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We have a new “Miss North Carolina” in the Tar Heel State.  On Saturday night in a High Point ceremony, Mooresville’s Taylor Loyd was bestowed the crown.

Taylor represented the town of Statesville.  She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Music.  All contestants must also have a community service initiative.  Taylor’s is Healing Hearts Through the Arts, 501(c)(3).  The organization uses arts advocacy and promotion as a tool for mental health and well-being.

This Miss North Carolina Pageant also has a talent component and Taylor performed an opera vocal:  “Amour, raiment mon courage” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette.

The other Miss North Carolina 2023 finalists included:

  • 1st runner up: Abby Britt of Durham
  • 2nd runner up: Hannah Welborn-Lewis of Sandhills
  • 3rd runner up: Keelie Jones of Queen City
  • 4th runner up: Maura Westbrook of Cleveland

Taylor Loyd will now go on to represent North Carolina in the upcoming “Miss America Pageant” next year.  The official date and site of that pageant has not been named.

Also on Saturday night, Clayton High School Junior, Hanley House was named “Miss Teen North Carolina.”

List of 5 Ways to Get the Perfect Clean Beauty Look

The No7 Beauty Experts report that searches for ‘clean girl aesthetic’ increased by 250% this month as the new 2022 trend continues to dominate the beauty scene.

This TikTok beauty trend has over 9.7 million views, making it the one to beat for 2022. A clean girl aesthetic includes minimal makeup, slick back hair, and basic jewelry.

One of the first celebrities to start the trend was Kendall Jenner. Her most popular look was slick back hair and fresh makeup. Here are 5 easy steps from No7’s beauty experts for creating the clean girl look you can check out below.

  • 1. Exfoliate

    Exfoliating your skin before applying makeup is the key to smooth makeup application. To remove dead skin cells, you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week. It helps give your skin a glow which is part of the ‘clean girl aesthetic’.

  • 2. Sunscreen

    No matter whether you wear makeup or not, sunscreen should be your first step in your skincare routine. After applying your moisturizer, apply sunscreen liberally to protect your skin from the sun. The sunscreen also helps keep your skin tone even. 

  • 3. Glowy Primer

    Makeup lasts longer when you use a primer. A shimmering sunscreen will bring your skin to life and, together with the glow from the sunscreen, will help you to achieve that ‘lit from within’ look.

  • 4. Cream Products

    Cream products are essential for achieving the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic because it helps your skin show through. Cream products like tinted moisturizers and blushes blend seamlessly into the skin and create a look that doesn’t look like you spent hours applying them.

  • 5. The Brows

    Brows should be combed through and put into place with a brow gel or glue and filled in with a light eyebrow pencil where the sparse areas are so they still look natural and fluffy.

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