South Canterbury beauty vlogger selected as finalist in international competition
A South Canterbury makeup artist has been selected as one of six vloggers from New Zealand and Australia to compete in an international makeup competition.
Sarah Dow, 36, of Waimate is the only South Islander, and one of only six people from Australia and New Zealand, selected from hundreds of applicants for the Face Awards hosted by NYX Professional Makeup, she said.
The Face Awards are an annual competition which aim to find the Beauty Vlogger of the Year, this year marks the first time the competition has been open to vloggers from New Zealand.
A vlogger or video blogger is someone who posts videos of their work to social media platforms.
Dow, who runs a computer repair business with her partner, said she only vlogged as a hobby in her spare time.
She said she was a "makeup geek" and "jumped at the chance to enter" the competition.
Applicants had been narrowed down to the top 30 competitors, they will compete for a spot through public voting which would determine the top 20 spots before judges chose the top 12. Six applicants will then flown to the grand final in Los Angeles to compete for the title of 2017 Beauty Vlogger of the Year.
The first challenge assigned to the top 30 competitors saw vloggers asked to create a design which reflected the country they came from.
Dow decided to mirror the design of an "Orc" the mythical creature in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"The Lord of the Rings is something I'm proud of, in terms of being a New Zealander."
Dow said she had gone "all out" with the design, creating a full face of prosthetics and makeup which took eight hours to apply.
It took 10 layers of makeup, on top of the clay face cast, to get the Orc design, she said.
"Each layer was half a centimetre thick."
As well as prosthetics and makeup, Dow created her own armour and costume using recycled and natural products including old metal scrapes and wool fibres which made up the hair for the Orc.
"It was pretty much the first time I have done this design and it was a challenge," she said.
Dow said she was "pretty happy" with the final design and would now have to wait for public voting to close to see if she would progress forward into the next round.