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Students take home First, Second and Third in Virtual Competition

15 March 2023

Three students studying Media Make-up at Retford Education Centre have placed first, second, and third in the first Warpaint Extra virtual competition of the year.

Warpaint Magazine began as a print magazine in 2003 and transitioned to a digital format in 2014. Since then, it has gained recognition and served as a platform for the most skilled MUA artists in the business. Every week, the magazine published interviews, news stories, trend editorials, events, and awards from the creative world of professional make-up artistry. 

The contest was held online and attracted entries from all across the UK. Each participant was given a total of two hours to design a look based on one of the five themes below. They were judged on their interpretation of the concept, design inspiration, and attention to detail.

  • Bodypainting: Theme – Out of this World
  • Bridal: Theme: 1920s Bride
  • Character: Theme: Panto Classics
  • Creative: Theme: Vegas Showtime
  • Fashion: Theme: Old Hollywood

Leah Launders, a Level 2 Media Makeup student, won first place in the creative category, closely followed by her fellow classmate, Saran Bowles.

Leah's makeup entry

Leah said: “This competition really brought out my confidence and made me realise that I can achieve anything if I put my mind to it. Growing up I was told to always pursue my dreams, and I have done just that. At the start of my course, I wasn’t confident with doing face painting, but this competition has helped me progress in my face painting skills. Becoming the winner of this competition is such an amazing feeling. I still can’t believe I won out of the whole of the UK.

“To whoever is thinking about doing this course, go for it and pursue your dreams. I am so glad I did. I think I would have regretted not carrying on. I want to thank everyone who helped me during my course; I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Always follow your dreams and passion.”

Saran's makeup entry

Sarah said: ” I really enjoyed the competition as it challenged me to expand my creativity. To create the look I came out with, I spent hours googling and looking through magazines, struggling to find a look I wanted to do. Until I came across a picture of a half-showgirl and half-skeleton, which inspired me to pursue my look. I wanted it to be spooky and glamorous, but also a challenge that could combine the good and bad.”

Meanwhile, Level 4 Media Make-up student Maddox Bryson scooped third place in the character category with his stunning creation.

Maddox's makeup entry

Maddox said: “I’ve had a lot of fun designing the look for the competition, and I urged myself to use techniques I was unfamiliar with, such as hair laying, to raise my skill level.”

To see a full list of the winners, please follow this link: https://www.warpaintmag.com/2023/01/24/virtual-makeup-competition-the-winners/

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