September 2nd, 2015
Here at the Warpaint office we’re gearing up for a busy day on Monday 21st September 2015 at Manchester Central as we get set for the Northern leg of our competitions 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.