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Professional Beauty Warpaint Judge

Hi Beauty Lovers,

Hope you are keeping well. This has been a fantastic year so far and I feel like it is just whizzing by! It has seen me travelling alot over and back from London a few times as well as Marbella! In February one of my trips was for the Professional Beauty Awards, I was a finalist for the Make-up Professional of the Year UK & Ireland. I will tell you more about that next time. While I was in London, they asked me to be a floor judge for the Warpaint Professional Beauty London Competition with fellow make-up artists Gary Cockerill and Paul James Merchant. Gary is the Warpaint Ambassador and organised the whole makeup competition as well as the criteria for judging.

Behind the Scenes

He needs no introduction, but incase you don’t know who Gary is, I will give you a brief history. He is one of Britain’s most successful and high profile make-up artists, probably best known for working with Katie Price. However over the past 15 years Gary has beautified tons of famous faces including Daryl Hannah, Angelica Houston, Cat Deeley, Helen Mirren and Denise Van Outen to name a few. He is a bit of a celebrity himself, touted as being one of the most followed make-up artists on twitter at 82, 634 followers. He has also appeared in many television shows as a beauty expert.

The other judge was  Paul James Merchant, who started his make-up career in 2006 working for  Kryolan at Charles Fox in Covent Garden. He has done everything from Theatre to Fashion, Beauty to Body Painting. Some of his credits include working all over the world for Kryolan, Xfactor, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live 2011 and
America’s Next Top Model Live 2012.

Behind the scenes professional beauty

I was honored and delighted to join the very respected team of Judges to help pick the winner for the Illusion Category. It was a hard decision in the end, because everyone had brought their A game. In my mind there were two main contenders in terms of design and application. This beautiful tree creature below looked fantastic in person, the photos really don’t do it any justice. The detail was fantastic with little mushrooms and butterflies attached.

Professional Beauty Competition

This Frankenstein creature was absolutely astounding and deservedly won the competition in the end. I think that it is brilliant that they custom made all the prosthetics. They did a mammoth amount of work on the day too including applying the prosthetics, full bodypainting, with airbrush detailing and if that wasn’t enough she also hand laid the hair on his head!


It  was great to be on the other side of the competition to see the debate and agony that go through judging a competition. Also showed me that it can be really close in marks and anything can win or lose it on the day. Here is a video that Gary and his team put together about the whole competition that I thought you would like.

What do you think? Have you entered any competitions? How did you get on?

Talk to you soon, lots of love


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