Beauty therapy students from across Kent showcased their make-up skills at a new salon academy.

East Kent College hosted a competition for 12 students to transform a model using the theme of fantasy or fashion catwalk. The contest lasted three hours.

Four East Kent students joined K College, Canterbury College and MidKent College students to impress a panel of judges that included make-up artists, hairdressers, former students and Jillian Silverthorne from the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

Tarron Pearson, a make-up artist and judge, said: “This competition has been an inspiration for the region — we’ve been very impressed by the standard we’ve seen so early in the academic year, and the facilities are fantastic.”

East Kent swept the board in the fantasy class, with Ebony Barkes taking top prize and fellow students Charlotte Huntley, Faye-Marie Ball and Oceana Lucas all highly commended.

In the fashion catwalk category, Sofia Eljeaaich of MidKent won the fashion catwalk; Emma-Jane Grieve, also of MidKent, was highly commended.

Martin Newman, business manager of the competition sponsor City & Guilds, presented the prizes.

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