Makeup learners triumph in United Makeup Artist Expo’s competition

Makeup learners triumph in United Makeup Artist Expo’s competition

Two learners studying BA Special Effects Makeup Design for TV, Film and Theatre at the University Centre Grimsby wowed the judges during the recent United Makeup Artist Expo’s Film and TV Makeup Competition, walking away with 1st and 2nd Places.

The United Makeup Artists Expo was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, and Makeup Artists were challenged with creating a Napoleonic War character in under two hours, replicating what it would be like working on a TV or film set.

1st Place was awarded to second year learner, Jodie Strachan, who transformed her Mother into a Napoleonic Soldier with a gender swap. Twenty-year-old Jodie said:

“I got a really good reaction throughout the competition. A lot of people didn’t realise it was my Mum until she started laughing or talking. It opened a lot of doors to me, a lot of professionals were coming up and congratulating me and I’ve now got a lot of people following me and my work on social media.

“Competitions really help you to test your skills and put yourself in a situation that you are not necessarily comfortable with. It’s been a major confidence boost to win. I want to set up my own business when I finish the course.”

Jessica Shipley trained in Level 3 Media Makeup in Leeds before applying for the BA course at University Centre Grimsby and was awarded 2nd Place in the competition. Jessica said:

“There were a lot of women in the Napoleonic War so I decided to create a soldier’s wife who had been hit by shrapnel including wounds, scarring, splatters of blood and a full wig and costume. The course teaches us so many transferable skills and the tutor, Dan Tuck, is amazing, he’s taught us so much.

We learn stuff on this course that no other course in the country does. I’ve just done some work experience on The Lion King at the Bradford Alhambra and the amount of contacts I made was so valuable, the whole experience was just amazing.