The semi-finalists have been selected!
Thank you to everyone who entered QC Makeup Academy’s annual Halloween Makeup Contest.
Click the buttons below to view the semi-finalists of each category and to vote! Remember, although votes will play a 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 Friday, October 23rd, 2020.
How It Works
There are two categories for this contest! If you’re feeling inspired, feel free to enter both!
If you’re a QC student, be sure to include your student number when you submit your entry! We will be awarding both a grand prize winner (open to all), as well as an exclusive student prize for each category.
- 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.* Your makeup look must have been created in the past 3 months, and have not been submitted to any other makeup contest.
- On Monday, October 19th, the semi-finalists will be announced on QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook page, and the voting period begins!
- Votes will be counted by the number of likes each look gets! Though votes will play a part in deciding finalists, the judges will make the final decision as to who will proceed to the next round.
- Voting will end at 12 pm ET on Friday, October 23rd.
- Finalists for each category will be announced on our Facebook page on the afternoon of October 23rd. Finalists are chosen based on Facebook votes and the judge’s choice.
- The grand prize winner and student winner for each category will be announced on Monday, October 26th!
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.), or if your makeup look is deemed plagiarized. 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.
Halloween is the best time to surrender to your dark side. Monsters and ghouls will always bring scares, but it’s the realism and creativity in your work that can truly instill fear, and even horror! This is your chance to show off your makeup chops and bring some festive monsters (or victims) to life.
Special FX Expert and QC tutor, Michele Mulkey, will be the judge of this category.
Here’s what she’s looking for:
There will be points awarded to each entry based on the use of makeup skills and techniques. You will gain extra points if you use additional items such as hair, costumes, and/or props to make a complete horror makeup look.
Points will be awarded to each entry based on the application of the makeup itself. Some examples include:
- If prosthetics are used, are there any edges showing or is the prosthetic glued to the skin completely?
- If there is blood used, does it flow in a natural way from the wound/wounds?
The details in the makeup look are very important to the look you create!
Photo Quality/ Composition /5
Points will be awarded in this category based on whether the photo could be used in a portfolio or magazine ad. If the photo is clear, well lit, with an appropriate background for the photo, higher points will be awarded. Blurry, badly lit photos with busy backgrounds will receive lower points.
This is the category where you get points awarded for using your imagination! Horror makeup can be anything and everything! Use your imagination to create a new take on a classic or something completely out-of-this-world scary. The more creative the entry is, the more points the artist will be awarded. Originality is key! Please note that copying someone else work will cause the entry to be disqualified.
This category allows for the backstory of the entry. Points will be given based on explaining what the person or creature is, and not how you applied the makeup. Have fun with this category! It is your chance to tell the world about YOUR creation!
The grand prize winner of the “Trick” category will receive an Anastasia Beverly Hills’ “Norvina® Mini Pro Pigment Palette Vol 3”, an Urban Decay “All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray”, a set of 5 latex prosthetics, an injury wheel and an RMG bald cap wheel, and two bottles of special effects blood. (Combined estimated retail value of $105).
The student winner of the “Trick” category will receive a Violet Voss “Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Crème Brûlé”, a set of 5 latex prosthetics, and two bottles of special effects blood. (Combined estimated retail value of $50).
Halloween is the pinnacle moment to use your artistry to achieve a true transformation. And nothing is more challenging than stepping into the world of fantasy and science fiction. In this world, the limit of what you can create is only stopped by the limits of your imagination. Dig deep and forget everything you’ve seen someone else do. Trust your imagination and bring to life a character no one has ever seen before.
QC’s Executive Makeup Artist and tutor, Nathan Johnson, will be the judge of this category.
Here’s what he’s looking for:
Higher points will be awarded to those who combine diverse skills with incredible imagination to create a detailed and captivating fantasy look. Makeup technique is fundamental, 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.
Students who demonstrate the use of polished makeup skills, detailed application, symmetry (when it is supposed to be symmetrical), and diverse use of techniques, will be awarded higher points. There are no rules in fantasy, so don’t be afraid to change, refine, and create new techniques.
Photo Quality/ Composition /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 glamour 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 or disqualification.
Create a makeup look that is original and from the deepest recesses of your imagination. I expect to see wonder and beauty! Have fun every step of the way! If you copy or tweak an influencer’s existing work, you will be disqualified. You are an artist — don’t copy. And, I can promise you, everyone in the industry has seen enough of the over-done and constantly copied tutorials. Originality is difficult, especially in a social media-driven world, so accept the challenge to create.
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. In the past, amazing makeup artists have lost the contest because they refuse to tell a story. Don’t let that be you.
This contest is based on merit, skill, technique, talent, and effort. It is not a popularity contest solely based on votes and the number of media followers you have. I do encourage you to share your work and get the support of your friends, but popularity will not win the contest— and it shouldn’t. Skill, creativity, and effort should always determine the win, and as professionals, we should remind our followers and fans of this. Put everything you have 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 “Treat” category will receive an Anastasia Beverly Hill “Norvina® Mini Pro Pigment Palette Vol 2”, a Violet Voss “Bright Vibes Neon Pressed Pressed Pigments Palette”, a Fenty Beauty “Two Little Mattemoiselles”, and a QC Makeup Academy “Pro Stainless Steel Palette and Spatula”. (Combined estimated retail value of $105).
The student winner of the “Treat” category will receive a Fenty Beauty “Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette”, and a pair of Museum of Icecream x Sephora Collection “Rainbow Sherbet Lash”. (Combined estimated retail value of $50).
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. You can have multiple looks qualify for the semi-finals. However, if you’re selected as a finalist we’ll only pick one of your submissions to feature in the top five.
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.
Can I edit the background of my image to suit my makeup look?
Yes, you may edit the background of your image. However, make sure that your model’s face/ area of makeup is not edited at all. Include the original image with your submission so that the judges know your editing was only limited to the background.
When will the winners be announced?
Voting will continue until 12 PM ET on October 23rd. The five finalists (per category) will be chosen based on a mix of the judges’ choice and Facebook votes. On October 26th, 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!