BBC’s Glow Up is a series in which 10 make-up artists compete to become Britain’s new make-up star. Each week provides new challenges in the form of a creative brief or working with industry professionals. The show gives viewers a look inside the make-up industry in a competitive context. As a makeup student, this series has been so insightful and inspiring to watch over the last two years. Here is a list of useful things to be learned from the show if you are a make-up student or even if you are already a professional make-up artist!
BBC IPlayer: Glow Up, S2E7 23:59
#1 Working in a Professional Context
The series places such a heavy emphasis on working in a professional environment, including London Fashion Week, Hunger Magazine and various musical theatre shows. Contestants are put in real industry settings where their ability to work alongside professionals is put to the test. The best results come from passion and determination, but also listening to what is being asked for. A beautiful example of this was Eve Jenkins’ work for Rankin in Hunger Magazine. Eve’s professional skills were rewarded with her stunning work being published in the magazine!
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#2 Using your Make-up Kit Efficiently
The ability to take a product in your make-up kit and figure out a new and innovative way to use it is essential for any make-up artist. As make-up students, we have always been encouraged to experiment with our products and use them in various ways. It is fascinating to watch the contestants in this series use similar tools and products exciting new ways!
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#3 Creativity & Independent Thinking
Using your own intuition and creative skills to produce something new and innovative is essential for a make-up artist. The contestants are required to show strong independent thinking with the ability to come up with their own solutions to a challenge. Seeing like-minded creatives produce stunning work based on their own ideas and initiative is so exciting to see when you are new to the make-up industry!
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#4 Following Briefs
Whilst creativity and intuition are key skills, having the ability to follow a brief and achieve what is being asked of you is just as important. Each week the contestants are given a different creative brief, such as fears, the four elements, heroes, etc. It is fascinating to watch how each artist is able to produce something so unique, yet each piece of work fits under one brief.
Series 1 & 2 of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up are available to stream on iPlayer