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Halloween Makeup Contest 2017- Fantasy & Sci-fi Category

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Category: Gore Makeup

Judge: Azzi Williams

Here’s what Azzi was looking for:

  • Creativity: I want to see something truly unique that shows you as a true, innovative artist that is not afraid to push your creative boundaries. Outstanding hair, costume styling and accessories need to all work together with your makeup artistry to create an overall visually stunning look.
  • Skill: Technique in sci-fi and fantasy is a must to really bring the look to life, so I’m looking for detailed brushwork, killer contouring and blending, plus the ability to demonstrate how to use high-pigmented products and textures.

  • Photo quality: If you want your work to get noticed and taken seriously, photos need to be high resolution, clear, detailed and beautifully lit. Creative or even plain backgrounds work, you can even experiment with fabrics or wrapping paper textures until you find the perfect way to celebrate your look.
  • Nothing blurred, out of focus or with poorly thought-out backgrounds (certainly no bedroom clutter in the background. And less is more with skin retouching and photoshop – and yes, I will be able to tell!

  • Fun: I want to see the joy, magic and fantasy in your overall look, and outstanding artistry that simply jumps out of the page in its Halloween glory!
  • Final note: All the best with your exciting creative makeup journey ahead and have loads of fun creating your look! Finally, GOOD LUCK! 🙂

Fantasy & Sci-fi Scoring:

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Ashley Sloan Makeup Artist

Artist: Ashley Sloan

  • Creativity: 8/10
  • Skill: 9/10
  • Photo Quality: 9/10
  • Fun: 9/10
  • Total: 35/40

Comments: Creative, intense pigments and incredibly artistic. Immense effort to create a truly unique look. Would have loved to see a little more intensity around the eye makeup to take the look to a more dramatic edge, perhaps with a false lash or shimmer for extra dimension. Also think about the hair when submitting a look – perhaps add a wig or style for extra effect.

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Brooke Forget Makeup Artist

Artist: Brooke Forget

  • Creativity: 9/10
  • Skill: 10/10
  • Photo Quality: 10/10
  • Fun: 8/10
  • Total: 37/40

Comments:Intense, creative and haunting, beautiful recreation of a look that is currently a social media favourite amongst makeup lovers. Although it’s not a unique concept, it has been executed beautifully and shows tremendous skill and talent.

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Heather Warner Makeup Artist

Artist: Heather Warner

  • Creativity: 8/10
  • Skill: 9/10
  • Photo Quality: 10/10
  • Fun: 9/10
  • Total: 36/40

Comments: A popular look this season with the launch of IT, this look is beautifully intense and photographs with energy and punch. While it is not a unique design concept, the pigment and application is bold and haunting.

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Tyler Russell Makeup Artist

Artist: Tyler Russell

  • Creativity: 9/10
  • Skill: 9/10
  • Photo Quality: 10/10
  • Fun: 10/10
  • Total: 38/40

Comments: A wonderful bold and creative effort. The neon intensity of the pigment used stands out and the artistic merit is incredible. Would have liked to see the hair come together with the makeup – perhaps a wig or a style that is consistent with this epic pop zombie look.

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Brittany Bullers Makeup Artist

Artist: Brittany Bullers

  • Creativity: 10/10
  • Skill: 9/10
  • Photo Quality: 10/10
  • Fun: 10/10
  • Total: 39/40

Comments: The whole look is cohesive, fun, creative and vibrant. A pop-art take to a classic Halloween look. The black detailed work could be sharper and more defined, but otherwise a vibrant and energetic adaptation.

Congratulations Brittany for winning the 2017 QC Halloween Makeup Contest with your creative pop-art zombie look!

Brittany wins an Anastasia Beverly Hills’ “Lip Palette Vol. 1”, a RCMA’s “Shinto Palette”, and a Stilazzi’s artist caddy bag!

Thank you to all the artists who submitted entries for the contest! And to the 5 finalists, you should all be very proud of your work. Have a Happy Halloween everyone and once again, congratulations Brittany for winning the 2017 QC Halloween Contest, Fantasy & Sci-fi category!

Halloween Makeup Contest 2017- Gore Category

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Category: Gore Makeup

Judge: Nathan Johnson

Note from Nathan:

I want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all who entered our Halloween makeup contest. I can say with certainty that these are among the best entries we have ever had. It was impossibly hard for the voters and the team at QC to narrow it down to a top 5. The winner was selected entirely by using the criteria that was listed at the outset of the competition. Remember, for the purpose of this contest, story is just as important as application. I would like to say it was too difficult for me to choose the winner on my own and I had to enlist the help of the team at QC. What some made up for in application, others made up for in story or other criteria, and all of those elements had equal weight in this contest.

Here’s what Nathan was looking for:

  • Realism: Does the make up look realistic? Whether you make a woodland fairy who was smashed on a car windshield, or a demon who lost an epic battle against the powers of good, you want to make sure that the characters and their wounds and gore read as realistic.
  • Combination of skills: Major points will be given to those who go out of their way use a great combination of skills. Yes, anyone one can do a black eye, but how much more fascinating is it to have that black eye be combined with an piece of metal impaled through the chest of a killer clown?! Challenge yourself to use the full arsenal of your skills, beauty and FX, to create something really amazing.
  • Difficulty and skill of application: If you can artfully pull off more difficult and complex techniques, you are more likely to get higher points. So practice getting perfectly smooth edges on your prosthetics and making sure the coloration of all the wounds are realistic. Also, if you create a very complex character like a killer clown who has been injured, or a zombie whose flesh is tearing away, or a nymph who barely survived an attack by a werewolf, you’ll get far more points than someone who does a black eye and a cut on the cheek.
  • Originality: Be sure to create your character from your imagination. Every year, many people recycle the good old favorites that have been made popular by YouTube and Instagram (e.g. the skin peeling away to reveal the cyborg below, the person who was wounded in a fire, etc.). I am not suggesting you don’t use burns or a cyborg reveal, but what if the cyborg is under an elf or a wooden marionette? What if the one who survived the burn is a fairy who escaped a forest fire? Use your imagination.
  • The story: I want to read a few lines that tell the tale of your character. Not what you did, but who it is, what happened, etc. Include your in the “description” box in the entry form below.
  • Final look: This comes down to clear photography, use of props, costumes, and setting. Bring it to life baby!

Gore Scoring:

QC Makeup Academy Contest- Charley Arnold Makeup Artist

Artist: Charley Arnold

  • Realism: 8/10
  • Combination of Skills: 9/10
  • Difficulty & Skill of Application: 8/10
  • Originality: 10/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Final Look: 10/10
  • Total: 52/60

Comments: This is a stunning image. It is made even more impactful by the fact that you know the story before you even read the description. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, the photography, model, artistry, and art direction all align to tell a powerful tale. The prosthetic use is lovely, the edges may not be perfectly blended, but the use of blood helps them to fade into the skin.

If I were to make two recommendations, they would be about the size of the wound and the use of blood. The holes in the back seem a bit too large for an area around a sawn off wing. I think the image might be a bit more powerful and realistic if the holes ended quite a bit closer to the “bone” of the wing and were a bit asymmetrical. Because the holes are so big, there would need to be far more blood running down the back, versus just being smeared to hide the prosthetic edges. To take your work a step further, I recommend practicing flawless edges for your prosthetics, even if they are self-made. Blood and bruising are tools to enhance a look, not to hide minor application weaknesses. I do want to commend you on the use of color. Your care with highlight and shadow in the wound gives it a beautiful dimension. As I said above, a picture is worth a thousand words, but I would have appreciated a bit more story. Who cut off her wings and why? The quote is good, but the story is lacking. Excellent work.


QC Makeup Academy Contest- Elena Maraniello Makeup Artist

Artist: Elena Maraniello

  • Realism: 8/10
  • Combination of Skills: 9/10
  • Difficulty & Skill of Application: 8/10
  • Originality: 9/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Final Look: 10/10
  • Total: 51/60

Comments: This is a beautiful example of storytelling through imagery. Before I even read your description, it was clear to me that these were demon twins and that you were a filmmaker. But the rest of the story is lacking. Who are these demon twins? Where did they come from? What do they want? Even answering one of those questions would have satisfied the request for your characters’ story.

The makeup is really quite excellent. I appreciate the small details– the holes where the twine pierces the lip are perfect on the photo-right model. You created depth and incredible realism. If I were to offer some suggestions, I would say the bruising/darkness below the eye could be a bit closer to the eye. When you start to put color everywhere or pull it down too far, you can detract from the image. In this case, because there is a lighter area above the half moon of darkness, it makes it look a bit like a dark circle that was placed too low. Additionally, the edges of the cross on the forehead could be a touch smoother. If you used “Third Degree” makeup, it looks a bit like it might have dried before you could really perfect the edges. Again, the photo-right model has smoother edges than the photo-left model. These are just small micro-adjustments on a beautiful application.


QC Makeup Academy Contest- Jeimaliz Troche Makeup Artist

Artist: Jeimaliz Troche

  • Realism: 9/10
  • Combination of Skills: 9/10
  • Difficulty & Skill of Application: 8/10
  • Originality: 9/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Final Look: 8/10
  • Total: 50/60

Comments: For a first go, you have done some very compelling and graphic work. The roasted flesh peeling away from the arm is disgusting and in many places quite realistic. You would benefit a bit from the use of black. If someone was burned so bad that their flesh was literally hanging off, some of it would most certainly be charred.

There would also be a good amount of soot and smoke residue on the fingers and surrounding skin. The third and fourth degree burns are quite wonderful, I would just work a bit on the second and third degree. Instead of just putting a wash of maroon over the pinky edge of the hand (and on the fingers), use a gentler wash of red with a few blisters (maybe even some that have popped. This can easily be done with “third degree” silicone and latex). Then by letting the red fade gradually, you’ll have all the varying levels of a burn, and it will enhance the realism. The burn on the pinky itself is magnificent. This is beautiful work, and with a little bit more finesse, some picture quality, and a story, it could have been the winner. I cannot wait to see what you create for the next contest.


QC Makeup Academy Contest- Tamikah Rivette Makeup Artist

Artist: Tamikah Rivette

  • Realism: 7/10
  • Combination of Skills: 8/10
  • Difficulty & Skill of Application: 8/10
  • Originality: 10/10
  • Story: 10/10
  • Final Look: 9/10
  • Total: 52/60

Comments: When it comes to originality, no one has you beat. You are also the only one who truly committed to a story. I want you to know how much I appreciate that. The complexion, the detailed work below and above the eye, the flesh tone eyelashes, and the freckles are absolute perfection. I am also crazy about the textured forehead. I’m not just speaking of the use of twine (for the veins?), but rather the texture of the head itself.

I wish some of this uneven texture, as well as the veins, reappeared elsewhere– perhaps on the shoulders, lower jaw, or chest. I can only find two minor things to point out. First, the area below and around the ear looks like it is peeling away, as do some of the veins. Secondly, a part of me would have appreciated it if there was a touch less blood. Sometimes when you create a very powerful image, a touch of editing will make it even more thrilling. A tiny trickle of blood running from her ear can be far more powerful than a bath of it. I learned from the QC team that you submitted this entry for the other category, and they rightly moved you to gore based on the amount of blood. I think this could have worked in either category, had you been a bit more restrained with your use of blood. Remember, our job as artists is to enhance a character, and allow its story to be told. When one is too aggressive on one element, it can overwhelm and detract from the rest of the look.


QC Makeup Academy Contest- Halie Holley Makeup Artist

Artist: Halie Holley

  • Realism: 8/10
  • Combination of Skills: 10/10
  • Difficulty & Skill of Application: 9/10
  • Originality: 9/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Final Look: 10/10
  • Total: 53/60

Comments: There is an old saying “the devil is in the details”, and I think you really took that to heart here. There are a lot to love here, but I think my favorite part of the makeup is the bite on the shoulder. It has depth, it is graphic, and in my imagination, it is likely where she first got bit causing her zombie transformation! I really love the texture and details on the face.

The scaled effect of the skin is innovative. You have completely distorted the features using a combination of techniques. And very impressively, all the edges are invisible. Yes, some may be hidden by the hair, but in the mask of the face, the application is flawless and that is where it matters the most. The rotting nose is glorious. The one thing that confuses me is why has the mouth sealed itself shut? Perhaps if you told me a bit of a story… for example, she was doused in battery acid by someone trying to escape her clutch, etc. Also, consider the blood. If someone has gone so far as to rot, they would most likely not have any relatively fresh blood below the eye. Blood flow is a sign of life or recent death. You could argue that that blood is from biting and consuming her victims, but I would counter by pointing out that her mouth is melted shut. The flawless application, diverse use of techniques, and the overall professionalism send this look to the top. For higher points, next time use your story to explain the application choices. Very impressive work. Beautiful image. Congratulations.


Thank you again to all who entered. It was a delight to see your beautiful work.

– Nathan

Congratulations Halie for winning the 2017 QC Halloween Makeup Contest with your creative pop-art zombie look!

Halie wins a Ben Nye’s “Primary Creme Palette”, an Esum’s “Pro Palettes & Spatula”, a set of 5 latex prosthetics, two Graftobian creme foundations, liquid and gel blood, and a stipple sponge.

Have a Happy Halloween everyone and once again, congratulations Halie for winning the 2017 QC Halloween Contest, Gore category!

WINNERS REVEALED: Fashion Week Makeup Contest

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It’s time to announce the winners of our Fashion Week Makeup Contest!

But first, we would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to all our participants, the semi-finalists, finalists, and our judge!

This year, our fabulous judge, Nathan Johnson, created a personalized scorecard for each finalist to determine the winner.

Judge: Nathan Johnson

Designing for the Runway is an AMAZING opportunity. This is a moment to create a look that will impact trends around the world for years to come. I want to congratulate everyone who participat-ed. There was a lot of amazing work here and it was very difficult to choose the finalists. I do want to let you know, that finalists were not chosen by popular vote alone (as Facebook can be a popu-larity contest based on number of followers, etc). My input was also used to choose these finalists, so have no fear about the fairness. And when it comes to the winner, it was chosen exclusively by me and my dear friend Ms. Leanne Marshall. And, not once, did we check to see how many likes any of the images received. I will be including some comments from her with some of the finalists. The decision for the winner was chosen entirely based on the criteria I listed and whether or not the look could actually be used at a Leanne Marshall NYFW show!

Here’s what Nathan was looking for:

  • Face chart: A face chart that is clear and representative of the look. Feel free to make notes in it explaining your choices if you desire.
  • Creativity: A creative look that complements the collection. Think outside the box and create something wonderful and new. NYFW is where trends in hair and makeup are born, so make some magic.
  • Application: Precise application. Remember, this is the global stage for fashion and beauty, so your application should be perfect and symmetrical (unless your look is clearly designed not to be).
  • Photo quality: Clean, clear, and well lit photos are a necessity. You’re putting so much work into your design, so make sure you capture it well!
  • Final note: At the end of the day, it’s most important that you have fun. If you remember that the clothing is the star and you are there to complement, it will be easy to succeed! Do your best!

Fashion Week Makeup Contest Scoring:

Makeup Artist Megan Brown Makeup  Contest Submission

Artist: Megan Brown

  • Face chart: 3/5
  • Creativity: 2.5/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Photo quality: 4/5
  • Total: 13.5/20

Comments: In your description, you say that you want to play with shine and color to balance nicely with the elegance of the clothing and the designs. I think you created an interesting look, but it is more of an Instagram look than it is a NYFW look. As lovely as it is, this look would overpower the elegance and easy flow of Leanne’s designs. A big part of designing for a designer means doing research. Now, I did not tell you that Leanne does not like a strong cheek, but had you looked up any of her past collections, you would have immediately seen that. My advice would be to do as much re-search as possible. To your credit, I believe that you used strong application skills (The skin is gorgeous, the lip is precise), but it is just far too aggressive of a look to compliment one of Leanne’s collections (they are known for being delicate and ethereal). Had you taken down that cheek by 3/4, and gone a bit softer on the eye, we may be having a different conversation. Leanne felt that the eye and lip were too strong so she would not have picked this look to compliment her collection. The face chart is also done well from a color point of view, but the excessive writing would make it impossible to be used at a show. Simplicity is important….overall excellent work.

Makeup Artist Karessa Johnson Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Karessa Johnson

  • Face chart: 2/5
  • Creativity: 3/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Photo quality: 4/5
  • Total: 13/20

Comments: I will start by sating this is an eye catching look. It is extremely precise and detailed. The look has near perfect symmetry, which is very difficult to achieve. The write up of your face chart is one of the best of all the submissions (clarity, simplicity, typed), but the illustration is not present. As I said earlier, a face chart is a road map for your team of artists, if you do not do one that is complete and correct, you are not preparing your team for success. You’ve created a lovely look, and I commend you on it, but I would also encourage you to do a bit more research into Leanne. You mention that “you kept the face soft”, this is actually a very heavy foundation application and Leanne is always less is more when it comes to skin. She likes her models to look ethereal, with softer, more natural skin. She also like focus to be in only one place. Leanne said, Karessa “has some skills on the eye! I love the eye. I just wish she would have left the lip minimal though.” This is a gorgeous make up application, but with the heavy foundation and the gilded lip, it is more appropriate for Instagram likes and followers than it is for the Leanne Marshall show. As I mentioned earlier, take the advice of Coco Chanel and take something off. This is beautiful work. Congratulations.

Makeup Artist Annette Silvestre Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Annette Silvestre

  • Face chart: 4/5
  • Creativity: 2/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Photo quality: 4/5
  • Total: 14/20

Comments: I will start by saying that this is a beautifully applied look. But, it is also a look that has been done many, many times. If you look through Instagram or YouTube, you will find countless how to’s that the illustrate applications that look just like this (maybe using different colors, but the essence of the look would be the same). So, as lovely as it is, that makes it a bit forgettable. To make a look for the runway, it has to be novel. In a way, this seems like a recycle of what is currently popular on Instagram. I do not want to suggest that you didn’t do a beautiful job, I just want to see your voice as an artist, and a bit less of the heavy Instagram influence. You are very talented, and that is evident in the gorgeous skin, the symmetrical eyes, the nuanced lip, and the well-blended cheek. But, I want to start to see your voice as an artist shine through. You are more talented than most of the folks getting paid millions to do how to’s online…I want to see your true voice now, instead of versions of what is already out there. You are on the brink of greatness. Stop watching Instagram and YouTube, and allow your own imagination to inspire everything you do. With your talent, you can do anything you want…and I know you will, once you trust yourself. You are capable of extraordinary greatness…and I am ready to see you shine. As a note to the face chart, it does not truly represent the application, for example, the smoke on the bottom lashing is extreme in application, but not present in the chart. A face chart has to be precise because it is a road map for your team of 20+ artists.

Makeup Artist Deahnna Dunstan Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Deahnna Dunstan

  • Face chart: 2/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Photo quality: 4/5
  • Total: 15/20

Comments: Leanne said, that this look was her “favorite one at first glance. It’s a look I would choose for a col-lection.” And I have to agree. This look makes strong use of a collection color in an interesting and very high fashion way. A runway look needs to be strong, but quiet at the same time. Strong enough to make an impact, but quiet enough not to distract from the designs. You achieved that balance. BUT, the great Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” I think that would have served you very well in this instance. Brushing the eyebrows up was fine, not totally necessary given the strength of the eye, but putting a glitter orange powder below it took the high fashion look and added a level of cheapness to it. In the future, trust that what you did on the eye is enough. The lips and cheeks look great. Besides editing the brow, I would recommend more precision in the eye. In your chart, there are crisp, beautiful lines, and there is a very bright use of color on the lid. In your application that crispness gets lost a bit and the bright shade on the side is lost a bit. I think a bit less blending would have given you the crispness of the face chart, and the brighter pop on the lid would have made the look even more impactful. This is excellent work. But, a proper face chart is very important. By not filling out the product details, you would leave your team in the dark and that could cause a backstage disaster. With a touch more precision, the editing of the eyebrow, and a proper face chart, you very likely would have been the winner.

Makeup Artist Diana Martins Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Diana Martins

  • Face chart: 3/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Application: 5/5
  • Photo quality: 4/5
  • Total: 17/20

Comments: This look is inventive and striking. Leanne said, this look “is original and I like that alien, high fashion look to it. Well Done.” And I totally agree. Choosing to keep the skin natural and fresh and put focus in only one unusual place, was a brilliant idea and it makes for a makeup that makes a statement while not taking away from the collection. This is what I would call a true compliment to a collection. I adore the dewy, perfect skin. And I just LOVE the use of stark color being primarily on the eyebrow. For this season’s collection that showed a week ago, the look I designed for Leanne put no color on the lid, it only used color on the brow bone! You are thinking outside the box, but doing it in a quiet way! Bravo! That is how you design for a designer. Congratulations. This is a very exciting look. As for the face chart. A face chart is not a painting. It needs to be very clear to show artists how to duplicate the look. Yours is very, very confusing with the skin fully colored in (remember models at a fashion show will be in all skin tones). The black lines around the lips are also confusing. Clarity is essential. The write up is clear and easy to follow, but the illustration makes it very difficult to follow as that will be their primary resource. Congratulations on some inventive and exciting work.

Final notes from Nathan: Creating a look for the runway has its own set of guidelines. You need to deeply research your designer, you need to make a statement without overshadowing their collection, and you have to create something that will inspire women around the globe to either be fascinated by it, or want to wear some version of it. Congratulations to all of you, but especially to our winner Diana Martins.

Congratulations Diana for winning our 2017 Fashion Week Makeup Contest!

Diana wins a Cover FX’s “Illuminating Prime and Set Kit”, as well as Tarte’s “Tarteist™ Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette”.

Congratulations Deahnna for winning the 2017 Fashion Week Makeup Contest First Runner-Up Prize!

Deahnna wins a Urban Decay’s “UD Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette”!

Congratulations Annette for winning the 2017 Fashion Week Makeup Contest Second Runner-Up Prize!

Annette wins a QC Makeup Academy’s Travel and Expandable Makeup Palette!

Student Prize Winner

The lucky winner of our student prize draw is QC Makeup Academy student Inelda Santana! Inelda wins a Wander Beauty’s “Secret Escape Kit”!

Thank you to all the artists who submitted entries for the contest! And to the 5 finalists, you should all be very proud of your work. Once again, congratulations Diana for winning the 2017 Fashion Week Makeup Contest!

WINNERS REVEALED: Festival Dreams Makeup Contest

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It’s time to announce the winners of our Festival Dreams Spring Makeup Contest!

But first, we would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to all our participants, the semi-finalists, finalists, and our judge!

This year, our wonderful judge, Azzi Williams, created a personalized scorecard for each finalist to determine the winner.

Judge: Azzi Williams

Here’s what Azzi was looking for:

  • Effort: Beautiful detailed makeup that works seamlessly with the hair, costume styling and accessories, creating an overall visually springtime stunning look.
  • Skill: Clean, neat and polished makeup skills, beautiful detailed work, killer contouring and gorgeous, high-pigmented products that capture your spring festive look. Of course I’m also expecting those false lashes to be totally on point.
  • Photo Quality: Nice clean, crisp image that is of great quality—something you would see in a makeup artist’s portfolio. Nothing blurred, out of focus or with poorly thought-out backgrounds. (Certainly no bedroom clutter in the background. And less is more with skin retouching and Photoshop —- and yes, I will be able to tell!)
  • Fun: I want to see joy, magic and dreamy, fantasy fun! Have fun every step of the way!
  • Final note: Take time to really study this genre and see what models, makeup artists, celebrities and bloggers are creating to help fuel inspiration. Think of the details of color, texture, pigment and application. Look at the overall mood of your image—have you conveyed the character’s true springtime festive fantasy essence? All the best with your exciting creative makeup journey ahead and have loads of fun creating your look! Finally, GOOD LUCK!

Festival Dreams Scoring:

Makeup Artist Karessa Johnson Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Karessa Johnson

  • Effort: 5/5
  • Skill: 4/5
  • Photo Quality/ Overall Image: 4/5
  • Fun: 5/5
  • Total: 18/20

Comments: Stunning makeup with strong pigments and fine, beautifully executed detail. The lip accents are stunning and the eye makeup is beautifully executed. Accents above the brow could be enhanced with a little more metallic or gold to really bring the look to the next level. Also – to really enhance the makeup look, consider photographing against a plan black or white or spring-themed backdrop.

Makeup Artist Phoebe Bell Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Phoebe Bell

  • Effort: 4/5
  • Skill: 5/5
  • Photo Quality: 4/5
  • Fun: 4/5
  • Total: 17/20

Comments: A soft, romantic spring look that is very fashion forward and on trend. This look is more boho/whimsical in its finer elements than a dramatic festival look, but the metallic accents are sublime and the lips are beautifully finished. Would have liked to see a playful set of false lashes to add a bit more drama to the look.

Makeup Artist Jade Williams Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Jade Williams

  • Effort: 4/5
  • Skill: 3/5
  • Photo Quality: 4/5
  • Fun: 4/5
  • Total: 15/20

Comments: A pretty boho concept with lovely pretty accents. For a finish that photographs flawlessly, I recommend adding a more pigmented concealer and contoured base. The eye makeup colour palette selection is lovely, but please watch for the symmetry in eyeliner and shading application. Again, this look could be taken to the next level with a playfully dramatic false lash application or some more textured lip colour.

Makeup Artist Wendy Beane Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Wendy Beane

  • Effort: 4/5
  • Skill: 4/5
  • Photo Quality: 4/5
  • Fun: 4/5
  • Total: 16/20

Comments: A very pretty makeup look that is beautifully applied and shows off a more delicate makeup application. The gold accents on the brows work in harmony with the strobed effect. Would have liked to see a bit more fun and drama and playfulness – especially with the intensity of the eye makeup.

Makeup Artist Mehri Kazemi Makeup Contest Submission

Artist: Mehri Kazemi

  • Effort: 5/5
  • Skill: 4/5
  • Photo Quality: 5/5
  • Fun: 5/5
  • Total: 19/20

Comments: Incredible concept fusing both a modern spring festival look with a beautiful cultural concept. Exquisite detailed work and beautiful colours and textures that work together to create a spectacular look. The image is cohesive and the eye makeup is beautifully executed. Would have liked to see the lips accented a little more with colour or gloss, but overall a very strong look.

Congratulations Mehri Kazemi for winning the 2017 Festival Dreams Spring Makeup Contest!

Mehri wins a Pinch Provisions “Festival Kit”, a Tarte Make Believe in Yourself: Eye & Cheek Palette, and a Bite Beauty “Love, Bite Lip Set”.

Congratulations Karessa Johnson for winning the 2017 Spring Makeup Contest First Runner-Up Prize!

Karessa wins a Pinch Provision “Festival Aid Kit”, a Stila “Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow” in Gold Goddess, and a QC 9-shade Contour and Highlight Palette!

Congratulations Phoebe Jade Bell for winning the 2017 Spring Makeup Contest Second Runner-Up Prize!

Phoebe wins a Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Duo: Lip Contour Edition and a QC 9-shade Contour and Highlight Palette!

Student Prize Winner

The lucky winner of our student prize is QC Makeup Academy student Emily Burns! Emily wins a Benefit Cosmetics’ “Sunday My Prince Will Come” Easy Weekender Makeup Kit!

Thank you to all the artists who submitted entries for the contest! And to the 5 finalists, you should all be very proud of your work. Once again, congratulations Mehri for winning the 2017 Festival Dreams Spring Makeup Contest!

What You’ll Learn in Your Private Makeup Lesson with Nathan Johnson

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Only 2 weeks left until the #QCGoesToNYC sweepstakes is over!

Are you wondering what you’ll win if you’re the lucky sweepstakes winner? You and one guest win a free trip to NYC, including roundtrip transportation for two, two nights of accommodations, $200 USD of spending money per person, and one full day with celebrity MUA Nathan Johnson for a private makeup lesson!

Your private lesson with Nathan Johnson is personalized just for you! Before your trip, we’ll work with you to develop a customized lesson plan for your time with Nathan. You’ll tell us what skills you want to learn or improve on, and you can even send us some of your work for Nathan to review so he can gauge your skill level.

Next, you’ll be asked to submit a face chart beforehand, and complete the actual application on the day of. Nathan will guide you through the steps to create your original makeup look!

So what happens when you win?

You and your guest will arrive in New York on May 9th, the day before the lesson, where you’ll have some free time to explore the city! Your private makeup lesson will start the next day (Saturday, May 10th), following the lesson plan we created together. Complete the face chart application on a professional model with Nathan’s guidance, plus tips and/or corrections to help improve your skills. At the end of the day, professional head shots will be taken of your model and the makeup look you created which you can use in your professional makeup portfolio!

Lunch and dinner will be provided on the day of your lesson! The day after your private lesson, you can choose to travel back home, or stay in NYC for a few extra days. We’ll help you organize your accommodations if you’re not ready to head home just yet!

Excited to go to New York City? Read our blog post on how to increase your odds of winning! Gain up to 28 entries for a chance to win Nathan’s private lesson!

Already a student? Enter the sweepstakes here!

If you’re not a student, enroll now and start collecting your entries!

QC Goes to NYC- Win a Free Trip to New York City

How to Win the QC Goes to NYC Sweepstakes

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In case you haven’t heard already, QC Makeup Academy has an awesome sweepstakes going on! All students, old and new, can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip to New York City. You’ll get to spend a few days in the Big Apple, AND you’ll attend a private makeup lesson with QC tutor and celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson!

Makeup artists of any skill level can enter to win! This trip will help build your makeup skills, wherever you need them! Perhaps you just started your journey in makeup artistry—Nathan will help you learn the fundamentals and give tips on how to grow as a successful MUA. Or if you’re an experienced makeup artist, Nathan will teach you advanced skills and tips he’s picked up over his 18 years in the makeup industry!

How to Enter the Sweepstakes

To enter the sweepstakes, fill out the entry form here with your name, student number, and email. To make it more fun, you’ll be asked to write a few sentences on why you want to win, and a link to a makeup look that inspires you!

How to Gain More Entry Points

There are many ways you can gain entries to increase your chance of winning this amazing sweepstakes! Gain up to 28 entries by completing the tasks below. Certain tasks– such as tweeting to us and tagging us in inspirational posts– can be completed daily, helping you gain additional points every day! So the sooner you enroll, the more time you have to gain extra sweepstakes entries.

  1. Refer Your Friends!
    • Send a unique URL to your friends and encourage them to enroll and enter! When they enter the sweepstakes, you gain extra points!

  2. Complete an Assignment
    • Complete an assignment in any of your makeup courses to gain five additional entries! Simply click “enter” once you’ve submitted your assignment on the Online Student Center.

  3. Tweet About the Giveaway
    • Tweet about the Sweepstakes and you’ll receive one additional entry point. You can tweet to us every day until February 28th, and you’ll gain one entry point every day! You can choose to click the tweet button on the entry form, or copy and paste your own tweet into the form to submit.

  4. Leave a blog post comment
  5. Show Us Your Inspiration
    • Use the hashtag #QCGoesToNYC to tag us in makeup looks that inspire you, or looks that you’ve created on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can tag us daily, and you’ll earn one additional point each day you do! Remember to click “Enter” on the entry form once you’ve tagged us!

  6. Pin our image on Pinterest
    • Pin or re-pin this image on your Pinterest board to earn 3 entry points!

  7. Follow The Beauty Buzz on Pinterest
    • You can earn two points by following us on Pinterest. Simply follow us here, and then tell us your Pinterest username!

  8. Visit QC Makeup Academy on Facebook
    • Visit QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook page and to automatically gain one entry point. Simply click the “Visit Us” button on the entry form to activate the “I Visited!” button, and then check off the task!

Don’t forget—there are random weekly prize draws every Tuesday! Winners will be put back into the mix for future weekly draws AND the grand prize draw.

There’s no better time to start on the road to an exciting career! The odds of winning are high, so don’t wait—enroll to start collecting your points!

Already a student? Enter the sweepstakes here!

If you’re not a student, enroll now and start collecting your entries!