Warpaint @ UMAE – The Judges

March 22nd, 2023

March 22nd, 2023

Ahead of our in person makeup competition at UMAE in Liverpool on Monday 27th March, we introduce the judging panel, made up of industry heavyweights.

Entries for the competition close at 10am on Friday.  Make sure you are entered! As well as the amazing experience, the incredible judging panel and the professional photo included in the entry fee, you could win a trophy, an amazing goody bag AND help your college win the College Cup.  Professionals MUAs and bodypainters are also welcome to enter.



The Bodypainting category looks to the world of high art for inspiration and you will create a design that takes this to another level. Our judges are looking for exceptional work, either brush and sponge or airbrush, combined with costume, headpiece and innovative use of props. Take inspiration from the greatest painters of all time and create your interpretation of a famous work on your model.

Emma Cammack has been working as a bodypainter for the past 30 years. Her work has been featured in editorial, advertising, television, magazines, as fine art, on packaging, as live body art installations and more. Emma was a judge on Skin Wars and Skin Wars Fresh Paint. Emma’s recent work explores empowerment, self-love and body positivity. She is a passionate advocate of the power of bodypaint to promote self-confidence. Her work on TV shows such as Naked Beach in the UK and No Body is Perfect for German TV explore this.

Cat Finlayson discovered face painting whilst teaching in zoos.  After starting her own face art business in 2000, she won UK Professional Face Painter of the Year and was 5th in the World, and then branched out into bodypainting, becoming one of the UK’s first full-time residential face painters.  Over the last few years she has also added Cricut Ambassador & Artisan to her impressive list of job titles, as she finds the machine frees her creativity and is involved in most aspects of her body art.  She placed 10th at this year’s World Body Paint World Championships, in the Brush and Sponge Paint category, painting on model Izabela Kowalewska.


Eugénie Bril is the Managing Director of top bodypainting brand Cameleon Paint and creator of Skindex Cosmetics.




The Bridal category is inspired by either traditional or modern fashion trends and you are tasked to design a dramatic look for a bride from anywhere in the world. Entrants will use their imagination and creativity that will showcase the participant’s artistic innovation and flair. Inspiration should come from the different bridal cultures from around the world which influence the styles of the fashion, makeup and hair trends of the chosen culture.

Jennifer Jane is an internationally renowned hair and makeup artist, working out of London, North Yorkshire and the Balearics, best known for her stunning bridal work.  Having started out as a model before becoming an MUA, she understands how products work in front of a camera.   Jennifer trained at The London College of Fashion and Rouge School of Makeup and is now Founder and Course Director at  The Bridal Makeup Academy.

Victoria Robinson, aka Victoria Louise Makeup Artistry, is a freelance MUA and Educator teaching the next generation of Beauty Therapists & MUAs. She has been in the Industry for 24 years and has won numerous awards for her make up skills.  Her work includes TV, Film & Theatre as well as working freelance on weddings for a number of years. She has a real passion for what she does.



Our Character category takes you on a trip to the world of Targaryen. Let your imagination fly.

Laura Phipps studied at LCF with the dream of working in TV and Film.  After graduating in 2004 she started her career in fashion and retail makeup.  She then worked the UK Independent Film circuit, teaching herself along the way.  In 2008 she studied advanced SFX with Neill Gorton and hasn’t looked back.

Along with beauty, fashion and editorial makeup, she has also worked as a wigs mistress for the RSC; prosthetics are definitely her first love.  She now teaches the subject as well as working as a designer, supervisor and key artist on large productions.  She loves seeing the new talent and passion emerging from new artists; they inspire her creativity and keep her passion alive, reminding her of what a privilege it is to do what you love.

Marshall Julius is a film critic, blogger, broadcaster and author, whose previous books include Vintage Geek and Action! The Action Movie A-Z .  His latest book, Masters of Make-up Effects, is a lively, affectionate and candid oral history of iconic make-up effects, from the artists who create and apply them, to the actors who bring them to life, written with Oscar-winning make-up effects artist Howard Berger.

Tanya Noor trained at London College of Fashion (LCF) and has been a MUA for around 30 years. She has worked in all areas of the industry including: TV, Film, Theatre and Fashion as well as teaching. She was head of the make-up department at Phantom of the Opera (the brilliant original London production) for over 20 years and was also part of the main make up team for the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies for London 2012. She has worked on many other live events including: Fashion Rocks, The Brits, The Royal Variety Performance, Comic Relief and the Olivier Awards and Most recently for TV & film on The Crown, The Great, Mission Impossible and James Bond. Tanya is deputy course leader at LCF on the BA Hons Degree course in Hair, Make Up and Prosthetics For Performance.


If you’ve always fancied yourself on Drag Race, then the Creative category is for you. The Drag Star you create should have a strong backstory and your skills with the brushes will bring their personality to the forefront, along with the costume you choose.

Lisa Anderson achieved a degree in Fine Art before studying for a Masters degree in Hair & Makeup Design Futures.  An award winning MUA, she specialises in body art and SFX make up.  Having spent four years freelancing as a manager for Estee Lauder, she is currently the Lead Lecturer in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair & Make-Up at Preston College, teaching up to Level 4 qualifications.


Franky Lehmeier has been teaching at the University of the Arts London for over 15 years, as a Specialist Teaching & Learning Technician, at Degree Level. Franky’s specialism lays in the prosthetics side of the course, which includes special effects make-up, character make-up, mould making in plaster, silicone, resin and fibre glass as well as life casting and making foam latex and silicon prosthetics appliances, to name a few.


The Fashion category pays tribute to the late great Vivienne Westwood, paying homage to the wildest fashion and makeup movement of the 20th Century.


Revered by the global pioneers in the beauty and fashion industries, Yasmin Heinz’s unique artistry is inspired by the creative spirit of London, the place she calls home.  With her work gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Vanity Fair among many publications, Yasmin has collaborated on the international stage with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dior and Vivienne Westwood.  She has also worked with supermodels Alex Wek, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Elle McPherson.  Her latest book, in English, is the visually opulent coffee table beauty and art book Elements – The Art Of Make-Up displays Yasmin’s breath-taking work, using the human face as her canvas.

Miki Evue is an educator, experienced MUA, and the founder and director of Shelen.  Miki has a passion for education, empowerment and the world of artistry; she is HE & Head of Department, Higher Education & Professional University Centre FutureSkills (Salford Uni & Salford City College) and FDA & BA Make-up Artistry Lecturer.  Miki is also Vice Chairperson for Khaya Foundation – a charity that provides practical solutions to ensure children have access to an education irrespective of their circumstances.


Want to enter this competition?  All details are here – don’t wait too long, registration closes at 10am Friday 24th March.



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