University make up stutents posing for a selfie at commonwealth games

Hair and Makeup Learners Smash Industry Experience at The Commonwealth Games 


Interested in pursuing a career in Hair and Makeup but not sure what kind of opportunities and prospects are available?  

Well, Look no further! Our Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production degree programme offers a multitude of opportunities and experiences to enhance our learners’ skills and industry networks. Ran by hair and makeup professionals, this course has fantastic links and gateways into industry. Thanks to these links, opportunities regularly arise to ensure learners are fully professionally equipped by the time they graduate! 

One of these fantastic opportunities happened just last month when students won highly sought-after positions to work as part of the Hair and Makeup team at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games! Read more about the selection process here.  

The Commonwealth Games is a huge sporting event that occurs every 4 years in different countries within the Commonwealth of Nations. 

This year’s event took place in Birmingham, UK, with around 4,600 athletes competing and over one million spectators in attendance. 

University Centre Weston learners Sophie, Georgia, Jess, Aaliyah and Jasmine were the five learners that were selected out of over 300 applicants to work in the hair and makeup team for the opening and closing ceremonies, something we at UCW are hugely proud of! 

Sophie created a short video to showcase all their incredible work…

@ucweston A day in the life of our incredible Hair, Makeup & Prosthetics for Production learners as they work at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, amazing job guys! #Totinos425 #b2022 #birmingham2022 #commomwealthgames #hairandmakeup #openingceremony ♬ Canyons – Official Sound Studio


Sophie had this to say 

The experience at the ceremony was amazing I had such a great time however it was extremely tiring they were really long days but at least I got a truthful insight to how long the working days are! 

What did you learn and how has it helped you? 

I have learned so much more about professionalism and how fast paced you must be when working on a large set. I have learned that it doesn’t really matter how advanced or new your skills are. For example, I’ve never done wig styling before the event and yet I styled a wig that made it into the final show! Taking part in this event has helped me to take my first steps into a professional career in makeup. Furthermore, it’s also helped me make so many contacts and start booking jobs for the first time! 

How would you describe the opportunities at UCW? 

The opportunities at UCW are incredible!!! I’m genuinely so lucky to have a university that is so supportive with helping me get experience outside of uni. I never would have signed up for the Commonwealth Games if it wasn’t for Tara, my tutor, messaging me about the opportunity. Both Tara and Sandy are always finding things for us to take part in, it’s amazing!  

Also on the back of that, the cast that I worked on were so lovely, they even gave me flowers and a card to say thank you which was so sweet! 

Amazing work guys! 

If you’re interested in beginning a Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production course and gaining experience from more amazing opportunities just like this, click here!