Kim Oddo's Figure And Bikini 101: Lesson Three - Stage Preparation
Tanning, suits, makeup and posing? Where does a girl start? With this lesson, of course!
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While training and nutrition can get you the body you need to compete well, your stage preparation is just as important. Without good stage preparation, you'll feel like an M&M without a shell - incomplete and not nearly as delicious.
Kim Oddo's The Perfect Figure & Bikini Stage Physique: Stage Prep
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Begin tanning 6-8 weeks away from your competition. Go once or twice per week. Don't over tan. You don't want red tones or burns. A good base tan will match a spray tan.
Before you spray tan, make sure to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating will get rid of any excess soap or shampoo that might be left on your skin.
Choose a suit color that enhances your skin color and is flattering to your figure. If you have a fuller physique, and you're trying to look smaller, choose a darker color. If you're smaller, and want to add fullness, choose a lighter color.
Make sure the suit works for you. It needs to be flattering to your skin and hair. It should be cut to fit your physique, exposing a V-taper front to back and opening your body lines. It should also cover 1/3 of your glutes.
Hair And Makeup
You don't want hair and makeup so dramatic that the attention goes to cosmetics before your body. Hair and makeup need to be flattering, not overpowering.
The competition is all about beauty and femininity, so make sure you choose makeup and a hair style that are natural and bring out the contours of your face.
Again, your posing needs to fit your physique. Don't just copy what you've seen other women doing. Fit the posing routine to show off your best assets.
If you need to draw attention to your amazing V-taper, then you need to open yourself up. If you have large glutes or legs, you may not want to flex or push your glutes out.
Posing coaches can be valuable. Even if you have a great body, showing it incorrectly won't get you the best results. Experienced posing coaches can help show you how to bring out all the positive points of your physique.
Keep your movements smooth and elegant. Take your time: it's your time on stage. Enjoy it!