Beauty CompetitionBeauty Therapy competition winner with Kasturi Tandel, third from right, with her winning 'fantasy fairy' look modelled by Malvica Damania, seated, with second place Valbona Bajrami, second from left and third placed Tudey McKoy, far right, with their models.

A budding beautician's sparkling fairy themed look earned her the first prize in a college competition.

Kasturi Tandel, 34, was among the Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy students who took part in the challenge at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

The group was asked to create a style on a historical, fantasy or special occasion theme from a mood board featuring ideas they had gathered to help them to create their final look.

They were required not only to do the make-up but also style the hair and choose the clothing to create their different looks.

Kasturi said: “I wanted to do something creative and imaginative and so decided on a fantasy fairy look. My daughter is 10 and into fairies, which was part of the inspiration behind it.

“I did some research on the internet and spent a lot of time preparing and it took about three hours to create the finished look. I am amazed to have won the competition. It’s a really good feeling.”

Kasturi’s model and sister-in-law Malvica Damania said: “I feel like I want to go to a birthday party. It’s so colourful and vibrant. I wish I could keep this look all day, but I’ve got to go to work later and don’t think I could turn up like this!”

Second place in the competition was awarded to Valbona Bajrami, 31, and in third was Tudey McKoy, 22, who both created glamorous special occasion looks.

Beauty Therapy competitionBeauty Therapy compeition winner wirh Kasturi Tandel with her winning 'fantasy fairy' look modelled by Malvica Damania, centre, with, left and right of main photo, Valbona Bajrami, Tudey McKoy, Sanie Yusein and Gulbeyaz Yildiz with their models.

Each of the top three students won a selection of hair and make-up products donated by Redken, the official partner of the College’s hair and beauty salons in Tottenham and Enfield.

The beauty competition was judged by Ann Atkin, Head of School - Hair and Beauty Therapy, and lecturers Joan Bardouille and Maria Rees.

Debra Pluthero, Lecturer in Beauty Therapy, said: “The finished looks were all of a very high standard and an excellent good interpretation of the brief.

“It was a difficult decision for the judges to make, but overall they felt that Kasturi’s effort really stood out against the rest.”

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