How to Keep a Winning Smile During a Beauty Pageant. A great, genuine smile is one thing that all beauty pageant winners have in common. However, no matter how beautiful your natural smile is, smiling continuously for a pageant can make your smile look stiff. Creating a winning smile for a pageant is something you can do with a little practice.

Practice smiling in front of a mirror. As you practice, smile naturally and then amplify it a little if you don't have an especially big natural smile. Study your smile to make sure it looks natural and pleasant.

Smile with your entire face, not just your lips, for a true winning smile. If you smile just with your lips, it can look like you're acting. A true smile engages muscles around your eyes and temples.

Keep good thoughts running through your head as you smile. Any kind of positive thoughts can put you in the right frame of mind so your smile really expresses how you feel inside.

Notice when your muscles get tired. It's impossible to hold a smile continuously, so you need to take a break from your full smile before your muscles start to quiver. Quivering muscles may make you look nervous or on the verge of tears, or may simply make your smile look fake.

Take a break from your winning smile before your muscles get tired. Keep the smile on your face as a whole, but bring your lips together briefly to give them a rest. Return to your smile naturally.

Stay in the moment when you're in the pageant, and simply enjoy your experience. If you start worrying about the judges or how you're doing, your smile can quickly start looking false.


To make sure your smile looks genuine, see what a fake smile looks like in the mirror as you practice. Once you can tell what a fake smile feels like, you can train your muscles to avoid that kind of smile so you don't accidentally use it at the pageant. Use the classic trick of rubbing a light film of petroleum jelly on your teeth to make sure they don't dry out as you smile. This allows you to easily close your lips without getting them stuck on your teeth.