Theatrical Makeup student Lacy Mardle went head to head with the best in the country when she competed in the finals of the Jane Iredale National make-up competition.

The competition saw almost 300 entrants whittled down to just six who took part in the finals at the Jane Iredale 2017 College Programme Make-Up Competition in London.

Lacy, who studies Theatrical Special Effects Hair & Media Make-up Diploma Level 3, made it through to the finals after submitting a stunning piece of work based on the theme of animals on earth and beyond.

The live final involved Lacy recreating the look using only Jane Iredale make-up products, before it was judged by a panel of industry experts. After creating her piece, Lacy’s model took part in a catwalk to show off the overall look, before lining up to be judged.

Brand Manager, Anushka Patel added: “We are extremely impressed with the calibre of entries this year; the interpretation of this year's theme has been fantastic. It's encouraging to see so much young talent within our industry, and the student competition is a really great way for us to showcase and celebrate that talent.”

After deliberation, Lacy was announced as one of the runners-up, but despite not getting a medal this time, she relished the experience.

Lacy said: “I was nervous but so excited and once I got started, there was no stopping me. There were people walking around the room admiring our work, waiters coming round with food and drink and even a magician for entertainment! The competition was a great experience. It was amazing from the moment I got there until the moment I left. It was a life-changing experience and I loved every second of it.”

“To be chosen from over 200 entries is winning in itself, and has opened so many opportunities for me. Even though I didn't win, I still get the chance to go on their advanced training program, as well as being able to order and have access to all of their products with a massive discount, which is great.”

Amy Bolton, Lacy’s tutor said: “Lacy was a finalist out of nearly 300 applicants in the competition. It is a fantastic achievement, as there were contestants from all over the UK and Ireland. We could not praise Lacy highly enough on the professional way she has conducted herself and represented the College to the highest standard. Well done Lacy!”

Already a rising star, Lacy is now preparing to take part in another competition in June.

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