping for the perfect homecoming dress, and now the day of the homecoming dance is here! Don’t let all of your troubles go to waste by forgetting something as simple as the lip gloss you bought especially for homecoming. Stay organized all day with a checklist you already have prepared. Here are some of the things you can include on your homecoming checklist.karishma homecoming dress

  • If you’re going to take a purse with you to homecoming, make a list of everything you want to have inside or place things inside as you buy them. Include things like an extra pair of nylons, lip-gloss, a travel makeup kit, travel deodorant, extra cash, gum, bobby pins and anything else you think you might need.
  • No matter how busy you are, eat a good breakfast and lunch. You’ll feel refreshed and energized later that night, instead of sluggish.
  • Check with your date and confirm what time he’s picking you up, or what time you’re meeting at the homecoming dance.
  • Exercising in the morning can help you feel energized and healthy.
  • Stay relaxed. There’s no reason to work yourself up. If something goes wrong, simply find a way to fix it or deal with it in the best way possible. If you are feeling stressed, sit down in a quiet room and take ten deep breaths.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This stress relief strategy should help you calm down.

Homecoming only comes around once a year, and you spent a lot of time preparing for this special night, so the most important thing to remember is to have fun!

Your Pageant Coach: Amanda Beagle

Oct 19, 2011

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When it comes to getting expert advice to prepare you for your upcoming pageant, who better than a successful pageantry winner! Pageant coach, Amanda Beagle offers pageantry hopefuls pageant preparation services, helping you develop everything from the winning runway walk and stunning looks to a strong platform and handling all of that entry paperwork.

Titled Miss Ohio 2004 and a Miss America talent award winner, Amanda is an experienced professional singer who has worked with hundreds of singers, coaching them to improve both vocal talents and confidence – just like any winning pageantry girl needs! She’s just finished a ten month contract with Holland America Line touring the Caribbean, Canada and Alaska and is now devoting her time to auditioning, coaching contestants and judging pageants between both NYC and Ohio!

So what could be even more exciting? On December 18th, Amanda will be holding a Pageant Prep Intensive in Youngstown, OH, where there will be pageantry training and a mock interview session with a panel of judges. Such a real experience!

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One thing many pageantry girls find difficult is finding that pageantry coach, especially locally. Sure, you can always find your pageantry dress online, but Amanda has taken her services online as well! Located in New York City, she offers group and individual coaching, and for those long distance hopefuls Skype coaching, providing her expert advice and skills online. Find out more about Amanda at her blog at Your Pageant Coach where she blogs regular advice to help pageantry hopefuls make their way to the winners circle! For more information on her upcoming Pageant Prep Intensive you can also visit her personal site We wish her the best of luck with her upcoming judging and the best of luck to any of the girls under her talented training!

Look Like a Bombshell this Homecoming with Our Hair and Makeup Tips

Oct 18, 2011

You have the beautiful homecoming dress, now you still need to consider your hair and makeup in preparing for homecoming this fall. Luckily, has some great hair and makeup tips that will complete your homecoming look!dress prom homecoming tips

  • Make your eyes pop by highlighting them with a shadow that matches your homecoming dress.
  • Instead of matching your shadow to your homecoming dress, match it to your nail polish.
  • Rather than coating your lips with lipstick, clear lip-gloss will keep your lips smooth, and you won’t have to reapply it constantly.
  • Summer may be over, but you can achieve a summery look for homecoming by dusting your cheeks, temple and jaw line with bronzer.
  • Pull your hair up into a high messy bun, and use a headband or an elastic headband to decorate the look. Instead of combing all your hair back with the headband, leave a few strands out, falling softly around your head.
  • Red lipstick is always in style, and it gives you a classical look.
  • Loose curls look fantastic when paired with dangly earrings and soft smoky eye makeup.
  • Blushed cheeks can complement anyone. Choose a blush that matches your skin tone, and then give the apples of your cheeks a light dusting.

When looking for your best makeup look for homecoming, choose colors that complement your skin tone and the color of your homecoming dress. If you’re going to try a new hairstyle for homecoming, make sure you practice the hairstyle to make sure it looks good with your makeup and homecoming dress. What are some of your favorite homecoming hairstyle and makeup tips?

Pageantry Success isn’t All about Beauty

Oct 10, 2011

Show off your great style and personality!

Show off your great style and personality!

Beauty isn’t everything. If your attitude is sour and you don’t treat other pageant contestants with kindness you won’t be winning any type of crown. No matter how wonderful you look onstage in your glitzy pageant dress, you still need to be kind and generous to the other pageant contestants. Here are some tips from Pageant Designs that will help you succeed in the wonderful world of beauty pageants.

  • It doesn’t matter if the other pageant contestants are acting catty towards each other, treat each and every one of them with the upmost kindness and respect. Not only is this showing good sportsmanship, but it’s also showing your fellow contestants that whatever they’re saying doesn’t bother you.
  • Maintain good etiquette and manners throughout the pageant. This includes, but is not limited to, standing up straight, saying please and thank you, and always wearing a smile.
  • Maintaining good sportsmanship involves smiling even though you didn’t win. We understand that you spent a lot of time and energy preparing for this pageant, but even if you’re not crowned queen, keep your head up and a smile on your face. You can further show that you’re not a sore loser by congratulating the pageant winner. Being upset isn’t going to change the judge’s decision; it will only make you look bad. Besides, there is always next time!

During your next beauty pageant, show everyone what a great sport you are, and treat your fellow pageant contestants with respect and kindness.

How To Match Your Under Things to Your Homecoming Dress?

Oct 7, 2011

Convertible, demi cup, strapless, adhesive and push up, there are many types of bras to choose from and sometimes it’s difficult to find the right bra for your homecoming dress. Here are some ideas to ensure you wear the right type of bra with the right style dress.

strapless dress

Wear this dress with an adhesive bra or a strapless bra.

Convertible bra:
Convertible bras work well when they’re worn with a homecoming dress that has a racer-back or halter-top design. These multifunctional bras have straps, which can be detached. Convertible bras can usually be worn four different ways – regularly over the shoulder, racer back, halter-top, or you can remove the straps completely for a strapless bra.

Adhesive bra:
Since this type of bra has no straps or bands, we recommend wearing an adhesive bra with a strapless or backless dress. These bras attach to your chest using a strong adhesive. They are commonly made from a silicone or paper material. Please keep in mind that adhesive bras provide little support, so we don’t recommend them for large cup sizes.

Demi cup bra:
Demi cup bras have half-cup styled cups, straps that are set widely apart and a horizontal bust line, which provides cleavage and an extra lift. This style bra is ideal when worn with a plunging neckline dress.

Push-up bra:
Much like a demi cup bra, a push-up bra has cups lined with padding to provide an extra lift for your chest. Wear a push-up bra with a dress that has a plunging neckline.

Strapless bra:
Strapless bras can be worn with any type of homecoming dress, but if you plan to wear a halter-top or strapless homecoming dress, go with a strapless bra.

Do you need advice on what type of bra to wear with your homecoming dress? Leave us a comment describing your dress, and we’ll do our best to guide you towards the right style bra for your dress.

10 Tips for Proper Pageant Etiquette

Oct 4, 2011

In order to win a crown, pageant girls have to show the judges that they are poised, proper, educated young women. To do this you must be educated in proper pageant etiquette. Next time you’re standing on stage in your pageant dress, remember to practice winning etiquette.

  1. Always be polite. Instead of blurting something out, think about what you’re going to say. Is there anything unladylike about it? Would you be offended, hurt or upset if someone said it to you? If you answered yes to any of those questions, what you’re about to say isn’t polite and so refrain from saying it.
  2. Never forget to say please and thank you. Not only is this an important part of pageant etiquette, saying please and thank you is simply a part of minding your manners.
  3. Maintain eye contact whenever you’re speaking to someone and be aware of his or her personal space.
  4. Treat other pageant contestants with respect, the way you would like to be treated.
  5. When seated, cross your ankles not your legs.
  6. Maintain good posture, and keep a smile on your face whenever on stage.
  7. Only sit down when asked or directed to. It’s considered impolite to sit before asked to.
  8. Speak up when spoken to. Talk loudly and punctuate your words so people are able to understand what you’re saying.
  9. When walking, keep your shoulders back and your head up.
  10. If someone shakes your hand, make sure you have a firm handshake.

Practice these pageant etiquettes before pageants, and implement them into your everyday life so you won’t forget about them when it comes time for a pageant. Even when you’re not wearing a wearing a pageant dress, you can still wear your pageant poise. Good luck from everyone here at Pageant Designs!

Beauty Pageant Talent Ideas

Oct 4, 2011

The time in the pageant has come for contestants to leave behind their beauty pageant dresses, and begin dressing for the talent portion of the pageant. The talent portion of a beauty pageant is very important. You’ve already wowed the judges and the audience as you walked across the stage dazzling in your lovely pageant dress. Now you have to wow the judges and audience members through how well you entertain. Here are some of our favorite talents, and some things you’ll need to think about concerning each one.pageant talent

Playing the piano

  • When choosing a song to play, ask yourself what you play the best.
  • Is it a piano piece that needs a background orchestral track, or can you play the piece solo?
  • Practice makes perfect. Know the song inside and out.

Gymnastic performance

  • When you chose to highlight your talent as a gymnast, don’t attempt to learn a new routine or try to perfect a newly learned move specifically for the pageant. You’ll be nervous and more likely to mess up during your performance.
  • Practice the choreographed routine numerous times.
  • Which outfit will your wear?


  • The most important thing to consider is what song you’ll sing.
  • Try a different approach when singing, and impress the judges by performing the song in sign language too.
  • Choose a pageantry dress that allows you to easily walk around the stage while wearing it.


  • Choose the appropriate style of dance for the song you choose.
  • Think of a creative song and dance, such as Thriller by Michael Jackson.
  • Your outfit should allow you to move freely when dancing.

Some other talent ideas include playing an instrument other than the piano, performing a comedy act, baton twirling, performing karate, the list goes on and on. What is your talent?