Calling all MUAs

September 24th, 2013

September 24th, 2013

Professional Beauty North at Manchester Central is the place to be on Monday 14th October 2013 as Warpaint hosts an incredible make-up competition that sees the winners of each category compete for the title of Emerging Make-up Artist 2013 at the Clothes Show Live in December.

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Four categories have been devised to best demonstrate the diverse talent of the UK’s MUAs.

Special FX


Theme – Out Of This World

Entry to this category is the opportunity to showcase the talent and originality to create a fully-finished look encompassing the entire model, not simply the face.  Judging categories are: Interpretation, Design, Technique of Application, Colour and Overall Presentation. Consideration is also given for: Body Art, Prosthetics, Hair and Wigs, Costume and Styling, as well as Airbrushing and Freehand Techniques.

Special FX is judged by Mike Peel, freelance special effects artist and artistic director of Rogue Creations SFX.  Over the years Mike has worked for many of the top effects companies in the UK with credits on The Descent, Harry Potter, V for Vendetta, Casino Royale, Evil Aliens and many more.  Based in Buckinghamshire, Rogue Creations SFX was established 5 years ago and has been involved in creating all manner of special effects, make-up and prosthetics, creatures, props, models and sets for the film, TV and entertainment industry.  Most recently Mike was make-up FX supervisor on Knight of the Dead  with other credits including The Zombie King, providing blood and gore FX for a music video for  the band Axewound, creepy puppets for the British anthology horror Three’s a Shroud, as well as prosthetics and props for Arkham Sanitarium, an anthology project based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft.  Amongst the film work, Mike also writes an FX column for the UK mag Shock Horror Magazine, is a tutor for Raindance and a teacher of make-up effects.

Mike Peel


Theme – Autumn/Winter 2013 Catwalk Trends


Put your own spin on the latest runway looks and create a trend that appeals to both Fashionistas and the High Street.  Take your influence from one of the Autumn/Winter 2013 trends, adding your own new and innovative twist.  Your accompanying Mood Board that you’ll bring with you on the day will storyboard your inspiration and vision.  You’ll be talking through this with the judges to walk them through your creation.  Accessorise your look with lashes, beads, sequins and work in harmony with the professional range of products in your Pro MU kit.  Let colour and creativity take the lead.  You’ll be judged on the visual impact from a distance, so think about audience reaction to your work.  Create a theme that can run through an entire collection, not simply one outfit.   Clearly demonstrate your signature style.  Understand the impact of flash photography on your finished creation.  Choose your model to reflect the catwalk category.  Both male and female models are permitted.  Style your model to complete your look, with carefully sourced clothing and great looking hair to reflect your creation.

Hermes MUA Sonia Brennan heads up the judges for this category.  Sonia is accomplished in all aspects of fashion hair and makeup.  Her portfolio of work has been used for commercials and advertisements and she has an impressive client list from top fashion houses to celebrities.  Sonia’s signature look is natural-looking make-up, which has been showcased over a five year period working with Hermes the Paris Fashion House as the sole MUA for their fashion shows.



Theme – Winter Wonderland


Create the perfect editorial photographic look without Photoshop anywhere to be seen, the illusion of retouching using only your Pro MU skills.  This shows the artist in its truest form and challenges even the most experienced of professionals.  The devil is in the detail: application techniques, finish and final scrutiny are the key attributes here.  In this category, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – your look need not reflect conventional beauty, it’s more important to withstand the scrutiny of close examination.  You can also incorporate body art.  Show skills in blending and contouring, creating the illusion of perfect skin.  Let HD make-up and airbrushing come in to their own.  Demonstrate that less is often more.  Choose your model wisely in terms of hair, skin and teeth.  The final make-up will be photographed live as part of the judging process.

Collette Casey is the Judge in charge Edit.  Collette has been part of the hair and make-up industry for over a decade.  During this time she has gleaned vast experience over a wide range of industry aspects, concentrating mainly on photographic and advertising.  Over the years Collette has worked with many high profile clients from Nike to John Lewis, and numerous celebrities from David Beckham to the cast of Coronation Street and Emmerdale.  Her work has appeared on the covers of many national magazines (FHM, Hello, OK!) and you would also have seen her work on the red carpet.  Her most recent ventures include teaching up and coming make-up artists at the CassieLomasMakeupAcademy.

Collette Casey

Real Beauty

Theme – Hollywood Glamour


Create confidence that lasts – use real women, not professional models – and make her look and feel like a Hollywood A-Lister.  Any age of model is permitted over the age of 16.  Create a flawless, age-appropriate look, selecting products that work for her skin tone, eye and face shape.  Application is key to produce a flawless finish that stands up to the flashbulbs of the world’s media.  Style your model to reflect the Red Carpet nature of the movie industry.  Sleek, flawless hair enhances the beauty of the occasion. You’ll be judged on your ability to bring out the potential of your subject, as well as your skills in application and technique.  ‘Before’ and ‘After’ shots will be compared to gauge the full effect of the final look.

This category is judged by Armand Beasley.  Most recently seen on Celebrity Super Spa, Armand has been extensively trained in skincare, make-up and fragrance with many major cosmetic companies.  He has written and contributed to beauty columns in publications such as The Telegraph, Now, Closer, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Asiana.  His celebrity clients include Natasha Hamilton, Catherine Tyldsley, Lesley Garrett Michelle Keegan, Shobna Gulati, Goldie Hawn, Daryl Hannah, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jacqueline Gold, Angela Griffin, Helen Flanagan, Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Sharon Stone and Jane Seymour, which shows the versatility of his approach.  Armand has worked internationally in his capacity as a make-up artist, from exotic photo shoots in Barbados and Morocco, to the Oscars and BAFTAs.  As a beauty expert and makeup artist he has worked on TV shows such as LK Today for GMTV, How To Look Good Naked, Living TV’s Changing Faces, True Cost Of Beauty (Tonight Show) and FakeOver for Discovery Channel.

Armand Beasley



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3 responses to “Calling all MUAs”

  1. Lisa fletcher says:

    How do I enter into the war paint competition? Lisa x

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