The National Makeup Awards 2016 - NEC Birmingham

Having entered the NMUA Awards last year as a student I thought I would have a go as a professional this year.  There were two categories - in the morning bridal makeup with inspiration from the autumn / winter '16 Catwalks and in the afternoon an artistic makeup look based around the exceptionally talented makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis' book Art and Makeup.

 There was a really good turn out with makeup artists travelling from all over the country, from Scotland to London.  

The morning category started at 9.30 with an hour and a half to complete our looks,  To support the makeup we were also required to provide a mood board and face chart to explain the theory behind the look.  Judges walked around throughout the competition assessing technique, work space tidiness, application and overall look. Once the time was up we then had to present our models on stage in front of the judges and audience.  Judges then went off to make their decisions - not announcing the results until later in the afternoon. 

We had approximately an hours break before the afternoon category started.  The standard of makeup was exceptionally high and it was amazing to watch such professional makeup artists working to produce such fantastic work.  Lan Nguyen-Grealis is such an amazing makeup artists with amazing makeup to take inspiration from - she is also makeup artist to Paloma Faith. My entry was based around the 'Painters' section, in particular the Baroque period.  I looked at Rembrandt lighting and how that could be interpreted in modern day makeup.  I took inspiration from catwalk Baroque fashion and the ever popular highlighting and contouring trend.  I fashioned a headress from some silk flowers and good old ebay provided the rest!  My amazing model Jemima did a fantastic job and although we were not placed in this category it was such good fun to take part and a really good learning experience - watch this space for next year!!

Once the afternoon category had been judged it was time to reveal the results from the morning bridal category.  Having no expectation of being placed in my first professional competition I was completely over the moon to have been placed 2nd.  I received a certificate, medal and goody bag from Inglot which was very nice.! The winner created the most amazing Indian bridal look and was certainly a worthy winner. I would like to say a huge thank you to my friend Lisa Oakes for letting me borrow her beautiful wedding dress.  Jemima Lewis-Jones my beautiful model and my husband for chauffering us!