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Crypticon Seattle Makeup Competition

May 20, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pictured Above – Taelor Cansler’s winning entry for the 2022 Crypticon Seattle Makeup Competition.

This competition features 5 artists applying makeup before a live audience at the convention for fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Stan Winston School of Character Arts returns to sponsor our contest, offering the grand prize winner a full year subscription to Stan Winston’s On-Demand course library, and a custom trophy from Cast of Thousands Studio . First and second runners-up also receive a limited subscription to Stan Winston’s library of Effects class videos.
Rules and Details

The contest is closed for 2022. Contest notices will appear on the Facebook site.
When the contest is reopened for 2023, please read the fine print and the rules before submitting.
Submission deadline of April 1, 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.
Valid entries must include artist’s
Phone number
Email address
$20 non-refundable submission fee

Returning artists who submitted entries in 2022 should contact the contest organizer (Rob Buchta) before submitting the entry. Please submit work done only within the past year.
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. An upload folder will be provided in the submission area for your pictures or link to your online video, and the submit button will take you to another page to accept your entry fee.
The non-refundable submission fee does not include entrance to the convention; this must be 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. Competitors eliminated during this phase are eligible to return to compete next year.
Artist must be available to participate in the contest on Saturday, between 3 and 6 pm.
Artist must check in on Saturday by 1 p.m. at registration with the organizer. Failure to check in will result in disqualification as a NO SHOW.
Please supply your own model- who should also be a con goer. If you have no model available, please let the organizer know. Artist and model should be aware that this process will take several hours, and clothing may be soiled, distressed, and bloodied.
Artists will use their own kits and supplies and will not be reimbursed for materials.
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 in the competition 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
If you have question regarding the makeup contest, contact rob@crypticonseattle.com

Event Location:


Northwest Ballroom 3