Thank you to everyone who competed in 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 2020 will take place on Monday 5th October - registration will open in December 2019! 

Announcing The Brush Wars 2019 Winners

Bodypainting Professional Category
1st place: Karen Huwen
2nd place: Suzanna Forester-Beer
3rd place: Sue Bardwell
Bodypainting Student Category
1st place: Gabriel Marques
2nd place: Lianne Charleston (Bradford College)
3rd place: Hayley Shirley (Swindon College)

Fashion Make Up Professional Category
1st Akoya Tamada
2nd Diana Rakickaja
3rd Ella Tebbutt

Fashion Make Up Student Category
1st Kitty Knox
2nd Lewis Bavister
3rd Lisa Finley

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

Sponsored by Real Techniques

Reveal your inner expert with quality brushes + online tutorials. Designed with professional makeup artists and top-rated YouTube beauty gurus Sam and Nic Chapman, RealTechniques®, the UK’s Number 1 Selling Makeup Tool Brand1, brushes feature custom cut UltraPlush®synthetic bristles that help create flawless results. 1IRI U.K., 52-week GBP sales ending March 2019.

If you're interested in the opportunities surrounding Brush Wars at Olympia Beauty 2020, including judges and sponsorships please email Laura Tarling at