A trainee beautician at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Enfield Centre has won first prize in a college competition after dazzling the judges with her ‘red carpet fairy' look.
Maria Georgiou, 18, was awarded first prize and was praised for her “excellent professional and technical ability” in the contest, which featured various stunning looks created by around 35 Beauty Therapy Level 2 students.
In second place was Elaine Plana, 36, with her wood fairy themed look and third was Sofia Avanzi, 19, with her space girl style.
The students were asked to create a full look in one hour and 30 minutes, incorporating make-up, hair and costume from a mood board they had previously created.
The looks were modelled by other students, friends and family, with themes as varied as a fairy princess, drag, retro, from the river to the runway, night out, Cleopatra, Supergirl and 80s invasion.
Maria said: “It was quite a shock to have won, as there are so many other people who are very good on the course.
“I was originally going to do a pixie or fairy theme but thought that might be a bit boring, so I decided to combine it with a red carpet look. I put her in a fabulous dress and gave her wings and some glittery make-up to give it a festival style.
“I’m really enjoying the course, especially the practical side. We have real clients coming in, which has really improved my confidence and prepared me well for getting a job.”
The competition was judged by CONEL hairdressing tutor and stylist Jayne Giroud and experienced beauty therapist Ashley Delaney from Cowshed Cosmetics.
They considered the overall look and the technical skills and application of make-up, as well as how well the end result reflected the original idea.
Prizes worth £240 from hair and beauty suppliers Chris & Sons and beauty brand Eve Taylor were awarded as prizes for the first, second and third placed students.
Maria Hadjinicolaou, Curriculum Manager for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy ,said: “All the students who participated in the competition deserve to be recognised for their fabulous creations and very high professional standards.
“The judges spent a long time deliberating before deciding on their winner, and in the end Maria’s red carpet fairy look was judged to be the best.
“There was a clear follow through from the mood board to the finished model, the make-up was professionally applied and she had demonstrated excellent professional and technical ability.”