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Theatrical and Media Make-Up Students Win Professional College Award

Theatrical and media make-up students from Coleg Gwent participated in the Professional Beauty show sponsored by industry magazine Warpaint Monday in London. The college won the Professional College Award.

“This award shows a consistency of talent, because both our students had to produce work of a high standard,” said tutor Maria Retter. Crosskeys Campus students Samantha Swift and Cerys Tugwell represented their college in the event. Although neither student won the coveted individual body painting category, the school was awarded for achieving the highest average score across all make-up categories.

The award is given in association with the Association of Therapy Lecturers to recognise the pre-competition work and effort put in by the lecturers, students and models to attain the level of competence demonstrated on the day of the competition. “I am delighted because it is a reflection of the quality of our course,” said Retter.

The Professional Beauty show is the largest of its kind in the UK. According to Retter, about 100 individuals competed in the show’s contest. Each participant was allowed only three and half hours to prepare their models for judging. The students developed their creations in correlation with the competitions myths and legends theme. Swift created White Willow and Tugwell submitted Singin Siren.

Students on Coleg Gwent’s theatrical and media make-up course are in the training for careers in theatre, television or photography. They are taught how to apply make-up for stage and film. They are also taught special effect make-up such as aging, scars and wig-making.

Kate Watkins

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