It’s time for QC Makeup Academy’s annual Holiday Makeup Contest!

Winter is such a thrilling time for makeup artists—there is truly inspiration everywhere, from the snow adorning the trees to gorgeous sparkling lights!

Now is your chance to stretch those creative muscles for our Holiday Makeup Contest!

This year, we’re going “Night” and “Day”! Create either a daytime makeup look (Winter Splendor) or an evening makeup look (Holiday Glamour)! Use the provided color palettes below to create your look(s)!


There will be an amazing prize for both categories, AND a special prize for QC students and graduates who enter the contest!

How It Works

This contest contains two categories: Winter Splendor and Holiday Glamour. You can enter in one or both categories, the choice is yours — use the color palettes below to complete your look!

Simply complete your makeup look, and submit through the submission form below. Be sure to indicate, from the drop-down list, which category (or categories) you are submitting to.

On December 19th, we’ll post the semi-finalists to QC’s Facebook Page. You’ll vote for your favorites by liking the best photos! The five photos with the most “likes” by December 21st will be our finalists.

The five finalists in each category will be critiqued by the category judge who will also pick the grand prize winner! We will announce the grand prize winner on December 23rd, just in time to put these beautiful looks to use!

Category #1: Winter Splendor

With frost in the air (and on the ground), there are so many gorgeous possibilities for daytime winter looks! We want to see your best “Winter Splendor” daytime makeup look, using this palette:


Your Tutor & Judge

QC Tutor Azzi Williams will judge the Winter Splendor/Day category. Here’s her advice for contestants:

Creativity: How unique and creative is this look? Does it show personality and flair?

Effort: How much effort has the MUA put into the look in terms of using the right shades, textures, effects and finer details that work in synergy with the hair, accessories and overall styling?

Skill: Does the MUA demonstrate a high level of skill—palette selection to suit a daytime holiday look, good symmetry, blending techniques, accuracy and attention to detail? I’m looking for a ‘clean and precise’ finish with no mascara or eyeshadow fall-out, looking for precisely applied false lashes and even lip colour application.

Theme: Is there a clear conceptual connection with the holiday theme of the contest?

Overall Image: Does the makeup complement the overall outfit, hair and model’s features? Is the background clean and creative to suit the holiday theme? Is the photography clear, in focus and taken with good lighting to show the makeup application in the best light? Please avoid over-use of Photoshop retouching and editing, and please also avoid any social or smartphone editing filters!


Entry Form

Category #2: Holiday Glamour

In December, holiday parties are all glitz and glamour! What better time to use those gorgeous gold, deep purple, or dramatic black shades? Please use this color palette to create an evening look:


Your Tutor & Judge

We are thrilled to have QC Makeup Academy tutor and executive makeup artist Nathan Johnson as the judge of our Holiday Glamour/Night category!

What I would like to see:

Creativity: How unique and creative is this look? Does it show personality and flair? Don’t be afraid to take risks and express yourself. I recommend not doing Google searches and copying an existing makeup…be yourself.

Effort: How much effort has the makeup artist put into the look in terms of products used, textures, effects, and finer details?

Skill and Technique: Does the makeup artist demonstrate a high level of skill in terms of honoring the color palette selection, good symmetry, blending techniques, accuracy, and attention to detail? Is it clean and precise with even application on eyes, cheeks, and lips?

Overall Image: Does the makeup complement the outfit, hair, and model’s features? Is the photography clear, in focus, and taken with good lighting? Does the image enhance the artistry? Delicate and tasteful Photoshopping is acceptable, but Instagram and Snapchat filters, and Facetone correcting apps are not.

Overall Transformation: When comparing the before and after photos, how is the overall, final transformation?

Push your limits and have a lot of fun! Remember, evening looks can step into the Avant Garde, so don’t be afraid to take risks…



Entry Form

Special Prize for QC Students & Grads


This contest is open to everyone, not just QC students and grads. However, this year we’ve decided to include a special prize that is reserved exclusively to QC students and grads!

So, if you are a QC student/grad, include your student number when you send in your entry! At the end of the contest period, we’ll draw a random QC student who entered the contest, and the lucky winner will receive this adorable Too Faced Grand Hotel Café gift set (estimated retail value $66)!

Still have Questions?

We’ve answered the most common ones below! You can also read through the contest rules for more information, or contact us if your questions still aren’t answered!

Can I enter if I’m not a QC Student?

Yes you can! This contest is open to anyone who has a love of makeup, whether you’re already a member of the QC Community or not!

Can I enter each category or do I have to pick one?

The choice is yours. You can enter in only one, or in both categories.

Can I enter more than one look in each category?

You can, however if you’re selected as a finalist we’ll only pick one of your submissions to feature in the top 5.

When will the semi-finalists be announced?

The semi-finalists will be announced on QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook Page first thing on the morning on December 19th. You’ll be able to vote for the finalists by “liking” your favorite image in each category.

When will the winners be announced?

Voting will continue until 5pm Eastern Time on December 21st. On December 23rd, we’ll post the critiques of all five finalists, and announce the winners!

What happens if I win?

And we hope you do!

We’ll contact you via email or by phone to arrange delivery of your prize. We’ll need to speak to you first, as we won’t send out any prizes before we can verify your address either by phone or email, so make sure you’re available to chat!

You can read the full contest rules here.

Submission Form