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Finishing touches by Baron-Engel Finishing touches by Baron-Engel
The outfit designed by Rarity for Rainbow Dash to wear in the Best Young Fliers Competition link had been a success in my Equestrian Dreamscape. Only a few minor adjustments and modification had been required to make the whole ensemble work. Now there was just one little, teensy weensy matter to address, Dash’s personal grooming and hygiene.

Rarity, Petina, and Carousel all were in agreement that Dash’s personal grooming and cleanliness was the bare bones minimum required to be acceptable in most public places. However for the competition Dash was going to have to adopt a higher standard appearance. Failure to do so would diminish the overall impact of RD’s performance. Therefore Rarity had put together a plan to address the prismatic mare’s scruffiness.

Of course Rainbow failed to see the other mares arguments.

“I look fine. Heck I look awesome already!” Said blue pegasus mare. “Nopony had a problem with my appearance last year and I won the competition then! What’s the point?”

“That’s because last year Dash darling you were nothing more than blue streak for most ponies” Said Rarity.

“This year the whole point is to let ponies take a good, long, hard look at you, and trust me if you do your part they will be most certainly looking at you. Therefore we must eliminate anything the judges can use against you to marking off points in your favor.”

“I’m not that bad, am I?” Asked multi-colored weather pony.

Rarity sighed. “Not to put to fine of a point on it, but dung in a silk purse is still dung! You’re making such a commitment to every other aspect of this performance link that to let this one detail go unattended would be positively criminal! You simply must start taking better care of your mane and tail, and do you even own a currying brush?”

“Um, I think I still have that one my uncle gave me years ago, haven’t seen it in while though, and besides I’m busy, active pony I don’t have hours to spend with fussy hairstyles and stuff. It’ll just get all messed when I’m out flying and weather working!” Whined RD.

Rarity rolled eyes. “Yes, yes I am quite aware of your ballistic lifestyle but I assure you what I have in plan will not be an undue burden for you to maintain; nor will it interfere with your acrobatic performance.”

Dash sighed. “Fine, go ahead. Do your worst.” Then like a pony being led to her execution she followed the white unicorn mare into the bathroom. Carousel and Petina followed to give Dash moral support. Over the next hour one could hear the sounds conservations punctuated by moments of laughter and giggling.

I was working in kitchen cleaning the evening dishes, and making preparations for tomorrow’s meals when the door to the bathroom opened and the four mares came out. Petina quickly levitated full-length mirror out in the center room. Bring up the back of the pack was RD. Sighing she went and looked at herself in the mirror, and just stopped.

True to her word Rarity had done no extravagant braiding, curling, or styling to Rainbow Dash’s mane and tail. Instead she’d worked on eliminating all the tangles, knots that were always present. Now RD’s tail and mane flowed and shimmered like waterfalls of rainbows.

Dash’s hide was always a brilliant light cerulean blue, now it shimmered like satin. The effect did wonders to accentuate the mare’s taut, sleek, muscular body. Her feathers shimmered as brilliantly as any hummingbird that visited Fluttershy’s garden.

RD just stood in front of the mirror for a minute or so with a slightly dumbfounded look on her face. Then softly she spoke.

“I look awesome.” Rarity just smiled.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Hehehe....and that's exactly when Rainbow fell in love with herself. 

Rarity must have been waiting this moment for a long time, don't you agree? XD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I believe Rarity took a great glee in this moment.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Stylin' like a boss.  B)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well since she is technically my boss now that makes sense.
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:iconsyncallio:
SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Far be it from me to insist that everybody dress up pretty all the time or spend hours on their hair - 99% of the time, I don't wear makeup - but everybody should know how to "clean up" when necessary. Most days I'm with RD: it's too much of a hassle. But that just means that when there's need to look good, you gotta enjoy every minute of it. Because I can't think of anyone who doesn't clean up nicely.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, and her coat looks amazing when it is well groomed.
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:iconmisterkaos:
MisterKaos Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DAYUM, Dashie!  Dat ass!  :icondatassplz:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she's a hard body.
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:iconcolonelyeo:
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, seeing Rarity in the first panel, I'd have to side with Dash and say, "RUN FOR IT".

But now that I've seen the results, Dash really does clean up well. :wow:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It was interesting to watch other ponies respond to Dash's shiny new appearance.
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:iconcolonelyeo:
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine it must have been!

I'm really hoping we'll get to see some of it for ourselves in a future update.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You will, oh most certainly you will.
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:iconcolonelyeo:
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t:
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:iconkingofraggedy:
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I don't mean to be crude, but Rainbow has SUCH an athletic build just from looking at her ASS. :icondatflankplz: 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh she's a hard body.
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Challenger 2 Tank armor hard?
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Her coat looks metallic =3
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It now shimmers like anodized aluminum.
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anodized?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, question: Have you heard of Airwolf? www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBzs1x…
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Better, my dad knew one of the fellows who flew some of R/C models for special effects in that show. He also did some of the model flying for Blue Thunder and Top Gun.
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BTW, my mom LOVES Top Gun!
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyways, this is just a suggestion: Rainbow Dash vs. Airwolf. =3
Trust me: that series NEEDS to be revived, and this is the best way =)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL!
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Once again, Rarity demonstrates that she can do wonders with simplicity and subtlety.  Fabulosity is not always super-flashy.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes less is more.
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:iconhalpthiuian:
Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. She didn't put up the fight I thought she would. But the end result was still worth it.

Nice use of subtle details to show how spectacularly she cleaned up. She's going to be a big distraction to the other contestants, even before she dresses up.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah other ponies start noticing the difference pretty quickly.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
:)
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Great picture. Although, and I apologise if this sounds like undue criticism, but even though I get what Rarity was supposed to have done to RD to make her look better, I can't actually tell the different between how she looks in the first and last panels of this comic.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love how Rarity wasn't attempting to change Dash radically, just bringing out what was already there.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well Rarity has said to me that Dash markings while rather extravagant are some of the most stunning Rarity has seen, and since she met the prismatic mare she's been gnashing her teeth at watching Dash waste all this potential! Well by Celestia she's not wasting it anymore!
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DameonRaeth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That smile!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Rarity's overly happy, excited smile?
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:icondameonraeth:
DameonRaeth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, the 'After years of begging and pleading I finally have an excuse to force you into a proper spa treatment and I am going to enjoy every last second of your suffering as I make you look pretty!' smile.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, that smile.
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:iconiguanodragon:
Iguanodragon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student General Artist
This dream arc definitely has some powerful moments; I can just feel Rainbow's thought process as she looks into the mirror, and earlier, with Applebloom telling off the bullies... Wow.   I will hungrily await the next installment of these tales of Equestria. :aww:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As I commented to an earlier poster, one of the things ran through this dream arc was watching Rainbow Dash as she started not thinking of herself as an old filly, but instead as a young mare.
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Iguanodragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes. It is a heartwarming thing to watch, even if in a fictional world.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
It's so nice to see something like this. *Sigh* Tugs at me heartstrings, it does.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad it made your day.
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Shiny Dash is shiny!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Most shiny.
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
She cleaned up nice!  I can agree to her taking better care of her looks, at least until the competition is over!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well Rarity is hoping it is going to stick and become a long term habit.
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Hmmmm, maybe.  Might help if a nice young stallion or two asks R.D. out on a date after they see just how nice she can look.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah that could help, or even a couple of mares. One of the things that comes out of this is Dash trying to decide if she likes stallions or mares more. Or perhaps both.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rainbow dash always dresses in style :XD:

Rarity's generosity knows no bounderies! -
'course Dash wouldn't be able to say "Thank You" or anything! :roll:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just by Dash saying "I look awesome." Rarity knew that Dash was thanking her.
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