Welcome to Olympia Beauty 2019!

Olympia Beauty presents... Brush Wars 2019

Brush Wars welcomes make-up artists from across the world to the competition floor. Judged by our very own panel of industry experts renowned worldwide, Brush Wars hosts a fashion makeup and bodypaint competition, renowned as the most visually compelling competition held at Olympia Beauty. Brush Wars 2019 welcomes both Professional and Student make up artists to the competition arena and is doubling the number of competition seats available, due to increased demand in 2018! Register today to secure your place!

Announcing the theme for Brush Wars 2019...

The Genius of Alexander McQueen

The competition this year will offer separate sections for Fashion Makeup and Body Painting.
Our theme for the Brush Wars Competition 2019 will focus on the work of Alexander McQueen. We visited the exhibition “Savage Beauty” at the V&A & were inspired by his iconic designs mixing the worlds of history, Film, the beautiful, the grotesque and nature. He was named the Edward Scissorhands of fashion, the East End bad boy. He was an enigma in the fashion world but in death he has become an icon with an archive of work that mirrors fantasy and reality. His body of work encaptures undertones of romantic themed mixes laced with melancholy. McQueen’s designs were brave, courageous offering a balance of dystopia versus regency.
Using reference from the archive of Alexander McQueen design a creation inspired by the essence of his work. Mix darkness with diamonds, floral with moths, nostalgia with fantasy. Nicci and I invite you to create a vision inspired by Alexander McQueen, the ultimate and visionary storyteller.

Head Judges Julia & Nicci

Find out what previous competitors have to say. Read our testimonials here! 


Date: Monday 30th September 2019

Venue: Olympia Beauty, Gallery Level, The Grand Hall, Olympia London, W14 8UX

At Brush Wars you get the opportunity to showcase your skills in front of leading professionals in the industry. Make sure you sign up today for your place in the most exciting competition in town!

PRIZES: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a certificate and trophy, accompanied by a wealth of exclusive gifts from our sponsors. As a competitor you’ll receive a certificate of participation. Every participant in the Brush Wars competition will be required to take part in a cat walk presentation after your look has been judged.


The categories explained...

Professional Fashion Makeup

£69 per competition
  • You must have a minimum of 2 years experience working as a makeup artist to compete as a professional

Professional Bodypainting

£69 per competition
  • You must have a minimum of 2 years experience working as a bodypaint artist to compete as a professional

Student Fashion Makeup

£35 per competition
  • You must be the student of a professional make up artistry school, college or programme to compete and specify which course on application.

Student Bodypainting

£35 per competition
  • You must be the student of a professional make up artistry school, college or programme to compete and specify which course on application.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have completed registration and payment for Brush Wars 2019, your entry is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Competition times for Brush Wars 2019 - Monday 30th September

All categories (timings are all subject to change):

09.00 - 09.30: Registration for all categories
09.30 - 10.00: Prep time for all categories
10.00 - 13.00: All competitions take place
13.00 - 14.30: Judging commences on all categories
15.00 - 15.30: Brush Wars awards ceremony takes place on the Brush Wars stage
15.30 - 15.45: Cat walk on the red carpet

What's in your goody bag?

BADgal BANG! volumising mascara and it's potent! eye cream samples from Benefit Cosmetics

BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR* FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. Its custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH!
*instrumental test on 21 women

Your eyes can't keep a secret...they're the first to show signs of age & stress. it's potent! eye cream ' fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts and loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage.

Find out more about these incredible products here!

Sponsored by The World Bodypainting Festival

The World Bodypainting Festival is a celebration of body painting and the staging of the human body as an art object and is also an experience space filled with music, shows and experimental performances. Furthermore the WBF provides not only a platform for participants to meet other talented artists from all around the world but also the possibility to present their art works in front of an interested and international audience. The winner of the Brush Wars 2019 is guaranteed to participate in the World Championships during the WBF 2020, which is a unique and exceptional experience.

If you're interested in the opportunities surrounding Brush Wars at Olympia Beauty 2019, including judges and sponsorships please email Laura Tarling at Laura.tarling@olympiabeauty.co.uk