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And 2nd Place in Make Up goes to Maria

by Maria Koropecky


The Edwin Neil Full Potential Award is up for grabs again this year and I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring too. Why not take advantage of everything my school has to offer?

I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m not much of a make up person but there was a trip to Las Vegas on the line and I thought I’d give it a go. And I have watched enough reality tv show competitions (particularly on the Food Network) to feel the need to play too the first chance I got. The deal was, first there would be a school-wide competition within our institute in Victoria to find the top students for hair cut, hair colour and make up. And those three winners would then form a team to compete against all of the other institutes in the whole wide world. And then that winning team would get to go on an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to receive their award at a super duper hair show where they will be able to network with all of the cosmotology big wigs.

Our competition was held last week and I came in second. I admit, it was stressful at times to coordinate everything I needed to compete but it was well worth the extra effort. I had a lot of fun and learned so much.

First, I had to find a model who would be available on a Wednesday morning. Thankfully, my friend Emily’s work schedule didn’t clash with the competition date. She was my first choice and I’m so glad she was my model. I really like the “before” photo because I snapped it right after a Jazzercise workout. Notice the erythema (or redness) across her cheeks? That actually worked to my benefit.

The "before" photo of my model, Emily.
The "before" photo of my model, Emily. By Maria Koropecky

Then I had to write an essay answering three questions. In hindsight, for the environmental question, I should have written about the current BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf but I chose to write about plastics floating in the Pacific Ocean instead because it has been on my mind for a few years now.

It wasn’t that difficult to narrow down which make up to use. They weren’t expecting anything crazy or outlandish — just a nice day look. I was going for a nude effect with peachy tones (to bring out Emily’s blue eyes) and the new eyeshadow shades that came in days before were perfect. And I have to say — I love, love, love the Transformer. All you have to do is dip your brush into the Transformer, and then in your eyeshadow, and voila, you’ve got a funky eyeliner. Discovering this new product was definitely one of the highlights of this competition for me!

While I’m here, I have to give a shout out to my classmate Mariko for letting me practice applying makeup on her and to my teacher Jill for brainstorming with me and guiding me from a fair distance.

The make up I used in the competition.
Here is a list of the make up I used for the competition.

I was really happy with how everything turned out. In my opinion, I achieved the wholesome look I wanted. Apparently, I got high marks for creativity. I just needed to work on my blending and put some more colour on the eyelids. And the lip liner shows a bit heavy in the photos.

For this competition, I also had a chance to work with Bryn Thomas, a graduating student from the Western Academy of Photography, who took time out of his busy, busy schedule to take the final photos of my model.

Final photo of model, Emily. Maria Koropecky make up artist. Bryn Thomas Photographer.
Final photo of model, Emily. Maria Koropecky make up artist. Bryn Thomas Photographer.

Coming in second isn’t so bad. I won a bracelet and got a pin for competing. I’m still going to put this on my resume.

I agree with the school’s choices and my classmate, Natalie, who came in first in make up, is super talented and I’m really happy for her. She deserves the win fair and square and I know without a doubt that our Victoria team is going to win the Edwin Neill II Full Potential Award this year!

And maybe this particular trip to Las Vegas is a no-go for me but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on that dream. If anyone knows of any all-expense paid trips to Las Vegas in the near future, tell me and I’ll sign up. And maybe there’s a reality show in my future too where I’ll get to compete again.

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  1. Debbie says:

    WOW!!!! What a great job you did, Maria! I hardly recognized Emily. Fantastic!!!

  2. Diana says:

    Maria you are GOOD!!!

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