Makeup Competition Rules & Regulations

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

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Competitors will pick from the following sub-categories:

  • Corrective Makeup

  • Bridal

  • Avant-Garde

  • Selfie

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. The Selfie category is free to enter.  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.
  • You will need to turn in a Before and After picture of model
  • You will need to turn in a Intro video that introduces you and your model and how you plan to get the look you are going for.
  • You will need to turn in a video of you working on your model
  • Everyone can compete any or all categories.
  • Images must be new and have not been seen before.
  • You may source photographers, hair stylists and costume stylists, however ALL MAKEUP must be the competitors own work unassisted and original. Disqualification will be enforced even after notified that you are a finalist, if Judges can confirm work is not original and unassisted.
  • Avant Garde Category
    • Facial / body appliances or ornamentation will be allowed to enhance / compliment but with the focus being on the makeup application. The use of special effects attachments is allowed but may not exceed coverage of more than 25% of the model’s face.
    • Airbrush, brushes, sponges & stencils as tools may be used. *Must follow instructions or will be returned without refund of fee.

Competition Rules – Finalists

Makeup artists will perform live at The Skin Games Live Show, March 16-19, 2023 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, the work can be completed with the assistance of hairdresser, stylist, photographer etc. As if it was for a magazine’s cover photo!

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

  1. Each competitor can submit one model only per category.
  2. No assistants will be permitted. The competitor must apply all lash extensions
  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. If models arrive with Makeup on, they will be required to remove the makeup prior to the start of the competition.
  6. No electronic devices or cell phone/email/texting/photo usage will be allowed during the competition.
  7. Competitors are not allowed to touch their models once seated in the competition area until directed by the competition chairman.
  8. Competitors and models may not leave the competition area after the competition has started, and may only be excused by the competition chairman. Anyone found leaving without permission will be disqualified.
  9. It is the responsibility of each competitor to secure and furnish his or her female or male model, tools, and any necessary supplies, at his or her expense.
  10. Conversation between Competitor(s) and model is limited. The only conversation allowed is if the Competitor(s) need to ask the model to reposition themselves for application or styling purposes.
  11. No talking to spectators.
  12. If there is coaching from the audience for any competitor, the competitor will have points deducted from the score and face possible disqualification.
  13. Competitors arriving after the start of the competition will not be allowed to compete.
  14. Penalty points may be assessed during the contest time and will affect the judge’s score.
  15. All competitors must supply their own kit.
  16. All work must be an original work, your model and work can not be the same as your qualifying work

You will be judged on:

  • Avant Garde: TSG2023 Theme – Royal Court (Make your own Cinderella Story)
    • 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
    • Did your design express the theme from your storyboard and evoke a mood?
    • What feature did it have a heavy emphasis on
    • What category did it meet: dramatic, artistic, exotic, high fashion, or extreme
    • 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? (The skin is the most basic element and needs to look natural and glowing, with softly groomed brows.)
    • Provide a photo for the trial makeup application (no more than 5 weeks prior)? The trial application should have the idea of the hair look, shirt color and neckline similar to their wedding attire and jewelry that will be worn on their big day. What was learned from this appointment?
    • 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 did the plan from the trial application to the special day of execution?
    • 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)
    • Color Choices, did it complement other elements of the wedding, such as wedding location (outdoor/indoor) bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen attire, and flowers?
    • 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.