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The Application Station showcases the work of ten exciting up-and-coming artists and this year it’s competitive! Located in Hall 3, you will find them applying full-scale prosthetic makeups in a dedicated area throughout the day, so check back at intervals to watch their progress and feel free to ask them about their techniques and chosen materials!

This competition is open to everyone, but entrants are divided into newcomer and professional categories and will be judged on their own merits and level of experience.

The finished makeups will be paraded on the Main Stage at 4.30pm, when the prize for the Best Overall Makeup and potentially Best Newcomer will be awarded. The prizes are fantastic bundles of makeup kit products from our generous Exhibitors.

Good luck all!


Begona F. Martin

Begona is a freelance artist with focus on SFX makeup and character design. She studied at the University of Seville, Winchester School of Art and the University of Arts London. She has also studied at Cinema Makeup School in LA; most recently sculpture with Tom Hester, and in 2018 was given finalist awards in their Legends of Creature Design and Ve Neill Scholarship contests.

Begona has worked for the BBC, with British celebrities such as Jamie Laing, internationally for The Cartoon Network and on several independent films across the UK and Europe. Her latest projects include a tribute makeup of Lon Chaney in ‘London After Midnight’, a head-piece of a female Mon Calamari for IMATS London, a large medical prop for a VR experience at UCL, and a guest demo at a comic con in The Netherlands.

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David Foxley

David is a freelance prosthetic makeup effects artist for theatre and film. He trained in prosthetics and 3D character makeup with knowledge acquired from doing Dick Smith’s course in Advanced 3D makeup and several other intense courses in modern prosthetic creation and application techniques with Stuart Bray, one of the UK’s leading prosthetics artists and teachers.

David has worked on a lot of low budget films, media and entertainment projects, and in the past has run his own courses and helped cover the teaching on courses in basic prosthetic design, basic mould making, fabrication and application at R.A.D.A., Rain Dance and of late, Canterbury and Brighton colleges.

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Jade Connor

Jade creates whimsical characters with lots of intricate, ornate details. She has completed a number of creative courses including foundation art and fine art, as well as a degree at University of the Arts London.

Jade also likes to draw her ideas with very stripy illustrations!

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Dana Bordea

Dana is an experienced and qualified professional makeup artist and prosthetics maker. She is particularly experienced in producing makeup for professional photography and filmmaking and her eye for detail has proven invaluable.

Dana trained at Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio with Stuart Conran and Andrew Whiteoak. Her style is fresh, clean and inventive, which has led to her being employed in numerous photo shoots, television and music video productions, short and feature films. She is trained in all aspects of makeup from straight makeup and facial hair work to character creation, injury simulation and sculpture.

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Jessica Loach

Jessica is an aspiring freelance prosthetics artist eager to build a career in the prosthetics industry. Having graduated from Somerset College with a first class BA Hons. degree in media makeup, Jessica has been a trainee for Kristyan Mallet, Millennium FX and has worked as a trainee for the TV production ‘Holby City’. She has just completed work as a crowd room trainee.

Jessica is passionate about learning as much about the industry as possible, and often takes up short courses such as ‘Life Casting, Sculpting and Moulding’ with Stuart Bray, ‘Ageing Intensive’ with Jeremy Woodhead and ‘Sculpting Creatures and Characters’ with Don Lanning. She strives to accomplish her best in her work and is determined to showcase her developing skills. Jessica is excited about what the future holds for her and is delighted to be involved in ‘The Prosthetics Event 2019’.

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Kyri Karaiskakis

Kyri started sculpting a couple of years ago at the age of 36 and this led him to special FX makeup. He graduated from the Gorton Studio Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course in the Summer of 2018.

Since completing his training Kyri has worked for John Schoonraad’s Lifecast UK as well as continuing his own projects in his spare time.

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Lauren Jones

Lauren is currently studying in her final year of Make-up for Media and Performance at Arts University Bournemouth. Being a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise, she visited the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden for the first time during her A-Level studies and came away knowing that she wanted to work in the prosthetics industry creating characters for film and TV. This career path never occurred to her before, originally wanting to become a photographer or an illustrator.

Finally starting her university experience studying make-up and prosthetics
two years ago, Lauren’s passion for prosthetics has not weakened and is more driven to achieve her dream of working in the industry.

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Lauren Moore

Lauren is a 22-year-old freelance SFX artist based in Northern Ireland. She had a varied skill set, from sculpting, moulding, silicone running and foam running to application. She graduated last year with a first class BA (Hons) degree in special effects makeup design and prosthetics from University Centre Grimsby.

To date, Lauren has worked on short films such as ‘The Perished’ (2019), which has inspired her to do more work as a special effects makeup artist.

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