September 17th, 2018
Our favourite time of year is back, and kicking off the Warpaint Championships this year is Dublin with Professional Beauty Ireland on Monday 8th October. With four stunning categories to choose from, compete against your peers and show off your talents at RDS Dublin. The deadline for online entry is 10am on Thursday 4th October, and the four categories will be taking place at the same time. The event ends with a spectacular parade and the awards ceremony, so you’re sure to go home with a day to remember. The categories are as follows:
Film & TV: Cyberpunk
Two hours will be allowed for this category for both pros and students: 10:30 – 12:30.
Delve into the fascinating world of cyberpunk, a subcategory of sci-fi that has captivated audiences for generations. Amongst other things, the judges will be looking for use of a prosthetic piece, a full postiche, and full character makeup – full specifications can be found in the competition packs: here for pros and here for students. A suitable costume must also be sourced, and you’ll be judged on your interpretation of theme, design inspiration, and attention to detail.
Runway: The Legacy of Gianni Versace
You’ll have two hours for this category for both pros and students: 10:30 – 12:30.
The iconic house of Versace has changed the way we think of fashion since the 1970s, combining luxurious classicism with overt sexuality. The judges in this category will be looking for the essence of Gianni Versace’s uniquely intricate styling, blending nails, hair, and makeup to create a look that is as striking from a distance as it is up close. You should also choose clothing that reflects and showcases your design. Full details can be found here for pros and here for students.
Real Beauty: Festival Looks
Two hours will be allowed to create two looks, with a break for photography: 10:30 – 12:00 you’ll have 90 minutes for the daytime look; 12:00 – 12:30 there will be a break for photography; and 12:30 – 13:00 you’ll have 30 minutes to transform your look for nighttime.
Festival makeup has grown to become a huge deal in recent years, and this category is focused on creating a look for real women rather than professional models, so the judges will be looking at your ability to bring out her natural features, as well as your application and technique. You’ll be judged on your ability to bring out the potential of your subject, as well as your ability to create a flawless, age-appropriate look. Your model can be any age over 16, and you should select products that work for her skin tone, eye shape, and face shape. For the nighttime transformation, you’re allowed only four items to work with, aside from your brushes: one hair item and three makeup items. For full details see here for pros and here for students.
Bodypainting: Day of the Dead
Pros will have five hours to create a full-body look, from 9:50 – 14:30, with a compulsory 30 minute break at 12:00.
Students will have four hours to paint only the upper body, from 9:30 – 14:00, with a compulsory 30 minute break at 12:00.
Famously spectacular, Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations are famed for their detail, and this year’s category expects big things from applicants. Judges will be looking at interpretation of the theme, application, use of adornment to enhance the work, as well as marking the design for the face. You may use all or any of airbrush, brush, or sponge, and may use stencils but only for 25% or less of the design. Whilst the judges will be more than happy to see feathers and cosmetic glitters used, there is a comprehensive list of things which are compulsory, allowed, and forbidden, which can be found here for pros and here for students.
All the categories are open to both professionals and students. The entry prices are €25 for pros, and €10 for students before the deadline, which is 10am on Thursday 4th October. You can find all the competitor packs, timetables, and details on how to enter here.