28 Aug 2017

Australia’s most talented makeup artists have been announced at the Face2Face Makeup Awards, which took place at Beauty Expo Australia over the weekend at the ICC Sydney. The renowned national competitions are a highlight of the industry and aim to reward extraordinary makeup artists for their craft, creativity and passion.

 Beauty Expo Australia represents a significant platform for the entrants’ talent to be recognised in front of thousands of beauty professionals and industry heavyweights, who come together under one roof for unparalleled access to networking, innovations, and inspiring trends from the world of beauty.

From 72 awards entrants in 2017, five winners were chosen across five creative categories – Beauty Editorial, Body Art, Bridal, Creative Makeup, and Fashion Catwalk – by an esteemed judging panel, including Creative Director of the awards, Becca Gilmartin.

“The awards this year have been amazing. I think the awards represent an even playing field for everyone – whether you’re an amateur, a student, or a professional – it’s all about the competition on the day. There’s no other competition that I know of that puts the artist under this sort of pressure to create something that they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do… It’s a really good activity to be involved in to push yourself”, said Becca.

Winner of the Beauty Editorial category, Isabelle De Vries, who also took out the Fashion Catwalk category and was placed second in the Bridal category, will have her image collection published in a future issue of Australia’s “Beauty Bible”, LAUD magazine, and will be featured as the publication’s RISE artist for makeup.

“The editorial award came as a massive shock – I was the runner-up last year, so to win just means so much to me. Editorial and runway makeup are my loves, I’m so passionate about them and to receive feedback from such an incredibly talented judging panel, who were all so supportive, made the win that much more special. I enjoyed participating in the awards and I’ll definitely be entering again next year!”, said Isabelle.

2017 Face2Face Makeup Awards winners

Beauty Editorial – My Beauty Brand

First place: Isabelle De Vries, Perth WA

Runner up: Lilah Gow, Canberra ACT

Body Art – Art is Life

First place: Betty Junicic, Sydney NSW

Runner up: Kel Mcilwain, Nowra NSW

Bridal – The Modern Bride

First place: Maggie Wang, Sydney NSW

Runner up: Isabelle De Vries, Perth WA

Creative Makeup – The Club Kids of Sydney

First place: Cate Arthur, Singleton NSW

Runner up: Akoya Tamada, Sydney NSW

Fashion Catwalk – Trend Prediction

First place: Isabelle De Vries, Perth WA

Runner up: Pearlin Bracewell, Perth WA

The Face2Face Makeup Awards were one of many highlights from Australia’s biggest beauty trade event, Beauty Expo Australia, which wrapped up its 2017 edition with a huge 45 per cent increase in exhibitors and 7,651 visits through the doors over 26-27 August.


Show dates:
Saturday 24 August 2019
Sunday 25 August 2019

International Convention Centre Sydney
(ICC Sydney)
Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000

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