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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.
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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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