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All competition rules & judging criteria copyright of The Lash Games 2022

Rules & Judging Criteria

There are 4 competition Categories.

Each Category has 3 Entry Levels determined by experience or proven ability.

Each Category and Level will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.

Categories

Classic

One to one lash application

Light Volume

3-6D application

Lash Lift

Includes tint

Freestyle

You have artistic freedom to create bespoke volume lash designs, whether your signature set is fluffy, textured, wispy or spiky!

Entry Levels

Beginner

Classic / Volume / Freestyle

On the day of the competition, it is less than 2 years’ since your 1st qualifying certificate in Lash Extension Application was issued.

Lash Lift

On the day of the competition, it is less than 2 years’ since your 1st qualifying certificate in Lash Lifting (Perming / Lamination) was issued.

Master

Classic / Volume

On the day of the competition, it is (or will be) more than 2 years’ since your 1st qualifying certificate in Lash Extension Application was issued.

Lash Lift

On the day of the competition, it is or will be more than 2 years’ since your 1st qualifying certificate in Lash Lifting (Perming / Lamination) was issued.

Expert

Anyone who has placed either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Live or Online Lash Competition at anytime and anywhere in the world.

Entry Level Examples

You want to enter the Volume Category.

  • Your 1st Volume qualification was issued 12 months before the day of the competition.
  • Your 1st Classic qualification was 2.5 years before the day of the competition.

Your Entry Level is Master as you have more than 2 years’ experience overall.

 

You also want to enter the Lash Lift Category.

  • Your 1st Lash Lift qualification was 9 months before the day of the competition.

Your Entry Level in the Lash Lift Category is the Beginner level.

 

You want to enter the Lash Lift Category.

  • Your 1st qualification was 9 months before the day of the competition.
  • You won 3rd place in a Lash Extension competition (not Lash Lift).

Your Entry Level in the Lash Lift Category is the Beginner level.

 

You want to enter the Lash Lift Category.

  • Your 1st qualification was 9 months before the day of the competition.
  • You won 3rd place in a Lash Lift competition.

Your Entry in the Lash Lift Category is the Expert level.

 

If you are a Lash Trainer and have yet to win any competitions, you should enter the level that befits your experience.

  • On the day of the competition, if it is less than 2 years since your first Lash Extension or Lash Lift qualification, this would be the Beginner level.

We have determined that this fair as being a Lash Trainer requires a different set of skills to that of being a Lash Artist.

Judging Criteria

You are encouraged to study the Judging Criteria and the Competition Rules carefully. If you need any clarification, it’s your responsibility to seek it in advance of the competition. You risk losing points if you do not follow or understand the Judging Criteria and you risk disqualification if you do not follow the Competition Rules.

This Live competition is strictly time bound. You have the following timescales to treat both eyes:

  • Classic: 2.5 hours
  • Volume: is 3.5 hours
  • Lash Lift: 1.5 hours
  • Freestyle: 3 hours
  • Each Category will run independently of each other. You will be able to compete in all 4 Categories if you wish. It is advisable to bring one model for each Category that you enter.
  • Each Category has specific Judging Criteria that covers all of the elements being assessed in that Category.

Specific Rules for the Lash Extension Categories

  • Only reputable products may be used. They should be in their original packaging and not be siphoned into unmarked containers or bottles. In the interests of safety, competitors will not be allowed to compete with questionable products.
  • Competitors can draw lash maps on the lower lash protection (eye pads or suitable tapes. Placing marks on the skin that act as a map or help to map is permitted – so long as the product used was designed for safe use on the skin. Please note: Sharpie pens and the like were not designed to be used to write on eyelid skin and they are not permitted.
  • In the interests of safety, infant lashes that are too young and fragile to carry an extension or Volume Fan should NOT be treated. You will lose points if you treat and overload an infant lash.

 

Volume fans:

  • Making fans by Finger pinching and similar methods are acceptable.
  • Crystallising to lock the base of Volume Fans with adhesive is acceptable.
  • Pre-made, Pro-Made or Home-Made Fans CAN NOT be used. Competitors MUST make their Volume Fans during the competition.
  • The lower lash protection (eye pads or tape) are assessed as a part of the Clean Work element in the judging criteria. Floor Judges will check to ensure that competitors do not swap them for fresh ones. If the pads or tapes need to be changed because of soiling or discomfort, they should be placed on the judging sheet in the designated position along with the next set used following treatment. Anyone who is found to have disposed of their eye pads or tapes - whether deliberately or accidentally - will be disqualified.

Judging

  • Judges are experienced Lash Artists and proven experts in their field.
  • Assessment scores are based on strict Judging Criteria that is described against each of the Elements. All work is assessed against the same criteria.
  • Judges are briefed the day before the Competition to ensure that they understand all elements of the Judging Criteria so their interpretation of them is consistent.
  • The judging process is strictly anonymous. The judges will not know the identity of the competitor. This is strictly managed in the interests of fairness. For example, competitors compete under an Entry Code. Floor Judges do not award points but check for compliance with the rules of the competition. They do not have contact with the Judges who directly assess your work until after the judging process is complete.
  • Judges use a 0-10 point scoring system for every Element in the Judging Criteria.
    • 10 points = Highest score. Awarded for exceptional work in a judging element.
    • 0 points = Lowest score. An area that offers an opportunity for improvement.
  • A model who has seemingly symmetrical features and healthy natural lashes will showcase your work more effectively. This competition assesses the overall look that suits your models face shape, eye shape, brow shape and the like. This competition does NOT assess how attractive the models are or how amazing their personality is. Judging is based on an objective assessment of your work alone.
  • A number of judges will assess each model. To ensure consistency throughout the Category, the same Judges will assess the same elements, being a maximum of 3 of them. For example, one judge may assess the overall look whilst another assesses the attachment, distance from lid and direction.
  • Score sheets will show the points given for each of the Judging Criteria by their Judge and a total score.
  • Competitors will receive their Score sheet after the winners are announced.
  • Where a learning opportunity exists, Judges will provide written feedback on their scoresheet to help the competitor understand their rationale. Judging is time limited so it will be brief.
  • At the event of a tie or draw, the competitor with the highest points for certain Elements in order of their importance (hierarchy) will be deemed the winner. The hierarchy of the Elements are listed in ascending order in the Judging Criteria.

For example, in the Classic Category, the Style and Overall Look would be the first Element. The competitor who scores more highly in this Element will win. If this Element is also tied, then the next one is considered, being Symmetry – and so on.

In the rare event that both competitors have scored the maximum points available, their positions will be tied.

  • Judges’ decisions are final. They will not be subject to debate but clarity may be sought after the competition where the Judges availability permits.

Models

  • Competitors are responsible for bringing their own models.
  • Models must 16 years of age or over.
  • The organisers DO NOT provide models or assist in finding them.
  • Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their model is suitable for treatment (e.g. no contra-indications).
  • Competitors are responsible for looking after their models welfare and needs. It’s wise to ensure that they are hydrated and nourished before the competition and have an opportunity to visit the toilet before the competition starts.
  • Competitors are responsible for briefing their model on what to expect. They will be laying still for the duration of the competition and will then be directly chaperoned into the Judging area. In the interests of fairness, this is supervised.
  • Models must be free of all eye makeup. This includes make up worn along the lower lash line, eyelid and the brow.
  • Models must not be wearing semi-permanent eyeliner.
  • Models MUST be sober and in good health.
  • Models must not be wearing any lash extensions. Their lashes are assessed before the competition starts by a Floor Judge so participants will not be able to remove them during the competition.

Equipment

  • Couch, chair, lamp, trolley and rubbish bins are provided for each competitor.
  • Competitors are not permitted to bring an extra lamp due to strict adherence to Health and Safety provisions.
  • Competitors may bring their own disposable couch roll, pillows and blankets.
  • All Competitors should have hand sanitiser as a part of their kit.
  • Only reputable products may be used. They should be in their original packaging and not be siphoned into unmarked containers or bottles. In the interests of safety, competitors will not be permitted to compete with questionable products.
  • Competitors are strongly advised to bring a bottle of water and have the means to keep track of time.

Competitors

  • Competitors must follow ALL the Competition Rules.
  • Competitors must refrain from any unsafe and therefore dangerous application practices or techniques. If in doubt, contact the organisers for advice before the day of the competition.
  • For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of safety, needle pens are not permitted to be used (sometimes used for isolation). Strictly, tweezers only.
  • Competitors must wear appropriate clothing, for example, no trailing sleeves.
  • Long hair must be tied back during the competition.
  • Jewellery should be minimal to avoid harming your model.
  • Strict standards of hygiene and cleanliness must be observed at all times.
  • Mobile phones must be set to a silent mode. No ring tones or alarms are allowed.
  • Competitors MUST be sober and in good health.
  • Competitors who do not understand English must bring their own translator. They must be present during the briefing following Registration. They must remain in a designated area for the duration of the competition should their services be required to help a competitor communicate with a Floor Judge.

Non-UK Competitors

  • Non-UK competitors will not be required to provide proof of insurance upon registration, but must satisfy all of the requisite requirements to practice in their home country.
  • Upon registration they will be asked to tick a box to state they accept full responsibility for themselves and their model to compete in The Lash Games.
  • The Lash Games Organisers will be undertaking proportionate due diligence around competency to practice by receiving and reviewing a copy of their qualifying certificate to practice. If this does not satisfy the organisers, they will contact the competitor to discuss.

The Competition

Registration

20 minutes

  • Competitors should arrive in good time and register at the Registration desk during the allocated times. Competitors who are late will not be admitted as it’s disruptive to other competitors.
  • Models will be issued with their unique Competition Code on a wrist band that must be worn until after the judging process is complete.
  • Before entering the competition area: Floor Judges will check the models natural lashes for any visible signs of pre-existing lash damage or visible contraindications in and around the eye area.
  • Classic / Volume / Freestyle: check that no extensions are present.
  • Lash Lift: check that the lashes haven’t been pre-treated.
  • Only competitors and their models may enter the Competition Floor following registration. No unauthorised persons will be permitted without the express permission from the organiser or Floor Judges.

 

Briefing and Preparation

10 minutes

  • All Competitors and models must wait to be briefed BEFORE setting up. This will take no more than 2 minutes. Note: This is not the time to ask questions about the competition criteria as this should be clarified before the competition day to help with planning and preparation.
  • Competitors may then prepare their workstation by laying out their tools and products on their trolley. These will be checked by the Floor Judges during the competition to ensure that their products are permissible.
  • Competitors may prepare their couch with disposable couch roll, pillow.
  • Competitors may cleanse their models lashes only. They must NOT perform any other part of the treatment. Applying the under eye protection may NOT be done at this stage.
  • This is a time limited competition. In the interests of fairness, all competitors MUST start their treatments at the same time. This will be announced and the competition clock starts.

Any contestant who starts any of the treatment process before this announcement WILL be disqualified.

  • All kit bags or cases MUST to be stowed away under the contestants couch to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Competition Time

Classic: 2.5 hours

Volume: 3.5 hours

Lash Lift: 1.5 hours

Freestyle: 3 hours

 

  • Announcements about the amount of time remaining will be made at 30 minute intervals. The final countdown will be announced at the 10, 5 and 1 minute marks.
  • Competitors and models must remain at their workstations for the duration of the competition, even if the competitor finishes early.
  • Competitors and Models should raise their hand to attract the attention a Floor Judge or Organiser if needed. For example, they or their model needs a toilet break. Models will be chaperoned in the interests of fairness.
  • Competitors and models should refrain from consulting with or seeking assistance from other competitors and models.
  • Talking above a whisper is strictly prohibited.
  • Using a mobile phone during the competition is strictly prohibited.
  • Consuming food and alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited.
  • Competitors should complete the Description by the Stylist section on their Judging Sheet during the competition time. Time will NOT be given for this once the competition ends.

Allow 2 minutes for this task.

    • Competitors should place ALL of their models lower lash protection (eye pads and tapes) on the Judging sheet in the space provided.

End of the Competition

  • An announcement will be made instructing competitors to stop work immediately. Any competitor who fails to comply will be disqualified.
  • Competitors should give their model the following:
    • Their Judging Sheet
    • Sealed packet of eye pads
    • Mascara wand
  • Competitors must direct their model to wait at their workstation.
  • Competitors are responsible for making sure that their model understands the importance of the judging procedure.
  • Competitors will have a maximum of 5 minutes to pack their kit away and leave the Competition Floor with ALL their belongings.
  • The Judging process will then commence.
  • Models must remain the judging area until their treatment has been assessed by each judge. This can take time. Models attract the attention a Floor Judge or Organiser if needed. For example, they need a toilet break. Models will be chaperoned in the interests of fairness.
  • Any model who leaves the judging area before judging is complete, will be disqualified.

General Competition Rules

  • No refunds of competition fees are given.
  • Competition entrance fees are non-transferable.
  • Competition is open to qualified/certified lash technicians of all skill levels.
  • The Lash Games reserves the right to refuse entry to any competitor.
  • Competitors must be at least 16 years old.
  • Competitors must specify the competition Category and Level they are entering when the registration form is filled out. For example, Classic Category at Beginner level. The Entry Level is based on your time as a certified lash technician or on your proven ability (competition winner).
  • Once a competitor has registered, they cannot change their Category or Level.
  • Where it is found that a competitor has competed at the wrong Level, they will be disqualified. If in doubt, check with the organisers before entering.
  • Competitors must submit a copy of their FIRST lash extension application or Lash Lift certificate as appropriate to ensure their eligibility to participate.
  • All competitors MUST be insured at the time of competing. They need to be able to evidence this if they are subject to a random check during Registration. Anyone who is not insured or cannot show evidence of such, will be disqualified.
  • All photos/video taken by The Lash Games personnel or contractors are the sole property of the organiser, to be used in whatever fashion deemed appropriate by the organiser without compensation to the competitors.

Timetable

Sunday 2nd October 2021

8am Classic Registration. All Levels
8.20am Competitors Briefing and Set Up
8.30am Competition Starts (2.5 hours)
11am Competition ends
11.05am Competitors leave Competition Floor / Judging begins

 

15 min turnaround

 

11.20am Freestyle Registration. All Levels
11.40am Competitors Briefing and Set Up
11.50am Competition Starts (3 hours)
2.50pm Competition ends
2.55pm Competitors leave Competition Floor / Judging begins
4.45pm Winners announced

 

Floor Judges working 7.40am - 4pm

Assessors working 10.45am – 4.30pm

 

Monday 3rd October 2021

8am Volume Registration. All Levels
8.20am Competitors Briefing and Set Up
8.30am Competition Starts (3.5 hours)
12pm Competition ends
12.05pm Competitors leave Competition Floor / Judging begins

 

15 min turnaround

 

12.20pm Lash Lift Registration. All Levels
12.40pm Competitors Briefing and Set Up
12.50pm Competition Starts (1.5 hours)
2.20pm Competition ends
2.25pm Competitors leave Competition Floor / Judging begins
4.30pm Winners announced

 

Floor Judges working 7.40am - 4pm

Assessors working 10.45am – 4.30pm

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