A Commercial Makeup artist needs to have a broad range of common skills, but can specialise in different types of makeup and application techniques in order to give a polished, flawless finish to any given brief.

They will be expected to demonstrate their skills as makeup artists within dynamic and challenging media environments, working on precise briefs, against demanding time constraints and within limited working space

The competition focuses on the role and tasks of a Commercial Makeup Artist, working to a given theme, demanding creativity and imagination, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure – all whilst demonstrating patience, concentration and good time management.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Professionalism

  • Health and Safety Knowledge

  • Customer Service Skills

  • Time Management

  • Dexterity

  • Creativity

  • Attention To Detail

  • Communication Skills

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies below and be currently studying for/achieved an appropriate Level 2/3 Makeup qualification within the last two years

How it works

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Young person competing in Commercial Make Up competition

Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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