UMAE 2022: Warpaint Competition Winners

May 4th, 2022

May 4th, 2022

On Monday 25th May United Makeup Artists Expo (UMAE) hosted our first live, in person, Warpaint make up competition in over two years.  Taking place in Liverpool, we welcomed a high volume of contestants from a range of colleges.

Emma Rutherford, Warpaint’s Editorial Director, hosted the competition, and gathered a collection of industry experts to judge the looks the students designed and created.  Students competed in Bodypainting – themed “all the world’s a stage”, Creative – themed “sacred spaces”, Fashion – themed “geometry”, Character – themed “the Marvel universe” and Bridal – themed “international bride”.

The judges were impressed by the high standard, making it a tough decision to choose the winning looks.


However, the winners of the 2022 UMAE Warpaint Make-Up Competition were:

Bodypainting judged by Cat Finlayson and Nick Wolfe.  This was definitely the hardest fought category, with very little to choose between these two entries.

Winner – Brooke Jones, UCEN, model Teri Aspinall.

Highly Commended – Hanna Host, University College Birmingham, model Karmen Bezinovic.


Character judged by Laura Phipps and Amanda Gaffney

Winner – Anna Formela, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (She Hulk), modelled by the artist.

Highly Commended – Alice Askew, University College Birmingham (Venom), model Leia Bailey.

Highly Commended – Melissa Wortley, University College Birmingham (Loki), model Matt Wingfield.


Bridal judged by Armand Beasley and Tally Bookbinder

Winner – Sonia Aghahowa, City of Liverpool, model Princess Ogugu.


Creative judged by Kate Monroe and Miki Evue

Winner – Faye Smith, Preston College, model Olivia Smith.


Fashion judged by Cassie Lomas and James MacInerney

Winner – Erin Livermore, Preston College, model Aimee Hale.

Highly Commended – Daisy Ashton, Riverside College, model Georgia Lily Roban Powell.

Highly Commended – Millie Rudge, University College Birmingham, model Mary Thacker.


Photographs by Graham Cann, The Glass Factory. Professional photos can be purchased direct from Graham.

Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to seeing what you achieve in the industry as you move forward.  A massive thank you to all the competitors and the tutors who supported them.  It was fabulous to see you all after so long away.

Thanks also to our judges, and to Tilt Professional Makeup, PAM, Square Peg Studios, Northern Lashes and Bath Academy of Media Makeup for providing the prizes for the winners.  We are also grateful to the team at UMAE for hosting us and providing such a great venue.  See you all next year!


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