After the pageant

"I had such mixed feeling at the end," Denny said. "I was relieved that it was over. But I knew I would miss the girls after I got home."

Denny said she spent the immediate days after the pageant relaxing and "catching up on some sleep." Following that, she said she would go back to being Miss Maryland.

"I retain the title until June," she said. "That will be my primary job."

Denny said she plans to work part time as a tutor and apply to graduate schools in speech pathology.

Her top 10 finish in Atlantic City guaranteed her $7,000, which she said would go toward graduate school. Her earnings associated from the Miss Maryland title paid off her undergraduate degree.

"I'm going to get started on my grad school applications and send those out," she said. "That will be the next thing that I do. That will be the next chapter of my life."

How to look like Miss Maryland

Joey Killmeyer, the celebrity makeup artist who did Miss Maryland's makeup in Atlantic City, shares how he achieved Christina Denny's look using R.E.I.G.N., the official cosmetics of the pageant.

"I started by using R.E.I.G.N. Velvet Face Primer. Not only does it fill in pores and fine lines, it preps your skin for foundation and helps it stay on all day.

"To create her soft daytime eye, I used the Stay Put Eye Primer, which prevents creasing and gives you a full color experience from your eye shadows. For the eye, I used R.E.I.G.N.'s Bronzing duo. I used the light shade as a base all over the lid, and took the bronze shade using a fluffy teardrop-shaped blending brush and blended it into the crease. I then took R.E.I.G.N.'s Sheer Perfection Pressed Powder in light on the lid. This make her eyes look bigger and brighter and wide awake.

"With R.E.I.G.N.'s Duo Bronzer I sculpted the cheek bones using the bronze shade under the cheekbone. This will help your cheekbones pop.

"To create the perfect nude lip, I applied R.E.I.G.N.'s chunky lip crayon in Nude Rose on the lip and applied the fabulous Lip nectar on top to give a slight shine and keep the lips moist.

"We did not want any shine due to the fact that she was being filmed in [high definition,] so we kept her skin pretty matte. Although you need a little glow, I finished up using the light shade in the Bronze duo right on the cheekbone, just to give a slight reflection when the light hit her."

Typical day at competition

5:30 a.m. Wake up, shower, and do hair and makeup.

7 a.m. Pickup from the hotel and head to Boardwalk Hall.

8 a.m. General rehearsals begin (go over all dances and vignettes as well as walking patterns).

11:45 a.m. Leave general rehearsals for media interviews.