Creative Media Makeup artists use the human body as a canvas to create a desired character or appearance through the skilful use and application of makeup and prosthetics under strict time constraints.  They need to have a range of common makeup artistry skills including special effects and theatrical as well as high fashion and spend hours developing their model into the desired finished product.

The competition focuses on the role and tasks of a Creative Media Makeup Artist, working on a given theme over a number of hours using the specialist skillset needed for the creative industry sector.


The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Professionalism

  • Health and safety knowledge

  • People skills

  • Time management

  • Dexterity

  • Creativity

  • Attention to Detail

  • Innovative

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 have achieved a full Level 2 Makeup qualification within the last two years and/or are enrolled on a Makeup programme of study working towards Level 3 or Level 4

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 Creative Media Makeup 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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