Fantasy became reality for one Calderdale College student who scooped a top prize at the National Make-up Artists Awards.
Charlotte Bottomley, who studies Hair and Media Make-up at the college, fought off tough competition from 37 other students from across the country to claim the top title in the fantasy category.
The prestigious competition is held annually and this year’s fantasy category was based on the hit TV show Game of Thrones.
Entrants into this category were asked to design a new character for the show and Charlotte dazzled judges with her work.
Charlotte said: “I made my character into a centaur and made all the prosthetic pieces for the ears and horns and then applied the make-up. It took about three weeks to complete. It means a lot to have won, I couldn’t stop shaking. I can put it on my CV and portfolio.”
Charlotte has been studying Level 3 Hair, Media Make-up at Calderdale College and is moving on to university this September to study Special Effects.
She added: “I have really enjoyed my course, it has gone really fast, we all get on really well and it is good because you have the theory, but you have a lot of practical to; so it’s something different every day so it is nice.
“Without this course I wouldn’t have been able to get into university, once I have finished university I will have a degree behind me, but I will also have a Level 3 course.
“It has also given me the experience; I can now make my own special effects, but I couldn’t have done that last year.”
Pamela Claire, Hair, Media Make-up Lecturer said: “As Charlotte’s lecturer I was extremely proud and pleased because she has done so many competitions this year and nearly got placed, but this time it was really awarded well and she got an outstanding ovation from everybody in the crowd at the National Make-up Artists Awards.
“It was really good that she won in front of some really top judges, so I am really excited and proud of her.
“It was well deserved.”
The Level 3 Hair and Media Make-up course at the college aims to provide students with a good start in a highly competitive industry, giving those on the course the chance to either progress on to university or develop the skills needed to jump straight into the industry.