*** Character Makeup Contest Official Rules ***

Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
edited February 21 in Character Makeup Contest

Welcome to the Stan Winston School of Character Arts 
Character Makeup Contest!

How to Enter:

To enter this contest simply post a new discussion in the "CHARACTER MAKEUP" category. Please include a description and high rez pictures of your character makeups. Video submissions are cool, too! Just upload your video to YouTube and share the link in your post.

To be considered, all entries must be character makeups applied to a person, and may incorporate any of a number of makeup techniques, including painting, build-up techniques, prosthetic appliances, dentures, lenses, and hair work. 

Entries can be an original design or based on a well-known character, as long as the makeup itself is primarily the work of the entrant.

Have you created a bunch of impressive character makeups? Not a problem! You can submit as many as 3 entries to the contest. So share your character makeups and you could win the Grand Prize!

Grand Prize Pack:  Over $1000 in prizes!

The winner will receive the following prize package:
  • 1 Year UNLIMITED Subscription to SWSCA  - $359.94 value!
  • Artist Spotlight on the SWSCA Blog
  • Makeup Effects Kit - Sponsored by PPI Premiere Products Inc. - Over $700 value!
    • 1 mouth FX kit
    • 1 Skin Illustrator full size palette
    • 2 On Set Palettes
    • 1 Skin Illustrator Activator (8 oz.)
    • 1 Telesis 8 Silicone Adhesive Kit (Adhesive, thinner, remover, pen)
    • 1 Super Solv  4 oz.
    • 1 Beta Bond Adhesive  2oz.
    • 1 Beta Solv Remover  2 oz.
    • 1 Top Guard Skin Prep  Spray  2 oz.
    • 1 Fleet Street Fresh Blood  2 oz.
    • 1 Fleet Street Dark  Blood  2 oz.
    • 3 Blood Paste tubes (Lymphatic, Scab, Blood)
    • 5 Glazing Gels (5 assorted colors)
    • 3 Dirt Works Dirt Powders (3 assorted colors)
    • 3 Dirt Works Grime Sprays (3 assorted colors)
    • 1 Iso Gel  2 oz.
    • 1 Super Solv Gel  2 oz
    • 1 Telesis Makeup Remover 4 oz.
    • 1 PPI Spirits Matte adhesive
    • 1 PPI Spirits Pen
    • 1 Add-A-Lash latex free eye lash adhesive

Entry Prize:  

All contest participants will receive a special promo code for 20% off SWSCA subscriptions, live courses, on-demand courses, DVDs, & Merch! Code valid for one (1) month from date of receipt


Your submission will be reviewed by the team at Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on quality of work. Prior to judging you can update or remove your entries as often as you like. Once the contest has ended, our judges will review all submissions and the winner will be announced.


To be considered for the contest, all entries must be posted by Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Winner Announced:

We will select and announce the winning Character Makeup on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Official Rules  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules from The Stan Winston School of Character Arts ("SWSCA" or "Sponsor").

1. CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date and time, and end date and time are as outlined in the SWSCA Website(s) described below (“Contest Entry Period”).

2. WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is open to persons 18 years or older (or younger than 18 years with the approval of a parent or guardian) with valid email address OR who are new or existing registrants of www.stanwinstonschool.com with valid email address OR who are Facebook and/or Twitter “fans”/“followers” of SWSCA with valid email address. When entering the Contest, an opportunity to sign up to receive follow-up information from SWSCA and its advertisers may be available. Entrants subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Employees of SWSCA and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling or partner and their respective spouses/partners, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of SWSCA, are not eligible to enter or win. Contestants may need to provide proof of residency upon request.  

3. CONTEST PRIZE: As indicated in contest sign up, as Sponsor may designate. 

4. CONTEST ENTRY: All submissions can be based on either an existing character or an original design, as long as creating and applying the makeup is primarily the work of the contest entrant, and received by the date and time outlined on the Website(s). For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the Entry information resulting from contestants’ entry being posted in the SWSCA CHARACTER MAKEUP CONTEST forum category. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules. By entering this contest, you grant SWSCA the irrevocable right to share your submission photos and/or videos on our website, email, and social media channels, copyright is retained by original author. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received.  

5. WINNER SELECTION: Within seven days from the end of the Contest Entry Period your submission will be reviewed by the team here at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on quality of work. Once the contest has ended our judges will review all submissions and the winner will be announced.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner(s) will be notified by email, and, if Sponsor so chooses, will be listed on a Website blog posting and Facebook wall. Winner(s) will be required to provide mailing address which will be used to fulfill any physical prize.

7. MODIFICATION OF RULES: Sponsor reserves the right to, at its discretion, reschedule the Contest, entry and/or end dates, modify the entry procedures, or cancel the Contest. Prize(s) are not redeemable for cash.  

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries, all of which will be void. Sponsor is also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of Entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries)) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. 

9. MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

10. ARBITRATION AND CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held in Los Angeles, California; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and contestant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California.
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  • How do I post? I would like to add a few entries of whar I've done. Thanks!
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    @Charles A. Arrigo to post your entries, go to the contest category and click the "New Discussion"  button on the top left of your screen.  Make sure to provide a title, description, and photos of your work.   Good luck!

  • Hi Chris, I entered the competition last night but overzealously submitted 5 makeups, forgetting that the limit is 3! How can I go about deleting 2 of my submissions, as I really don’t want to be disqualified... Thanks x
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi @Rupert Parry
    Only moderators and admins can delete content, so I can do that for you.  Just let me know the URLs or titles of the 2 entries you want deleted.
  • edited March 2
    Hi! It’s Ruth btw, not Rupert!! Can you delete my female ogre prosthetic makeup, as well as my fairy prosthetic makeup? Thanks so much for your help x
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi @Ruth Parry   I moved both posts out of our contest category and into the Makeup Effects category, so they can still be viewed, just not as part of the contest.

    Apologies for the name being wrong, the auto complete selected another user with the same last name.

  • Hi @Chris Ellerby i have photo of a character that i want to use in the competition but the costume is designed by someone else as a collaboration with a costume designer i had. is that a problem or if credit them i can still use it in the competition ?
    thank you 
  • @Chris Ellerby

    Why are photos disappearing with my works for the contest? I noticed that you corrected my entry, leaving only the video where I'm doing Xenomorph, the photo was deleted. What is the reason ? It is an accident ?

    Thank You
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Hi @Julia Melnik

    No photos should have been deleted.  Can you provide me a link to the entry in question?   Some entries had photos improperly included as attachments, and not embedded into the post, so that may have been part of the issue.


  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    @Julia Melnik
    I added the photo you provided to the original post.


  • @Chris Ellerby Thank You so much
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