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Grand Finale at Waters Edge on February 5:
The Perfect show to select ‘Mr. Perfect’ and ‘Ms. Perfect’ is one of
the most-looked-forward to events to come out since recent times where
the ‘complete person’ will be selected by a reputed panel of judges.
Michelle Vanlangenberg - official Cosmetologist/Hair & Make- up
partner for Ms. & Mr. Perfect explains her role in glamourising its
Following her almost decade-long stay in the UK - where she
diligently pursued learning and practising the fine art of cosmetology,
hair and beauty, it didn’t take Michelle very long to carve a niche as a
beautician ever since she settled back in Sri Lanka. Today, she takes
stage as official cosmetologist for Ms. & Mr Perfect - a pageant with a
difference that will come alive on February 5, 2011 at The Waters Edge.
Ten young ladies will be handed over to the complete care of Michelle
and her team so that they look their best-ever as they take centre stage
during the first week in February. Led by Michelle, they will uphold the
objective of looking beyond superficial beauty, personality and shape,
Michelle elaborates that her role in this event is to transform the
finalists from mere girls to glamorous ladies of perfection, to fit the
theme and concept of the pageant.
“This pageant is about transforming an every-day girl to a glamorous
lady”, enthuses Michelle. “For this, I will allocate individual time
slots for every contestant so that I may advise them in what areas that
require special attention”, she explains. During these personal
appointments, each contestant will be advised on the correct technique
of skin care, grooming, personal hygiene, nutrition and make up. When
inquired as to what observable difference of the average Sri Lankan
lady’s approach to grooming is, since her return to the country,
Michelle observes that there is definitely a keen interest and focus
towards personal care but cautions that what is lacking is the awareness
of selecting the right kind of product or treatment to suit each
requirement. “It is not uncommon to see ladies purchasing any skin care
product from the shelves of supermarkets, without really knowing if the
product is suited for their requirement”, she says. To address this
issue, she says, each contestant will be given an orientation on
identifying their skin type, selecting the right kind of skin care
products, the application of personal make up and the colours that best
suit their skin tones as well as application techniques that will
enhance their features the best.
Michelle explains that addressing skin flaws such as marks, patches
and scars will not be pushed to the back seat. “This pageant is about
discovering Ms. Perfect. For this reason, my mission is to make each
girl a fine specimen of perfection.
In addition to beauty, my team and I will set to work on advising and
creating for them effective hair care routines, recommendations on
suited hair colour and aftercare as well as styles that would best suit
them. Most often than not, we see how an ill-suited hairstyle plays down
on the beauty of a woman”, she says.
Tips on personal hygiene and presentation techniques will be added to
the entire rounds of preparation for the pageant. As such, advice on
selecting the right type of clothes and colours, accessories and
tasteful make up application will be areas that Michelle will focus on.
This will go hand-in-hand in imparting the benefits of proper nutrition
and the need for nutritional supplements, as well as the consumption of
natural foods and plenty of water to remain hydrated. “Most of our girls
in general consume far too many fast foods and have entwined it into
their lifestyles for the reason of convenience. Little do they realise
that over time, this not only affects their waistlines but also skin
quality and general wellness”, she says.
Michelle draws attention that this is a pageant - and not just a ramp
show where each and every participant will be given the common treatment
of make up and hairstyles and differentiates the two contrastingly:
“This is about getting each and everything just perfect”, she explains.
“Even proper oral care counts here”, she elaborates. “My team and I will
certainly be scrutinizing each contestant”, she smiles. “What we want to
establish is an attitude to grooming and that is long-term and will
continue even after the event”, she says. Michelle goes on to explain
that the sensible approach is to go by the adage ‘prevention is better
than cure’. A proper grounding will enhance presentation skills which
will for certain positively impact on each contestant’s level of
confidence, self assurance and is likely to create a whole new standard
when it comes to beauty and wellness, elaborates Michelle. Assisted by
her team, she will go into the minutiae of gauging each contestant’s
personalities and preferences before final recommendations for the