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SamStevens
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7/21/2015 3:47:50 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
A beauty contest is defined as "a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles"(http://dictionary.reference.com...).

When scrolling through pictures of beauty contest participants, all of them appear to be wearing makeup, which usually consists of eye liner, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick/gloss, fake tans, etc.

Evidence of the use of cosmetics during pageants is as follows:
"Kelly has been backstage with contestants [...], touching up their spray tans and helping with hairstyling"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...)

"Before each preliminary, the contestants get worked on by their respective hair and makeup people, as Kelly explained to us: 'Some contestants show up with a clean canvas, some have done their own hair and makeup and just need touch ups[,] and some contestants do everything themselves'"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...).

Are beauty contests judging natural beauty or are said contests judging how well a crew of make up artists and pageant participants can apply makeup?
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7/21/2015 4:20:54 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2015 3:47:50 PM, SamStevens wrote:
A beauty contest is defined as "a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles"(http://dictionary.reference.com...).

When scrolling through pictures of beauty contest participants, all of them appear to be wearing makeup, which usually consists of eye liner, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick/gloss, fake tans, etc.

Evidence of the use of cosmetics during pageants is as follows:
"Kelly has been backstage with contestants [...], touching up their spray tans and helping with hairstyling"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...)

"Before each preliminary, the contestants get worked on by their respective hair and makeup people, as Kelly explained to us: 'Some contestants show up with a clean canvas, some have done their own hair and makeup and just need touch ups[,] and some contestants do everything themselves'"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...).


Are beauty contests judging natural beauty or are said contests judging how well a crew of make up artists and pageant participants can apply makeup?

Just as painting a piece of driftwood will result in a worse piece than painting on a high-quality canvas, working with a naturally beautiful face will always result in more beauty than the alternative. Assuming that the makeup artists of each contestant are equally competent, the deciding factor is natural beauty alone.
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SamStevens
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7/21/2015 4:55:47 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 7/21/2015 4:20:54 PM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 7/21/2015 3:47:50 PM, SamStevens wrote:
A beauty contest is defined as "a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles"(http://dictionary.reference.com...).

When scrolling through pictures of beauty contest participants, all of them appear to be wearing makeup, which usually consists of eye liner, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick/gloss, fake tans, etc.

Evidence of the use of cosmetics during pageants is as follows:
"Kelly has been backstage with contestants [...], touching up their spray tans and helping with hairstyling"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...)

"Before each preliminary, the contestants get worked on by their respective hair and makeup people, as Kelly explained to us: 'Some contestants show up with a clean canvas, some have done their own hair and makeup and just need touch ups[,] and some contestants do everything themselves'"(http://www.huffingtonpost.com...).


Are beauty contests judging natural beauty or are said contests judging how well a crew of make up artists and pageant participants can apply makeup?

Just as painting a piece of driftwood will result in a worse piece than painting on a high-quality canvas, working with a naturally beautiful face will always result in more beauty than the alternative. Assuming that the makeup artists of each contestant are equally competent, the deciding factor is natural beauty alone.

Good point. Bone structure plays a healthy part in beauty, although makeup can also give the appearance of more desirable cheek bones and other features which would otherwise be lacking.

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