Northern Quarter

August 18th, 2015

August 18th, 2015


It’s just over a month to go before the Professional Beauty Exhibition makes the annual journey to Manchester for our Northern sister show, Professional Beauty North and things are really hotting up on the make-up front for visitors.  Sunday September 20th and Monday 21st sees Manchester Central become beauty central with a packed 2 day show covering every aspect of the professional beauty market.


For pro and aspiring make-up artists, there’s plenty to see and do, from a show-stopping competition to a dedicated Warpaint Live Stage, a first for the northern show.  Following on from the resounding success of our Live Stage at the London event in February, Warpaint will bring a variety of make-up demos to the show floor.

Hosted by the talented Armand Beasley, a native to the North West, and a hugely respected MUA in his own right, Armand will take visitors through a journey of make-up skills and techniques from a fantastic line up of speakers.

Sunday sees Gemma Horner, Kryolan’s rising star, showcase the very latest in airbrush technology with the brand’s brand new Nebula system.  Definitely not to be missed, Gemma kicks off proceedings by creating some stunning looks from one of the biggest names in the pro make-up market.

Next up, Warpaint is delighted to welcome the incredibly creative Gary Cockerill who will be launching his brand new book, Simply Glamorous at the show.  Gary will be creating some of the looks, so visitors can see first-hand the stunning make-ups straight off the pages, and will be available to sign his book on his stand at key times over the two days.

Our afternoon session sees the incredible work of the Paintopia Bodypainting Festival founders, Jennie Roberts and Catriona Finlayson, come to life in from of our eyes as they paint a fairytale theme, whilst talking through tips and techniques for budding body artists.

Monday’s stage programme begins with ArtDeco’s Macedonio Bezerra, the brand’s Ambassador in over 70 territories.  An intuitive MUA, he’ll be exploring Arctic Beauty and creating a look inspired by the beauty of a glistening icy world.  Kryolan’s Victoria Lee takes to the stage to demonstrate the invaluable skill of camouflage make-up next.  Often a life saver, Kryolan’s Dermacolor camouflage range is trusted by scar and birth mark sufferers worldwide.  We finish with a flourish on Monday afternoon with Airbase’s very own Terry Turner going for all out Fantasy art using the latest from Airbase Aqua Airbrush paints.


Click here for more information on the Warpaint Live Stage.

Monday in Manchester also sees the bustling Warpaint Competition with five categories, and 100s of competitors and models working hard to impress our team of judges, all leading MUAs in their fields.

Armand Beasley heads up Real Beauty and the theme is Day to Night – 1 model, 2 looks, 3 hours, 4 key products.  This category is about creating a look for real women, not a professional model, and is judged on the ability to bring out the subject’s natural features, as well as application and technique.  The theme this year allows entrants to showcase transformation techniques and, for the first time, Real Beauty will require two looks in the allotted time.  The first look is for daytime and there are 90 minutes for this, after which the model will be photographed and then competitors transform the make-up to an evening version.  For the evening transformation, only four items are permitted, apart from brushes – one item hair (e.g. a pin, a grip, a decorative accessory, etc.) and three make-up items (e.g. lipstick, eyeliner, blush, mascara, shadow, etc.).

Gary Cockerill takes to the competition floor to head up our Edit category and the theme is The Lure of Luxe.  The make-up for our Edit category needs to stand up to scrutiny, which is why we take close up editorial shots of each and every entry.  This year the story is The Lure of Luxe and we want to see make-up and styling that encompasses luxury and opulence.  It’s important to show us how your story has developed and so a tear sheet of your inspiration will be required to be presented.  Application techniques, finish and final scrutiny are the key attributes here, make-up and airbrushing come into their own.  In this category, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – the look need not reflect conventional beauty, it’s more important to withstand the scrutiny of close examination.

The uber-talented Paintopia girls, Jennie Roberts and Catriona Finlayson, head up our Bodypainting category, with the theme of Fairytales.  Our dedicated Bodypainting category proved such a success at our London show that it travels North, and the judges are looking for exceptional work, either brush and sponge or airbrush, combined with costume, headpiece and innovative use of props.  Again an inspiration board is required to be presented.

SFX is the domain of multi-disciplinary Hannah Wing.  The theme is Hallowe’en and in this category competitors will be judged on interpretation of theme, design inspiration and application of appliances.  Wigs and headpieces are important, as well as the costume, but it’s skill and creativity that will win the day here.

Fashion’s theme is Street Style.  Street Style is associated with youth culture and has emerged not from the studios, but from the grassroots, and we want competitors to give us their interpretation of one of the major trends.  Whether it’s Teddy Boys, Rockers, Rastas, Hippies, Punks, Skinheads, Goths, Hipsters, Preppy, Hip Hop, Greasers, Tumblr or Boho, make-up needs to be bold and dynamic with clothes that complement and make a statement.

Keeping a scrupulous eye over all the competitors, models and rules are our fantastic floors judges, Chloe Gamblin, Sarah Goodall and Vikki Muse from Sparkle Box Studios.


For more info and to enter the Warpaint Competition at Professional Beauty North click here.









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