The BBC Three series Glow Up sees ten aspiring make-up artists battle it out to be named Britain’s next make-up star.

The series is hosted by Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley, and each week the contestants take on real-world professional assignments and creative tasks.

The winner of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make Up Star will bag themselves a contract assisting some of the world’s top make-up artists. However, the contestants already have plenty of make-up experience under their belts.

If you want to take a look at some of their most fabulous make-up creations, you don’t have to look any further than their amazing Instagram accounts.

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  • Age: 27
  • Profession: Specialist hair and media make-up student
  • Instagram@the_craft_mua 

Bio: Steph is a specialist hair and media make-up student at University College Birmingham.

She was named editorial student make-up artist of the year a the National Make Up Awards in 2016.

During her studies, she has worked on TV shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, and has worked as a special effects make-up artist in the DVD feature film The Exorcism of Karen Walker.


Bio: Paige currently works as a retail assistant and is an aspiring make-up artist.

Her mum wanted her to follow in the footsteps of her brother and sister and become a doctor or a lawyer, however, Paige wanted to follow her dream and prove to her family that not everybody needs to go to university.

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  • Age: 23
  • Profession:  MAC cosmetics / social media influencer
  • Instagram: @illumin_arty

Bio: Tiff lives in Nottingham and works at MAC cosmetics in John Lewis.

She has a huge online following, especially on her Instagram account where she credits herself as a social media influencer.

Her make-up skills are entirely self-taught, and each look created for her Instagram account takes between four and twelve hours to finish.


Bio: Brandon is a make-up artist based in Blackpool.

He is has a huge social media following, with over 75,000 Instagram followers, as well as a Youtube channel where he shares make-up tutorial videos.


  • Age: 28
  • Profession: Freelance make-up artist
  • Instagram@easthope_fx

Bio: Leigh lives in Manchester and works as a freelance make-up artist and painter.

He shares much of his work on Instagram and says that he’s always loved being creative.


Bio: Nikki lives in London and works as a make-up artist.

She has a massive Instagram following, and shares her incredible looks with her 172 thousand followers.


  • Age: 27
  • Profession: Special effects make-up artist
  • Instagram: @kxvxg

Bio: Mathieu has lived in France and Tokyo before he moved to London where he works as a special effects make-up artist.

In the past, he has worked as a freelance make-up artist for many TV shows, music videos and promotional events.


Bio: Belinda fits in her passion for make-up around motherhood and her full-time job.

She shares her creative make-up looks on her Instagram account, which currently has an impressive 37 thousand followers.


Bio: Ellis is based in London and shares his creative make-up looks on his Instagram account, which currently has over 74,000 followers.

Ellis has also finished in the top 5 at the NYX Face Awards in both 2017 and 2018.


Profession: Customer assistant at Morrisons

Bio: Dina works behind the meat counter at her local Morrisons supermarket.

She uses make-up to express herself, and enjoys transforming herself into fantasy characters.


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