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Emma’s made up by her rosy win

Emma Bartholomew took part in the MUA (Make-Up Artist) Awards for students and achieved third place in the bridal category. Her success has boosted her ambitions to work as a freelance bridal make-up artist in the future.

The 27-year-old student at Kidderminster Academy had just 90 minutes to create a blushing bride look and was thrilled by the outcome.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I was really pleased I did so well,” said Emma. “The competition theme was ‘English Rose’, something I was instantly inspired by. The metallic rose colour is quite popular at the moment, so I decided to use this shade in a way that would bring out a bride’s features.

“My model was my boyfriend’s sister, Carlie. She got married two years’ ago and jumped at the opportunity to be a bride again! She has green eyes, so the metallic rose effect enhanced her features brilliantly.”

As part of the competition, Emma was asked to prepare a mood board and creative brief describing her ideas and planning process. The judges were so impressed by her work that she was awarded a glass trophy, certificate and gift voucher for cosmetics as her prizes.

“This has been a really good experience for me,” continued Emma. “I’ve always loved make-up. After working in retail for six years and having a baby, I decided this was the time for me to follow my ambitions. I’m keen to take up any opportunity that improves my skills and helps me make a name for myself within the industry.

“Student winners in the MUA Awards are eligible to enter next year’s competition, so I’m also considering taking part again and hopefully doing even better.”

Karen Evans, lecturer at Kidderminster Academy added: “Emma has been passionate about bridal make-up from day one of her course, so she was ideal for this competition. All her classmates and staff are delighted by her success.

“She is incredibly creative and has a good eye for what works visually. We’ve no doubt she will achieve her career goals.”

Emma is studying a Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Styling and Media Make-up. For information about courses, visit

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