Talented Newport make-up artist in competition final
8:02am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
Eye on the prize Make-up artist Ann-Marie Mitchell who has reached a finalist in a national make-up competition, demonstrates her talents on her fiance Thomas Williams (1585268)
A NEWPORT make-up artist has made it to the final of a national make-up competition, in which she transformed her fiance into a vision of the future.
Ann-Marie Mitchell, 21, from Malpas, beat hundreds of other make-up artists to be chosen as one of the final four in the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-Up Artistry, held in London on October 5.
Her fiance Thomas Williams posed as a model for the themed contest, in which Miss Mitchell had to research and design a make-up look based on "the future".
"Hundreds of people entered and I was one of four chosen," said Miss Mitchell. "We had 60 minutes and because they filmed it there were a lot of cameras in your face, it was interesting.
"For the theme I wanted to look at the future of men in make-up, tattoos and how that could develop. My fiance modelled and his hair was purple, I stencilled his face and used dark colours. I wanted to make a striking look, not a simple one."
After training at Cross Keys college in theatrical and media make-up for two years for the age of 16, it was the lights of London and West Thames College which drew Miss Mitchell away from Wales for two years while she completed her studies.
Now back in Wales studying hair dressing part time, Miss Mitchell has an anxious wait to find out if she has won the competition, with 10 per cent of the votes coming from Facebook users.
Last year Miss Mitchell, who has worked as a trainee make-up artist on television programmes and film productions, came second in the United Make-Up Artist Expo competition for all-round film make-up in London. She created three different looks, for character, glamour, and aging.
In this year's Illamasqua event she got to meet renowned make-up artist Alex Box.
"The competition went really well but I'll just have to see how I get on next week," she said. "It was really good to be chosen to do it in the first place, I tried last year and didn't get through."
Visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151620603241567&set=a.10151620602916567.1073741846.32415626566&type=1&theater to vote.
To see more of Miss Mitchell's work visit https://www.facebook.com/annmariemitchellmua
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