Brenna Heater, one of my close friends (I was a bridesmaid in her wedding), was Miss Arizona USA 2006 and placed top 15 at Miss USA. She’s a working model and actress with the FORD/RBA Agency and a busy pageant consultant, coaching girls who are often the winners of several pageant systems. She is currently on the Miss Utah USA and Miss Arizona USA prep team and is now offering makeup services!
I shot Brenna in my backyard to shoot for her FORD comp card. When our girlfriends get together, we often share beauty tips. It’s sort of like a gab fest of the latest and greatest goodies out there, we love sharing! So I thought I’d ask Brenna a few questions to share with you all, whether you’re interested in a few beauty tips, or even entering a pageant!
If a girl wants to get info modeling where does she begin?
Success in modeling has a lot to do with genetics: are you tall (5’8″ – 6′)? Are you naturally thin? Do you have good bone structure? I’ve never been a huge believer in modeling classes–either you have what it take or you don’t. Of course, once you’re with an agency there are seminars and runway technique coaches that will certainly help. Avoid modeling agencies that are attached to a specific modeling or acting school or insist you spend x amount of money on photos with their photographer. Those are red flags and the first sign that the agency is a scam. Also look out for agencies whose websites have “Be a Star” plastered all over the home page. Scam. Look for agencies that are licensed through the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). The best agencies will be tough to get into-because they’re the best. They only accept the best talent. But don’t give up if you’re not accepted the first time you submit. Get practice in front of the camera, learn the best angles and poses for your face and body, and submit again in 4 to 6 months.
What are your best beauty secrets?
- Wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher on your face, neck, chest, arms, and hands every day. Even when it’s cloudy and/or cold outside.The sun will age you faster than you know it! And stay out of tanning beds–that one’s a doozy.
- Drink lots of water! We need 64 ounces of water a day. Water will naturally keep you energized (no more caffeine!), alert, and clears your skin from breakouts!
- Don’t smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol, or use drugs. Not only will they harm your body and mind they also deteriorate the condition of your skin, nails, teeth, and hair.
What are your favorite beauty products?
- Fake Bake self- tanning products. I said stay out of the sun, didn’t I? But everyone looks better with a tan, don’t they? They sure do! So use Fake Bake.
- Palladio Rice Paper Oil Absorbing Sheets. I use these throughout the day and night to absorb excess oil from my face. They also leave behind a little rice powder to minimize shine so you don’t have to put more makeup on which in turn leads to oiliness. Genius!
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This is a makeup staple. I use it everyday and always use it on my makeup clients. It holds the shadow in place all day long with no creasing, fading, or smudging. I have the Original color and just started using the Sin shade. It’s a gorgeous pink-champagne color with a hint of shimmer.
- Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. Great for all skin types and shades. A lightweight, translucent loose powder helps to minimize shine, smooth pores, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
For those who don’t know anything about pageants, what are some systems women can enter depending on their stage in life?
The biggest pageant systems are Miss USA and Miss America (yes, they’re different pageants, with different winners, and different competitions). Miss USA is for single ladies 18 to 26 while Miss America is for ladies 17 to 24. Miss America requires a performing talent while Miss USA is solely a beauty pageant. These pageants both have fantastic teen divisions: Miss Teen USA and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, respectively. There are also many pageants available to married ladies: Mrs. America and Mrs. United States are the two largest Mrs. pageants in the US.
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