Guildford College Make-Up Students Shine at Prestigious Professional Make-Up Competition

Guildford College’s Media Make-Up students have once again proven their talent and dedication at the renowned annual Professional Beauty Make-Up Competition, hosted by Warpaint Magazine last week.

The event, held at London’s ExCel Centre, saw the emergence of exceptional skills from budding artists, with Guildford College students claiming top accolades. 

Level 3 student Poppy Dickinson seized the spotlight by clinching the first position in the fiercely competitive student category. Joining her on the winner’s podium was Level 2 student Chloe Bull, who secured an impressive third place in her debut external make-up competition. 

The competition’s Catwalk theme, inspired by the iconic Vivienne Westwood, demanded participants to encapsulate the designer’s avant-garde style. Entrants were tasked with blending nails, hair, and make-up to exude the fearless essence synonymous with Westwood’s runway creations. 

Reflecting on her triumph, Poppy Dickinson expressed her elation, stating, “Winning first place in the Warpaint Makeup Competition has truly ignited my passion to pursue more competitions in the future. The Vivienne Westwood theme allowed me to unleash my creativity, which is the essence of what I adore about make-up.” 

Poppy Dickinson’s winning creation


Chloe Bull, echoing the sentiment of achievement, shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed the journey leading up to the competition, experimenting with various techniques under the guidance of my tutor, Jaceyann. The Vivienne Westwood theme pushed me beyond my boundaries, and clinching third place among such talented competitors makes me very proud!” 

Jaceyann Smith, the Media Make-Up Tutor at Guildford College, commended the students’ dedication, remarking, “The students exhibited extraordinary diligence, dedicating extra hours for one-on-one coaching to refine their looks.  

First time entrant, Chloe Bull placed third with this stunning look

“They put in 100% knowing it was such a prestigious competition within the make-up industry. I am so proud of them both and to come first and third is an amazing achievement and testament to their hard work and dedication.” 

The students’ outstanding performance has not gone unnoticed, as they’ve been extended exciting opportunities in the industry. Both Poppy and Chloe have been invited to partake in valuable work experience as make-up artists at an upcoming magazine shoot, led by renowned fashion photographer Mark Francke. 

Congratulations goes to both learners – we can’t wait to see what comes next for these aspiring make-up artists!    

Learn more about Media Make-Up programmes at Guildford College or contact Activate Learning on 0800 612 6008. 


Photo credit: Mark Francke Photography