2015’s Makeup Contest

The 2015 Crypticon Seattle Makeup Contest

_MG_0146The contest is 5 competitors competing before a live audience at the convention. All 5 Artists have access to a sponsor’s professional stage makeup kit along with a limited supply of items from the contest pantry. 2 hours prior to the contest, our competitors receive a briefing of the competition as well as the theme for this years contest. At the end of two hours, their creations will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on technique, design, artistic creativity and originality, and adherence to theme.

The road to the contest starts in 2014 when we open our entries and work with our sponsors for prize offerings. We accept entries up to the cutoff on April 5th, 2015. At this time we will tally our entries and if necessary, conduct an elimination round at a local sponsor. Finally, the final 5 will compete at the convention. Our prizes in the past have included a year subscription to Stan Winston School’s makeup program, a professional makeup kit from PNTA, and a year digital subscription to Makeup Artist Magazine.

The fine print and rules:

  • Submission deadline is April 5, 2015. Late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Valid entries must include artist’s
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • $20 non-refundable submission fee (collected on website).
  • for your qualifier, you may present an online video of your work (no more than an hour application condensed to around 5 minutes) of a character of your choice or 5 digital photos of your work. A link will be provided in the submission area to accept your entry fee and your pictures or link to your online video
  • Returning artists who submitted entries in 2014 should contact the contest organizer (rob at CrypticonSeattle dot com) before submitting entry. Please submit work done only within the past year.
  • The non refundable submission fee does not include entrance to the convention; this must purchased separately. The organizers strongly suggest purchasing your convention entrance prior to the day of the competition.
  • All valid entries received before the deadline will be considered by judges. Only 5 entries will pass the primary round to compete at the convention.
  • Artist must be available to participate in the contest on Sat., May 25. Time details will be announced later.
  • Artist must check in on Sat. May 25 by 1 p.m. at registration with the organizer. Failure to check in will result in disqualification as a NO SHOW.
  • A model will be provided for the contest. Artist and model should be aware that this process will take several hours and clothing may be soiled, distressed, and bloodied. Crypticon will provide t-shirts to each model.
  • Artists will be given a sponsor supplied makeup kit for use, with some additional items available on a first come, first serve basis. The kit will be returned to the sponsor following the competition.
  • Artists will NOT be allowed to use personal makeup items (colors, brushes, effects, accessories, etc) in their creation.
  • Artists will have 120 minutes to create their best FX Horror effect on their model. The contest will be held in an area in full view of the public.
  • Judging and feedback will take place on the main stage in the Vendor area.
  • NO trademarked or licensed characters may be reproduced.
  • The judging categories are Adherence to Theme, Design, Use of Materials, Techniques of Application, and Professionalism with points for Creativity and Originality.
  • The decisions of the contest judges are final.cropped-mucontest1-2014