It’s no easy feat getting prepped and primed for the Miss Universe pageant night—we can imagine the pre-show jitters all contestants go through! But we also know that there’s nothing more confidence-boosting than looking and feeling beautiful, and that the right beauty tricks definitely go a long way. Here are some that the candidates relied (or rely) on to help them make a stunning impact on stage:


Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

Queen P’s winning lip color combo? MAC Lip Pencils in Spice and Boldly Bare, topped off with MAC Lipglass in Clear Water. Needless to say, the products complemented her mega-watt smile and helped seal the deal!

Miss Great Britain 2014 Grace Levy

"Before I put my makeup on, I press teaspoons that have been chilled in the fridge under my eyes to eliminate puffiness. I also always use lip liner to define my lips, even if I'm not wearing lipstick. I'll just use a natural shade." (Popsugar)

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Miss Curacao 2016 Chanelle de Lau

“Moisturize and provide your skin with the necessary nutrients to ensure a healthy glow 24/7. This is as close to a fountain of youth that we are going to get!” (Missosology)

Miss Australia 2011 Scherri-Lee Bigs

“Do your hair first and complement it with your makeup. If you pull your hair back, make your eyeliner follow the upward flow of the face, but if your hair is down, smudge your eyeliner out for that sultry look.” (Beauty Heaven)


Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo

"I love Evian face spray, because it's a really easy way to just freshen up your face. Also, just drinking a ton of water." (Glamour)

Miss Korea 2014 Yoo Ye Bin

“Many people find drawing eyebrows to be difficult, but I have an easy way. If you put the spoon underneath your eyebrow and follow the curved part, you’ll get nice, clean eyebrows that will make you look younger. It’s a really simple method, and the spoon prevents the powder from falling in unwanted places so you get a nice, clean line.” (Soompi)


Miss Tanzania 2016 Jihan Dimachk

Need a little boost before the big day? Jihan has this DIY face mask recipe: “Chickpea flour mixed with water or yogurt—mix it into a paste and place it along your T-zone in order to shrink your pores and to extract oil and dirt.” (Miss Universe)


Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan

"I use Vaseline as my makeup remover. You just put the Vaseline on your eyelids, and you can get a cotton ball wet and just wipe it off. And then you can use [it] on your lips, on your cuticles, just to soften and [hydrate]." (Us Weekly)


Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady

Erin explains that she loves emphasizing her eyes with eyelash curler and mascara. “The curlier the better! So I curl them before I apply mascara, and then throughout the day if they fall, I'll curl them again. I'm a repeat-curler throughout the day.” (Glamour)

Miss Australia 2013 Olivia Wells

“Always set your eye makeup by beginning with a layer of concealer over your eyelid. This will stop your eyeshadow from creasing and it will stay perfect for hours.” (Primped)

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