Entries close October 18th!

Trick or Treat?

Get ready for QC Makeup Academy’s Annual Halloween Makeup Contest!

Will your character be a “trick” or a “treat”? This year, choose between two challenging categories, Gore and Sci-Fi & Fantasy… or enter both!

Tap into your creativity and Halloween spirit with your makeup application.

You don’t have to be a QC student to enter this contest! Everyone is welcome. There is an amazing prize for each category, plus a special prize for students who enter!

Don’t miss out! Contest entries close on October 18th!


Special Offer

Receive the Pro Makeup Workshop for free when you enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course!


How It Works

There are two categories for this contest! If you’re feeling inspired, feel free to enter both!

  • Complete your makeup look and submit a before and after photo through the submission form. Be sure to indicate which category you’re submitting to.*
  • On October 19th, the semi-finalists will be announced on QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook page. Votes will be counted by the number of likes each look gets! Though votes will play a big part in deciding finalists, the judges will make the final decision as to who will proceed to the next round.
  • Voting will end at 12pm ET on Monday, October 22nd.
  • Finalists for each category will be announced on our Facebook page on October 22nd. Finalists are chosen based on Facebook votes and the judge’s choice.
  • The grand prize winner for each category will be announced on October 25th!

Please read the rules above carefully before entering the contest. You must include a before photo (model with no makeup) in order to qualify for the semi-finals. You will automatically be disqualified if your photo has been edited (e.g. use of a filter on your photo, smoothing or blurring of the skin, etc.). Poor photo quality will also be penalized during the semi-finalist selection.

*Note: QC Makeup Academy retains the right to move your contest submission to another category, if necessary.

TRICK Category

Monsters, madmen, trolls, killer clowns, and the unfortunate victims who encountered them. These are just a few of the horrible things that could win the “TRICK” category of QC’s Annual Halloween Makeup Contest!

QC’s Executive Makeup Artist and tutor, Nathan Johnson, will be the judge of this category.

Here’s what he’s looking for:

Effort    /5

Higher points will be awarded to those who combine a diverse use of skills with an incredible use of imagination in order to create a detailed and captivating horror look. The makeup application is fundamental to the contest, but the more visually stunning the final image is—through the tasteful use of hair, costume styling, props, and accessories—the more points will be awarded.

Skill/Technique    /5

Higher points will be awarded to students who demonstrate the use of polished makeup skills, detailed application, symmetry (when it is supposed to be symmetrical), and a diverse use of techniques. There are no rules in horror, so don’t be afraid to charge, refine, and create new techniques.

Photo Quality    /5

A good quality image is essential. The photograph should be clean, crisp, and appropriately lit. Higher points will be awarded to images that look like they could be in a horror magazine or media feed. Points will be deducted for images that are blurry, messy, or have cluttered or thoughtless backgrounds (e.g. messy bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.). This doesn’t mean that you need an expensive setup, it just means you need to clean the oils off your camera lens, or to borrow a better phone or camera. Incredibly gentle retouching is acceptable, although your makeup should be doing the perfecting on its own. Blurred skin, visible or over-retouching, and filters will result in a loss of points. Any images that are not a realistic version of the artist’s actual work will be disqualified.

Fun/Originality    /5

Create work that is original and from the deepest recesses of your imagination. I expect to see wonder, terror, beauty, and horror! Have fun every step of the way! If you copy or tweak an influencers existing work, points will be deducted. You are an artist—don’t copy.

Story    /5

A few sentences about your creation, and the story behind him/her/it, can do a lot to sell your image. Don’t fall into the trap of telling what you did with the makeup, instead tell the story of who or what this person or creature is. The stronger your story and concept, the more precise and clear your application will be—and the more points you’ll be awarded.

Final note

This contest is based on merit, skill, technique, talent, and effort. It is not a popularity contest based on votes. I do encourage you to share your work and get the support of your friends, but popularity will not win the contest. Put your effort into creating an incredible look—and even if you don’t get a single social media “like”, your talent, concept, and skill could still win you the contest.


The winner of the “Trick” category will receive a Nars’ “7 Deadly Sins Audacious Lipstick Palette”, a set of 5 latex prosthetics, two bottles of special effects blood, an injury wheel and an RMG bald cap wheel, a multi-use stipple sponge, and black and red cream makeup. (Combined estimated retail value of $80).

Nars’ 7 Deadly Sins Audacious Lipstick Palette
2 Bottles of Special Effects Blood
An Injury Wheel and an RMG Bald Cap Wheel
A Set of 5 Latex Prosthetics
A Multi-Use Stipple Sponge & Black and Red Cream Makeup

TREAT Category

From unicorns to princesses, aliens to space monsters, prepare to dazzle and surprise with your favorite look. The world of sci-fi and fantasy is only limited by your imagination, so go ahead and reach for the stars!

Professional Makeup Artist and QC tutor, Azzi Williams, will be the judge of this category.

Here’s what she’s looking for:

Effort    /5

Detailed, high impact makeup that works seamlessly with the hair, costume styling, and accessories, creating an overall striking and dramatic look.

Skill/Technique    /5

Clean, and sophisticated makeup techniques, attention to detail and high-pigmented products that capture your sci-fi or fantasy character.

Photo Quality    /5

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!

Story    /5

Tell the story behind your creative, your way. What is your design concept and why? Where did you source inspiration? You don’t need to write an essay, but a few paragraphs will help give some context to your look.

Final note

Take time to really study your sci-fi or fantasy character. What makeup did you use to create their iconic look? Think of the details in color, texture, pigment, and application. Look at the overall mood of your image – have you conveyed the character’s true power and impact?

All the best with your exciting creative makeup journey ahead and have loads of fun creating your look!

Finally, GOOD LUCK 🙂


The winner of the “Treat” category will receive a Pinrose x Sephora Collection’s “Clever Devil Scented Lip Shimmers Set”, and a Tarte Cosmetics’ “Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eyeshadow Palette”. (Combined estimated retail value of $80).

Pinrose x Sephora Collection’s Clever Devil Scented Lip Shimmers Set
Tarte Cosmetics’ Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eyeshadow Palette

Prize for QC Students & Grads

Though this contest is open to all, we’ve decided to have a special prize that is reserved exclusively for QC students and grads!

If you are a student or grad, be sure to include your student number when you submit your entry! At the end of the contest period, we’ll draw a winner at random! The lucky winner will receive an Anastasia Beverly Hill’s “Norvina Eyeshadow Palette” (estimated retail value of $55)!

This fall is the perfect time to start your career as a professional MUA!


Frequently Asked 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 both categories?

Yes! You can enter both categories, and your submissions will be treated separately from one another.

Can I enter more than one look per category?

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

When will the semi-finalists be announced?

The semi-finalists will be announced on QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook Page on October 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 12 PM ET on October 22nd. The five finalists (per category) will be chosen based on a mix of the judges’ choice and Facebook votes. On October 25th, we’ll 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.

Looking to launch your makeup career?


Please read the guidelines above carefully before entering the contest.

Enter Contest

Click the button below to submit your photo entries. Remember to include a before and after photo, as well as a description of your makeup look!

Submission Form

You may also choose to submit your photos via email. Please send your name, address, contest category, photo description, and before and after photos to [email protected].