Meagan Day, 21, from Rawmarsh, took part in the prestigious Worldskills UK competition held at Birmingham NEC at the end of November. Unfortunately Meagan didn’t win but she came away with the highly commended award which she feels very honoured to have won.
The theme was “Once Upon a Time” and Meagan decided to do her own take of the classic, Alice in Wonderland, with a dark spin.
The regional heats of the Worldskills competition took place in Wakefield where Meagan won.
When speaking about how she felt about taking part in the competition Meagan said: “I was more excited than nervous. I was really happy that I got to the finals. The other competitors were really nice, we were all made to feel at ease. We had four hours in total to complete our look. It went really quickly.”
Before the day, Meagan was allowed to prepare elements of the design including prosthetics and props. These take months to do and start with an initial mood board showing the concept and are followed by months of practise on mannequins. The body painting is done on the day.
As part of the HNC in Specialist Make-up at Rotherham College, Meagan has been studying how to create prosthetics and developing skills and techniques which she was able to take with her to the competition including making flowers, working on faces, chests and bald caps.
When asked why she supports taking parts in competitions as a great part of the experience at the College she said: “It gives you experience in time keeping and gives you so many other skills. Everyone, no matter what subject, should enter the competition. Just go for it. You never know until you do it and it looks really good on your CV.”
Meagan recently competed against professionals, from around the country, at the Warpaint competition in Manchester earlier this year with her fairy-tale themed Pinocchio entry.
On the run up to Christmas Meagan has been working on production as part of her HNC at the pantomime at Wickersley Sport College and is a key part of the team of students that are working with the NHS on a training solution for medical professionals that has just won a national award.
Meagan is planning on continuing with her studies at Rotherham College by moving on to the HND next year and taking part in the Worldskills UK competition again with the full support of the College and her tutors. She started at the College on the Media Hair and Make-up Level 3 course.