Makeup Competition Rules & Regulations

Read through the rules and regulations that guide our Makeup Competition.

Competitors will pick from the following sub-categories:

  • Corrective Makeup

  • Bridal

  • Avant-Garde

To qualify for the $3,000 Grand Prize you must enter all Categories.

How to enter?

To enter, each competitor must sign and submit an official entry registration. The competition entry fee is $150.00 per category. By submitting an application, the competitor agrees to abide by the rules and decisions of the competition committee and judges.

All finalists will perform live at The Skin Games.  Dinner Tickets are not included in your registration fee.


  • Applications are welcome from all over the world.
  • It is recommended that you submit a video introducing yourself so that we can promote you.
  • Everyone can compete any or all categories.

Competition Rules – Finalists

Makeup artists will perform live at The Skin Games Live Show, March 14-17, 2024 at the Westin Buckhead-Atlanta, GA.

The Skin Games Makeup Competition, provides an opportunity for makeup artists to demonstrate their skills and to challenge themselves. In order to  achieve the best result, make sure that you complete the look to include hair and clothing choices. As if it was for a magazine’s cover photo!

To win Best Makeup Artist, you must enter and compete in all  3 categories. The winner will be the one with the highest combined score in all 3 categories.

  1. Each competitor will have one model per category.
  2. No assistants will be permitted. Makeup artist and model only permitted on competition floor. 
  3. All models must be 18 years of age or older or have a parental consent form signed.
  4. All models and competitors must sign a TSG release form giving permission for photos and videos to be used by The Skin Games.  All photos are the property of TSG.
  5. Models must arrive with a clean face and no Makeup or false lashes. If models arrive with Makeup on, they will be required to remove the makeup prior to the start of the competition.
  6. Competitors and models may not leave the competition area after the competition has started, but may be excused by one of the competition judges, if needed. 
  7. It is the responsibility of each competitor to secure and furnish his or her own tools, and any necessary supplies, at his or her own expense.
  8. Competitors not ready to begin the competition at the assigned start time are subject to disqualification.
  9. All competitors must supply their own kit.
  10. Not more than 10% of the overall look can be body painting.
  11. Makeup Artists in the Avant Garde category will get up to 3 hours to complete their look.

You will be judged on:

  • Avant Garde: TSG2024 Theme – Hollywood aligned with the Stars
    • Creativity
    • Application of Technique
    • Did it evoke the Theme without explanation?
    • Color choices, did they work together
    • Originality
    • Blending technique
    • Use of makeup palate, gems, feathers, or glitter ect.
    • Overall Look, did your design get translated throughout
    • Does the look push the boundaries in experimental or innovative?
    • How would this look apply in runway, fashion advertisement, beauty magazine or a specialized photo shoot to be monetized
    • Was this look achieved using professional quality cosmetics that are safe for the skin and your model?
    • How did the artist utilize their time and efficiency?
  • Bridal:
    • Color Matching
    • How was the skin prepped and taken care of prior to the makeup application?
    • Show what references or inspiration the bride or you chose for the makeup look created.
    • Remember color when creating the makeup look – The makeup needs to have enough color to compensate for the whiteness of the dress
    • How were the other areas of the body blended with the face? Did the bride have a fake tan, was makeup brought down on the neck, decollete, and shoulders to blend with the face?
    • False lash application (strips or individuals)
    • What techniques were used to create a longer-lasting look? (prolong wear)
    • Blending Technique
    • Will it Photograph well? (Avoid SPFs as it does not look good in flash photography)
    • Was the time of day considered as well as lighting available when creating the look? What adjustments need to be made for the location and climate?
    • Overall Look, Did your design match the theme of the wedding and meet the desire of the bride
    • What would you send your bride with for touch ups throughout the day?
  • Corrective / Camouflage:
    • Color matching
    • How was the skin prepared? How did the skin have special needs? (Acne, rosacea, blotchy pigmentation, vitiligo, eczema, scars)
    • Did the artist soothe the skin and properly hydrate before applying makeup?
    • How did the artist use brushes and tools to achieve the look?
    • How did the artist shift the focus from the corrective work to an emphasis on another attribute of the face?
    • How were shape tricks used to make a feature more prominent or projectable?
    • How was the face shape interpreted?
    • How was the contouring technique utilized?
    • How was the highlighting technique utilized?
    • How was the color-correcting technique utilized?
    • Blending technique
    • Is it Correcting or Covering? (Did the artist use the correct layering techniques to achieve a natural look?)
    • Does it look like skin or just makeup?
    • Is this an everyday look?
    • How would you teach the client to execute this look?

TEE et al and TSG are not responsible for any internet transmission problems or issues and will not be held liable for late or misdirected online submissions.

THE SKIN GAMES judges will review and choose finalists from all online submissions.

This Online Competition is open to Makeup Artists from anywhere in the world.