Make up students take 1st place at Professional Beauty North

Two make up students are celebrating after taking first prize in their categories at the North Warpaint Make Up Championships at Professional Beauty North this month.

Taylor Pringle and Charlotte Simmons are amongst fifteen students from Hugh Baird College who entered the competition after starting their course just a few weeks earlier. They are all studying towards the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Media Make Up Artistry and were encouraged to enter the competition by their lecturer, Bobbie Jarvis.

Bobbie explained:

“Most of the students had progressed from last year’s Level 2 course to specialise on the Media Make Up Artistry route and this was a fantastic way for them to begin the term. Although we take a group of students to Professional Beauty North each year, this is the first time we’ve entered the competitions. With competitors taking part from Colleges across the region, the standards were extremely high, so we’re very proud of Taylor and Charlotte for placing first in their categories.”

Taylor’s win was in the Real Beauty class where the brief was to create two head to toe looks for The Female Boss, transforming her ‘From Desk to Dinner’. For Charlotte’s category, Runway, the theme was to take inspiration from the trends of the 1980’s to create a catwalk extravaganza.

Charlotte said:

“We had to put together a mood board to show judges where we were taking our inspiration from but that was the only preparation we were allowed to do in advance. In my category, we had two hours to complete the whole look so it was good practice for working to a strict timeframe which is something we’ll have to do when we’re working in the industry.”

Taylor added:

“I was quite nervous on the day but really enjoyed the experience and would definitely like to do more competitions. Taking first place has boosted my confidence, especially seeing the standard of the other entries.”

The judges looked closely at the skills, technique and execution of the entries as well as how closely they had followed the brief so the event gave the students an important insight into the quality and standards expected throughout the industry they’ll be joining.

As well as entering the competitions, the students had a chance to browse the Professional Beauty North exhibition which brings together more than five hundred beauty brands. They were able to see the latest new product launches and gather lots of hints and tips from industry experts.

If you are interested in a career in the make up industry, why not take a look at the courses we can offer here, or come along to our Open Evening on 6th October to find out more.

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