We believe in encouraging the industry application of Make-up Artistry and Hairstyling, and our competitions have been created to reflect real world application of these skills. Time is often short in our industry and the pressure of creating a finished result that matches the brief is a scenario often reflected in the world of make-up artistry employment. Undergoing the stress of the NMUA competitions helps to prepare candidates for the real world demands of being a MUA, and the feedback and constructive criticism of real industry workers and veterans is hugely beneficial.

The National Make Up Awards are the only competition or awards to be supported by the National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers (NASMAH), with support also from ABT Insurance and Guild News magazine. In addition, the Awards are directly supported by a number of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy Award winning make-up artists, hairstylists and special effects artists who assist in judging the competition and providing both our student and professional entrants with a wealth of feedback.