Glow Up: The Next Makeup Star

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, colorful British makeup competition has some cursing.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

It's a game show, but it highlights creative skills required of makeup artistry, as well as professional expectations of makeup industry. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are from all walks of British life, have a passion for what they do, are good sports and supportive of one another. The judges are renowned experts in the field. Their feedback is constructive, but sometimes they can be catty. 


Some images of creepy and potentially disturbing looks.


Occasional references to looking sensual or sexy, and some references about how one's breasts look (or used to look). 


Words like "damn," "bitch," and curses like "s--t" are audible.  


Lots of makeup and fashion brands featured and referenced, including MAC, L'Oreal, Marie Claire, Vogue, etc. YouTube is also discussed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glow Up: The Next Makeup Star is a British reality competition featuring makeup artists competing for a prized contract. There's nothing violent, but there are images of creepy and potentially disturbing looks, and references to looking sexy. There are occasionally some catty conversations, and some cursing. Words like "damn," "bitch," and curses like "s--t" are audible. Companies and publications like MAC, L'Oreal, Marie Claire, and Vogue are often referenced, as are YouTube and various movies and celebrities.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySafeway55 August 20, 2021

Focus on everone

Seems like when the make up artist are concentrating on doing the challenge, the camera along with the judges put more spot light on certain individuals always.... Continue reading
Adult Written byKalliee43 September 11, 2020

It’s an amazing show

I watched this with my daughter and although it has some swear words it’s an amazing show it shows people’s talent in makeup and it’s a very cold competition I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNaomeg December 31, 2020

Inspiring. Beautiful. Fantastic.

To start, it has a very small amount of cursing, which you probably have been exposed to anyways.. nothing super innapropriate.

Glow Up frankly inspired me to... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 10, 2021

Great and beautiful

I think that this is a good series for ten year olds and up (depending what parents think) to watch it would be great if they’d beep the swearing but everything... Continue reading

What's the story?

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, GLOW UP: THE NEXT MAKEUP STAR is a British reality competition featuring talented makeup artists (known as MUAs) showing off their skills. Ten contestants from around the United Kingdom come together to compete in a series of challenges designed to push their creative envelope and test their technical skills. Senior MAC makeup artist Dominic Skinner, L'Oreal Paris senior makeup director Val Garland, and a guest judge evaluate the way the contestants execute each look. The two MUAs who least impress must face off in a final contest, the loser of which is eliminated. The last MUA standing wins a coveted contract assisting some of the world's best makeup artists.

Is it any good?

This colorful reality competition features makeup artists showing off their talents in hopes of winning a career-building contract. It underscores the wide range of technical abilities that makeup artists must have to create looks that will work on camera, stage, and screen. It also showcases the wide variety of imaginative looks they can design and create using faces as their canvas. 

Despite the focus on industry and professionalism, the overall show still follows the traditional format of most reality competitions of this kind. Meanwhile, because of the lack of extensive drama, some may find it a little slow going. But if you enjoy makeup artistry or are interested in learning more about the craft, you will find Glow Up: The Next Makeup Star worthy entertainment

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the training that goes into becoming a professional makeup artist. Are all the contestants featured on Glow Up: The Next Makeup Star formally educated in this field? Which of their styles do you like the most? Why?

  • Can career-themed unscripted TV competitions teach us real lessons about how a specific industry works? Or are the hints and advice given hyped up for entertainment purposes? 

  • Does Glow Up: The Next Makeup Star encourage you to view art and creativity in a different way? Explain.

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