Wolverhampton Trainee Make-up Artist Crowned the UK’s Best Upcoming Stylist

An aspiring make-up artist from Wolverhampton has beaten contenders from across the UK to be crowned the nation’s best up-and-coming stylist in our competition. Lance Breakwell came out on top in “Create the Look 2017”, our campaign which invited budding hair stylists, make-up artists, beauticians, and nail technicians from salons and colleges across the country to showcase their talent by sharing their most inspired creations.

Lance Breakwell came out on top in “Create the Look 2017”, our campaign which invited budding hair stylists, make-up artists, beauticians, and nail technicians from salons and colleges across the country to showcase their talent by sharing their most inspired creations.

Lance, a trainee make-up artist at the MAKUP Academy for Film and Media Make-up wowed the “Create the Look” judges and received the most votes from the general public for his submission.

He commented: “Before I started my make-up course I was set on going into special effects (SFX) make-up. I had never used eye shadow before or even attempted any beauty or contemporary looks, but during the 16 weeks at the MAKUP Academy, studying under Veronica McAleer, I learned so many new skills that I’m continuing to develop.”

The judges also announced two runners-up; Eric Joey Jones, 17 from Southport who is a hairdressing student at Hugh Baird Liverpool College and Amber Coates, 18 from Ipswich who is a beauty therapy student at Suffolk One College.

In addition to being crowned the UK’s best up-and-coming stylist in this competition, the overall winner will receive a professional photoshoot experience for their winning “look”, a 2017 winner’s plaque, as well as a selection of hair and beauty products from Lookfantastic.com worth up to £200.

Two runners-up will also each receive a runner-up plaque, plus some luxury hair and beauty products, and equipment from Lookfantastic.com.

The top 10 finalists, displayed in a gallery at https://www.smeinsurance.com/createthelook/, were as follows:

  1. Alexandra Fitzgerald, a make-up artist from Birmingham.
  2. Amber Coates, a beauty therapist from Ipswich.
  3. Eloise Hall, a fashion journalism student from London.
  4. Ellie Smith, a hair and beauty student from Leeds.
  5. Ellie Gunby, a hair and beauty student from Leeds.
  6. Emily Coe, a hairdressing apprentice from Halifax.
  7. Eric Joey Jones, a hairdressing student from Southport.
  8. Lance Breakwell, a trainee make-up artist from Wolverhampton.
  9. Ryan Sparrow, a hair stylist from Ipswich.
  10. Tiffany Chapman, a make-up artist from Ipswich.

Jonathan Webber, the Commercial Director here at SME Insurance Services, stated: “We were blown away by the quality of entries received from up and coming hair stylists, make-up artists, and beauticians from across the UK. Each of the finalists has exceptional talent and Lance, Eric, and Amber are very passionate about their profession in the industry.

“For the second year running, Create the Look has once again helped shine a spotlight on the creative talent that is emerging within the UK’s hair and beauty sector. This unique opportunity provided the perfect platform for the finalists to demonstrate their passion and skills to a wider audience, and we hope this accolade will provide the boost Lance, Eric and Amber need for a successful career in this creative industry.”

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