Our Hair & Media Make-up students entered their third Warpaint Competition this year at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. View our photo gallery below.

War paint is a national competition which is open to all industry professionals, tutors and students. It is mainly for industry professionals and aspiring make-up artists, special effects artists, sculptors and tutors. War paint has been running since 2013 when we entered one of our students – Victoria Graham – who was one of Runshaw’s first winners.

The competition hosts an incredible team of judges, all the best in the industry. Many have worked with the most influential editors, photographers, including Rankin and Bailey.

Freya Padgett won 1st place over other industry professionals and tutors. Her theme was old masters, taking inspiration from the greatest painters of all time. The brief: create your interpretation of a famous work on your body.

They came up with the idea of Vincent van Gogh and painted him as if he was in the painting and incorporated the cutting of his ear by using prosthetics. Our fabulous model Leo Johnson, who is studying Fine Art at Runshaw, had the look of Vincent and he helped with the painting style techniques that Vincent would have used, along with the colour layering and brush strokes.

Judges loved the idea and it was a massive achievement for Freya and the students within the Hair & Media Make-up department to beat tutors at colleges, universities and professionals with her creative body art skills, as the competition was fierce with over 20 competitors.

Stella Cheyne gained 3rd place in the prosthetic character theme – a House of the Dragon inspired character. The brief: to bring together a new life creation from the show. This category was predominantly people from the industry and university students. Stella made all her own prosthetics using cotton wool, false nails and latex, so this was a massive achievement to gain a top place out of 30 entries.

Our students were faultless with everything they did and their designs were amazing, some of which you can see below. Every week we have offered these competition classes to all students and it goes to show effort, dedication and commitment can really pay off.

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Photo Gallery

Old masters theme body paint by Keira Sutch Level 3 – Keira won our last Warpaint competition in Coventry and the AHT competition in Blackpool, so has been a consistent winner over the past two years. Technically, Keira’s art work is phenomenal.

Dramatic bridal wedding make-up by Heidi Mallinson Level 3 – Heidi did a traveller-style wedding look and not only that, she made the whole dress herself. Heidi has won her last 2 competitions.

Punk Fashion for a tribute to the great Vivienne Westwood by Keira Nelson Level 3 – The category pays homage to the wildest fashion and make-up movement of the 20th Century. Keira did her take on Vivienne’s patterns, using her iconic eye clothing range as inspiration. She used fake eyes on her model and the tartaned themed make-up. We also had an ex Runshaw student, now in her third year at Salford University studying make-up and fashion, winning first place!

Overall, everyone did amazingly well and we couldn’t have asked any more. Next stop: Blackpool, for the AHT Nationals!