Manchester Madness

June 6th, 2016

June 6th, 2016

In September we’ll be returning to Manchester Central for our second Warpaint Championships of 2016.  Welcoming brands and artists from across the country once more, join us to compete for glory and experience amongst your peers and esteemed judges.  The College Cup is making another welcome return, giving the highest-scoring college a fantastic experience to enjoy.

The new categories which we introduced at this year’s London show are back, with brand new themes to sink your teeth into.  Click here to find out how to register and read the competition pack for the full details.

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Film & TV – Britain in The Blitz

Total Time Allowed: 2hrs

Our combined category calls for a rifle through the history books.  We’re looking for your finest representation of a character from the iconic period from 1941 to 1944.  You’ll need to design and make-up an injured character, which can be male or female, and suitable costume must be sourced.  Be sure to do your research on the period, especially clothing and artillery used at the time which can be helped to shape your character’s look and injuries.

Your accompanying Mood Board that you’ll bring with you on the day will be a visual demonstration of your thought process and will illustrate your particular character and the make-up design you have chosen.  You’ll talk through your concept with our Head Judge.

Criteria For The Make-Up (60 minutes)

Compulsory Make-Up Elements: Character Make-up; At least one prosthetic piece such as nose, cheeks, black eye, etc.; Wounds/burns/bruises – Make-up FX that come from the colour palette not a piece; Recent injuries; Signs of illness; If female, the beauty has to be in accordance with the directive

Optional Make-Up Elements: Hand laid hair – beard, moustache, eyebrows; Full postiche – moustache or beard on a lace.

Criteria For The Hair (60 minutes)

Hair to be styled or wig to be applied.

This is to be treated like a proper make-up call on a movie or television set.  At the end of the allotted time the model will get into costume, just as they would in reality.  In this category, you’ll be judged on your interpretation of theme, design inspiration and attention to detail.  Wigs and hair are important, as well as the costume, but it’s your skill and creativity that will win the day here.


Runway – The 1980’s

Total Time Allowed: 2hrs

Combining fashion and editorial skills, our Runway category will see you taking inspiration from the biggest stars and trends of the decade that coloured the world.  You are tasked with creating a 1980’s extravaganza for your audience.

This category asks you to capture the essence of the runways of the world, combining styling, nails, hair and make-up.  Remember that your finished look needs to work at a distance as well as close up.  Your accompanying Mood Board will storyboard your inspiration and vision.  You’ll be talking through this with the judges to walk them through your creation.

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.

Real Beauty – The Female Boss

Total Time Allowed: 2hrs, with a break at 90mins to photograph the first look

It’s a situation many of us are faced with on a daily basis: transforming our look from daytime appropriate to evening glam with limited time and products.  This category will see you creating two looks within the two hours – 90 mins to create a stylish work look, before using just FOUR products to transform the look for a night on the town in an additional 30 mins.

Remember that the only prep you may do prior to the competition starting is nails.  You must do your hair and make-up from beginning to end in the time allotted.  This category is about creating a look for real women, not a professional model, and is judged on your ability to bring out the subject’s natural features as well as application and technique.  Style her to perfection from top to toe. Make sure you bring your Mood Board to show the inspiration for your work and a head and shoulders shot of your model as she normally looks.  Before and after shots will be compared to gauge the full effect of the final look.


Bodypainting – The United States of America

Total Time Allowed – 5hrs including 15mins break for lunch

For the first time we’re splitting our Bodypainting competition into Student and Pro levels, giving artists a fair platform to compete.  Our Bodypainting category is once again judged by two of the UK’s leading names – Jennie Roberts and Catriona Finlayson from Paintopia.

The theme is The USA and we’re 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.  For this the judges will be looking for interpretation of theme, application, uses of adornment to enhance work and technique.  Disciplines allowed: airbrush, brush and sponge combined (you may use all or any these).  Stencils are permitted, but must not be used for more than 25% of the overall design.  Nude painting is prohibited and all models must wear suitable protective underwear and nipple covers.


Photographic #InstaWarpaint – Alice in Wonderland

The latest addition to our competition categories is making a return for Manchester.  #InstaWarpaint gives you the opportunity to showcase your original photographic images.  With inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s famous text, use your imagination and creativity to produce cover-worthy shots.  Judged by the Warpaint editorial team and special guests, you’ll be marked on originality, photo composition, your interpretation of theme, use of colour, styling, model choice and overall impact.

Entry is via email only, and must be accompanied by a completed online booking form.  Cost is £25 and entries must be in colour with a minimum of 300dpi.

The deadline for receipt of entries is midnight on Friday 9th September 2016, with all entries emailed to  You can enter as many times as you wish – good luck!


Last year’s #InstaWarpaint winner – Chloe Winslade

Click here to find out how to register and read the competition pack for the full details.



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