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Students create jaw-dropping Christmas looks in college hair & beauty competition: ‘WVR Glow Up’

Layla Thorpe, Level 3 Hair & Media Make-Up student at Warrington & Vale Royal College, has been crowned 2022 champion of their WVR Glow Up competition, after submitting an array of stunning Christmas make-up and hair looks.

Glow Up 2022 Winner

In the run-up to the festive period, Warrington & Vale Royal College challenged its students and applicants to create glamourous Christmas looks in its first-ever social media competition.

Layla, former pupil of St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, along with runners up, Marissa Calland and Katie Pritchard, and many other entrants, designed dazzling pieces of body art and hair sculptures to be judged by Warrington-born beauty TikTok content creator and make-up artist, Holly Barnes (@__hollybarnes).

Runners up - Melissa Calland & Katie Pritchard

Up for grabs was the first prize of a £100 voucher to spend at popular international beauty retailer, Beauty Bay. This big prize inspired even bigger entries, with talented stylists going above and beyond to turn heads with their creations. The competition saw headdresses adorned with pearls and flames, as well as intricate paintings of snowy landscapes using the body as a canvas. Of course, as the theme was festive, there was a fair share of shimmer and glitter too!

Holly Barnes re

Local guest judge Holly was delighted to be invited to decide this year’s winner, and despite following rigorous judging criteria, found it extremely difficult to choose the top spot. Holly said: “I’m absolutely amazed at the talent shown by the students at Warrington & Vale Royal College, there are definitely lots of rising stars. The creativity and execution of the students’ Christmas looks really are of industry standard, and above! It’s been so difficult to choose a winner; every entrant deserves a huge well done.”

In particular, Holly commented on the students’ magnificent creativity, their use of hair foliage and colour placement of face paint. Layla stole the winning spot due to her exquisite technique, as Holly notes how impressive the line and shading work is on all of her looks.

A huge well done to each and every entrant of this year’s competition, and for launching the new WVR Glow Up competition with a bang! Search the #WVRGlowUp hashtag on Instagram and TikTok to check out all of the fabulous entries.