Welcome to Olympia Beauty 2018!

Brush Wars 2018 presents... 'Circus Arcadia'

Brush Wars welcomes make-up artists from across the world to the competition floor. Judged by our very own panel of industry experts renowned worldwide, Brush Wars hosts four competitions and is renowned as the most visually compelling competition held at Olympia Beauty. Brush Wars welcomes students and professionals of all ages and expertise into the arena! Brush Wars 2018 is sponsored by NYX Professional Makeup

Makeup artist working clown eyeliner for performers


2018's Theme: Circus Arcadia

Date: Monday 1st October 2018

Venue: Olympia Beauty, Gallery Level, The Grand Hall, Olympia London, W14 8UX

At Brush Wars you get the opportunity to showcase your skills for as little as £19. Make sure you sign up today for your place in the most exciting competition in town this autumn!

PRIZES: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a certificate and trophy, accompanied by a wealth of exclusive gifts from our sponsor NYX Professional Makeup and the recognition from your industry peers. As a first place winner in the student category you’ll also be invited to compete at Beauty Dusseldorf’s International Make Up Championship. As a competitor you’ll receive a certificate of participation. Every participant in the Brush Wars competition will be required to take part in a cat walk presentation after your look has been judged.


The reason behind the theme...

This years Brush Wars competition theme at Olympia Beauty will be based on Circus inspirations. Throughout history circus has been interpreted as artistic and colourful and this title lends itself to the world of makeup artistry. During the late victorian era performers in circus’s were tattooed artists, acrobats and bearded ladies. More recently companies such as Cirque du Soleill encapture a sense of beautiful colour, styling, artistic skills, wigs and music to symbolise modern day circus shows. In fashion the circus genre is regularly featured with artistic licence at Alexander McQueen (2001) Manish Arora (2009) Victoria’s Secret (2012) Dior (2011). For inspirations research David La Chapelle and Tim Walker photography archives.

Think: Vibrant colour, artistic, magical, dark, clown, ringmaster, trapeze, fantasy, bearded ladies, tattoo and arcadia

Good luck!

Julia and Nicci 2018

The categories explained...


  • You must have a minimum of 3 years experience working as a makeup and/or body artist to compete as a professional


  • You must be the student of a professional make up artistry school, college or programme to compete and specify which course on application.

Teen Glam

£19 for this competition
  • You must be aged between 14-18 years old and must be accompanied by an adult to compete. This category is for face make up only.


  • You must have a minimum of 1500 followers on your Instagram account to take part. Competition rules follow on the next page.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed registration and payment for Brush Wars 2018, your entry is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Young beautiful woman with clown make-up and wig looking thoughtful and ready for performance, closeup shot
Spooky Clown Halloween creative Make-up for Woman
Portrait of a beautiful young model with bright make up
mysterious female jester Masquerade  character  juggling balls
Stilyzed portrait with white make-up and white eyelashes

Competition times for Brush Wars 2018 - Monday 1st October

Professional & Student Categories

08.00 - 08.30: Registration for Professional and Student categories

08.30 - 09.00: Preparation time for Professional and Student categories

09.00 - 12.00: Professional and Student Competitions take place

12.00 - 13.00: Judging commences for Professional and Student categories

14.00 - 14.30: Brush Wars Competition Awards Ceremony on the Olympia Stage

14.30 - 15.00: Cat walk on the red carpet

Teen Glam and Instagram Categories

First Prize courtesy of NYX Professional Makeup!

The winner of each category will receive a Full Pro Train Case Kit! This includes a Pro Train Case, Studio Finishing Powder, Epic Ink Liner, Lip Lingerie Gloss, Jumbo Eye Pencil, Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, Ultimate Shadow Palette, Eye & Makeup Remover, Colour Correcting Palette, 5 Mixed Brushes, Makeup Brush Belt, Soft Matte Lip Cream and SFX Creme Colour all from NYX Professional Makeup!
*Colours/shades of products gifted may vary

Second Prize courtesy of NYX Professional Makeup!

The second place winner of each category will receive a Pro Essentials Kit! This kit includes a Pro Training Case plus two SFX Creme Colour, Studio Finishing Powder, Makeup Brush Belt, Jumbo Eye Pencil, Makeup Setting Spray, Epic Eye Liner, Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, Colour Correcting Palette, Highlight & Contour Pro Palette and Ultimate Shadow Palette!
*Colours/shades of products gifted may vary

Third Prize courtesy of NYX Professional Makeup!

The third place winner of each category will receive a Pro Faves Goodie Bag including Studio Finishing Powder, Epic Ink Liner, Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, Colour Correcting Palette, Jumbo Eye Pencil, Makeup Setting Spray, Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, Ultimate Shadow Palette and Makeup Brush Belt!
*Colours/shades of products gifted may vary

Goodie Bags courtesy of NYX Professional Makeup!

The goodies from NYX Professional Makeup in our goodie bags include Soft Matte Lip Cream, High Definition Primer, Highlight Contour Palette, two Prismatic Shadows, Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette and Lip Lingerie.
*Colours/shades of products gifted may vary

First place winner of Student category

A FREE 1 day Makeup Masterclass at Nicci Jackson's studio in Stansted will be gifted to the winner of the Student category RRP £250

This prize has no monetary value and no alternative prize will be offered. The winner will need to cover their own travel costs whether in the UK or overseas to redeem this gift. 

Winners prizes courtesy of JT Makeup

JT Makeup is the company of Julia Townend, one of our fabulous head judges. Julia is offering the following prizes to winners of all categories:

1st Prize: JT Makeup Gold Leaf 250ml & JT Makeup Stencil

2nd Prize: JT Makeup Iridescent Discs 150 ml & JT Makeup Stencil

3rd Prize: JT Makeup Gold Leaf 30ml & JT Makeup Stencil

Our Head Judges for Brush Wars 2018!

Julia Townend

Julia Townend is a Makeup & Body Artist, guest speaker at UMAE, Olympia Beauty & War Paint (Professional Beauty), educator/mentor and product creator. Julia began working in the fashion industry as a makeup and body artist in the 1990’s initially working in the fashion industry. This led into working in television and theatre…

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Nicci Jackson

Working as an international Hair & Makeup artist Nicci’s career has spanned over 25 years. Her passion for the art of makeup has led her to collaborate with some of the industry’s leading celebrities, brands,  publications, production companies and pop stars. She has worked in all sectors of the industry including…

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Our judging panel for Brush Wars 2018!

Donna May Clitheroe

We’re very excited to announce that Donna May Clitheroe, makeup artist to many celebrities including the Loose Women, will be joining the Brush Wars judging panel for 2018!  Professional make-up artist to the stars, Donna May Clitheroe, is renowned for her trademark red lip and has designed a make-up mat and…

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Elizabeth McLafferty

Elizabeth McLafferty is currently the Programme Director International Study London College of Fashion University of the Arts London. Originally training as a hair and makeup artist at LCF Elizabeth worked on a variety of West End Theatre shows including Aspects of Love and Les Miserables. In 1991 Elizabeth developed the first HND Fashion Styling…

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Joyce Connor

We’re very excited to welcome Joyce Connor as a judge for Brush Wars 2018.  Joyce has a 22 year background in the cosmetic industry. Her love of make up started out while she was living in New York. Joyce visited all the make up counters each week to get an…

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Lauren Tween

Lauren Tween was the winner of Brush Wars 2017  in the Pro Category as well as winner of the student category in 2016. Lauren holds a First Class degree in BA Hons Special Make-Up Effects for Television, Film & Theatre as well as being MAC trained. Her work was recently…

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Louise Young

Louise Young has been a professional make-up artist for over thirty years and works in all areas of the make-up industry from fashion through to film, television, theatre and special effects. She also lectures in Media Make-up throughout the UK and has written both an HND and Btec National Diploma in Media Make-up…

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Luke Stephens

Luke Stephens is a British make-up artist & designer with over 20 years experience. Luke has become very well regarded in the industry, regularly directing the make-up for advertising campaigns, films, catwalk and editorial shoots for various publications. Skilled in both beauty and grooming, he is sought after for his vast knowledge and…

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Mandy Gold

Mandy Gold is a well known and highly respected makeup artist working in mainly feature film and TV. Mandy began her expansive career working in commercials and photographic makeup. Her film biography includes Phantom of The Opera, Elizabeth, Guardians of the Galaxy, An Education, Nine, The Young Victoria, Dagenham Girls, Snow White and…

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Maria Malone Guerbaa

My name is Maria Malone Guerbaa … I have been an artist all my life, growing up in Ireland as well as having a great interest in movies and SFX. I hoped I would work in films one day and left for London to train in Makeup Artistry at the prestigious CBMA…

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Mona Turnbull

Mona Turnbull’s view of life is through the prism of her artist’s eye. She has undertaken art study with some of the best in the business and now runs her own workshops from her artists studio as well as for various makeup schools. Mona’s enthusiasm and sparkling personality make her…

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Tanya Noor

We’re very excited to announce Tanya Noor, Head of Makeup at Phantom Of The Opera in London, will be joining our panel of judges for Brush Wars 2018!  Tanya trained at the prestigious London College of Fashion in the early 1990’s and has been an established Makeup Artist for over 25…

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Further information... From Head Judge Julia Townend: 

I am really excited to be back as one of the Head Judges for the Brush Wars Competitions at Olympia Beauty 2018. This year our theme is Circus Arcadia, its a theme symbolic of fashion, editorial and film. The Greatest Showman currently in cinemas will filter through into the catwalk presentations later on this year. Circus themes have been conveyed historically in decadent runway shows by Alexander McQueen (2001), Dior (2011), Manish Arora (2009) and even adorning the beautiful models in Victorias Secret Shows (2012). This year we have created 3 types of competition

Student Category

This allows students and recent graduates of makeup courses an opportunity to create a circus themed design incorporating makeup and body painting skills to develop a colourful artistic presentation.

Teen Glam

This allows teenagers aged between 14 - 16 years the opportunity to showcase their skills and will allow them to participate creating their design on themselves. There are many young teenagers experimenting with makeup at home and we are excited to see what creations they will come up with.

Instagram Category

This initially begins on instagram with contestants who will have at least 1500 followers. The final design will be placed on the contestants own page and the 20 finalists will selected by the majority of votes. These 20 finalists will join us on the competition day at Brush Wars at Olympia Beauty. I am inspired by our Circus theme for 2018 and also to be introducing our new competitions to the Brush Wars Categories

Our judges come from a variety of working in fashion, film and theatre to cover different sections of the competitions.



Lauren Tween_Pro MU_2017 Winner


1st  Lauren Tween
2nd  Ladawan Phengprakhon
3rd  Suzanna Forrister-Beer
Comm by Sophie Hill


1st  Breanna Follett
2nd  Miriana Savino
3rd  Leah Norris
Comm by Sophie Hill


1st  Venice Marshall
2nd  Liz Bylett
3rd  Margarita Sajeta-Vasilko


1st  Nadine Nettlingham
2nd  Habeedah Dar