Back in August, I entered the Professional Beauty Awards’ Makeup Professional of the Year category. To enter, I had to send off some examples of my work and complete the application describing my work and business plans. I was very excited when I discovered that I made it through to the final!
For the final stage, I was invited along with five other makeup artists to the London School of Beauty & Make-up to create a look and an interview with the judges. We were asked to design a 1920’s cocktail party look. To prepare, I created a mood board featuring colours, shapes, textures and inspirational images of the era.
Alongside my mood board, I created a research folder of the 1920’s makeup trends, the leading Starlets of the era that influenced the way women wore their make-up and also modern looks influenced by the time. I included a face chart of my design. I decided I wanted to create a modern inspired 20’s look, that was wearable and current. As the 1920’s look was so strong and defined, it can be quite difficult to wear. The structure of the look is very different to how women apply their make-up today. For example, brows were worn extremely thin and drawn on. Today, it is much more preferred for women to wear a fuller brow. I wanted to combine the two eras so I chose to use the tones and colours of the 20’s with the more natural shapes of today.
We were only given our model on the day so we had to tailor our design to the model we were given. My model was really lovely and a joy to work on. We had three judges walk around watching us work and asking us questions. After we had completed the make-up look, we had to leave the room and another three judges came and looked at the finished results. Once the judging was complete, we had an interview infront of a panel of judges, including celebrity make-up artist, Gary Cockerill.
Now all I have to do is wait and see how I got on, as the results are not revealed until February! Professional Beauty are holding a large awards ceremony in London, which I will be attending along with the other finalists. It really was a great experience to be involved with and all the other finalists were so friendly. Fingers crossed!