Makeup Make-Over Challenge (MMOC) FAQs

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Laura Tyler, Roy Wooley, & RJ Haddy facilitate the judging by audience applause.
Laura Tyler, Roy Wooley, & RJ Haddy facilitate the judging by audience applause.

  • When and where is it held?
    Sunday, 5:30p @ the Hilton Grand Ballroom East.
  • Who are the emcees?
    In the past our emcees have been former contestants of SyFy Channel’s Face Off.
  • Who are the judges?
    This contest is judged by audience applause.
  • How do I become a contestant?
    Simply go to our online registration form below and answer a few questions. We will contact you if your registration is accepted.
  • How do I send pics of my previous work?
    We suggest that you place 5-10 pics into a MS Word document and email it to us (email address will be provided upon completion of the registration form.)
  • Do I have to pre-register?
    Yes. We will not have on-site registration for the Makeup Make-Over Challenge.
  • Is there a limit on the number of contestants?
    Yes. This contest is limited to a max of 8 contestants. Consider pre-registration the audition. We will select the top 8 contestants from all pre-registrations to compete at the convention.
  • Do I provide my own makeup?
  • Do I supply a model?
    Contestants are not permitted to bring their own model. Part of the fun of this contest is our method of selecting models from the audience.
  • Can I be a model?
    We do not select models until the time of the event. Selecting volunteers from the audience is completely random.
  • When will Costuming Track let me know if I am selected for the contest?
    We will notify you 2-3 weeks prior to the convention.
  • How do I know what to bring?
    When we notify you that you have been accepted as a contestant we will include this year’s themes so you may plan for combinations of description and genre. If you use some creative planning, you will be able to pack a minimal amount of supplies and still be prepared for whatever combination of description and genre you might be challenged to complete.
  • How much time do I have to complete a makeup?
    45 minutes.
  • What do I do if I arrive late?
    It is extremely important that you arrive on time. We cannot give you extra time at the end of the challenge to make up for the late arrival. If you have an emergency and must withdraw from the competition, please notify a costuming track volunteer as soon as possible.
  • How am I introduced to the audience?
    The online pre-registration form has a place to tell us what you want us to know about your makeup experience. Please provide a 5-12 sentence ‘resume’ that will give the audience a clear idea of any previous makeup experience you may have. Introductions that are too short/long will be returned for editing.
  • Do I have to use an airbrush?
    You are not required to use an airbrush.
  • Will I be able to use my airbrush and/or blow-dryer?
    Yes. We will have power strips at every station so that you may plug in your airbrush and/or blow-dryer.
  • Can I pre-fabricate?
    No. You may us pre-made prosthetics but no other pre-fabrication is allowed.
  • Can I use prosthetics?
    Yes.. We will be looking for best, most creative looks. If you can create an original look from a commercially available prosthetic that is acceptable. An original appliance, while helpful in achieving an original look, is no guarantee of a win. It is the overall look that is being judged. If you choose to use prosthetics, be sure to plan your application time accordingly.
  • Can I use costumes and props?
    No. Your finished character will be judged strictly on the makeup and nothing else.
  • Any other rules/regulations?
    Yes. In addition to the above FAQs, the following rules and regulations govern the contest:

    • Contestants must draw a random description and genre to complete their look. After 15 minutes into the challenge, one contestant name will be drawn and that person must include one other challenging component.
    • Contestants cannot injure or damage a model. This includes (but is not limited to) cutting or altering their hair, applying materials to the hair that are difficult to remove, making alterations to their clothing, using techniques that can be interpreted as stabbing or applying extreme pressure to the face or head, etc
    • Contestants must do ALL of the makeup application, including appliances if the contestant so desires, within the allotted time frame.
    • While we do our best to discourage people from volunteering as a model if they have facial hair we cannot guarantee you will not get a model with facial hair. At it’s core, this challenge is about working with what you have been given. And please see the first rule above.
    • The winner is determined by audience applause.
    • Yes, there is a prize given away to the best makeup interpretation. However, please do not lose sight of the fact that this is primarily for fun. It is possible that you may draw an odd combination of description and genre as your challenge… the audience knows this. Do not get upset if the audience likes another contestants interpretation of their challenge over yours. Everyone in the room will greatly appreciate the effort you put into your makeup regardless of the circumstances you may be given.
    • If you need to borrow a product or tool from another contestant: please ask, do not take. Be respectful if the answer is ‘no.’ If something is loaned to you, please return it the way you found it.
    • You are responsible for cleaning up your work station after the winner is announced. To expedite recovery, dedicated volunteers will be available to assist you; however they are there to help you, not do it for you.
    • After the contest, time is given for audience members to view the models more closely. Though not required, we encourage contestants to join their models and answer any one-on-one questions that may arise. Excellent opportunities have been presented to previous years contestants during this part of the event.
    • This years winner will not be permitted to return as a contestant next year. However, they can return in two years. In the interim, we encourage the winner to come see the show so we may make an honorary mention of the previous years winner to the audience during the course of the show. (In other words, the 2015 winner can’t enter again in 2016, but they can in 2017. Still, we would love it if you could sit in the audience in 2016 so we can give you some kudos.)

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Contestant Disclaimer and Registration Form

By submitting the registration form below, you are acknowledging that you have read the above FAQs and agree to abide by any rules and stipulations outlined therein. Dragon Con reserves the right to make changes and substitutions including, but not limited to: time, location, awards, emcees, judges, etc. Upon completion of the below form, you agree to email copies of documentation that clearly shows us the level and quality of previous makeup works; to the email address that will be provided upon completion of the registration form.

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