Glow Up series 4: who is in cast of BBC Three series

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Ten new up-and-coming MUAs are hoping to be named Britain’s Next Next Make-up Star

Aspiring makeup artists (MUAs) compete to be crowned Britain’s next makeup star in season four of the BBC Three reality show Glow Up.

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Up-and-coming makeup artists (MUAs) will compete to be crowned as Britain’s next form star in the fourth series of BBC Three reality show light up.

Presented by Maya Jama, the show pits 10 MUAs against each other to impress industry professionals and also make their mark in the beauty industry.

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Every week they are tested in various professional tasks, from TV to theatre, fashion to cover photos and online beauty campaigns – until only one remains and the winner is determined.

For those who can’t wait for the start of the new series, you can also check out the first series of Glow Up: Ireland BBC iPlayer now.

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The show follows exactly the same premise as the English version, but island of love‘s Maura Higgins is the hostess.

So what can viewers expect from the fourth season of the English Glow Up, when will it air and who are the contestants?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

What is “Glow Up” about?

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Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star, often shortened to Glow Up, is a reality TV competition aimed at finding new makeup artists.

Contestants take part in weekly challenges to advance in the competition.

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Each week, they each have two different assignments: a professional briefing, usually set up by a guest judge on the fly, and a creative briefing, which they can prepare for in advance.

At the end of the professional challenge, the judges select two preliminary bottom MUAs before they all go into the creative briefing.

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These two individuals are asked to sit in symbolic red chairs while other contestants sit in blue chairs, and are given a 15-minute penalty to complete their creative brief.

If a MUA in a red chair impresses the judges, then they “beat the seat” and another MUA that was less successful is eliminated instead.

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Two MUAs end up in a duel where they each have to show they can complete a makeup technique in just 15 minutes.

They each have one of two identical twins as models to keep the competition fair.

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The MUA that performs the worst is eliminated and the other one advances to the next episode.

The first series premiered on BBC Three in March 2019, with a second series to follow in May 2020 and a third series in April 2021.

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Who are the judges on Glow Up?

The judges are Val Garland and Dominic Skinner.

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Val Garland is L’Oréal Paris Global Makeup Director and also Contributing Beauty Editor for British Vogue.

She has worked on a variety of projects, from highly conceptual catwalk shows for the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen to commercial celebrity shoots with Kate Moss.

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Dominic Skinner is a Global Senior Artist for Mac Cosmetics. His work has taken him all over the world.

Series one and two of Glow Up were hosted by journalist and television personality Stacey Dooley, but she was unable to present the third series due to conflicts in her shooting schedule.

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Who is the host, Maya Jama?

The third season was hosted by DJ and TV and radio host Maya Jama, who will also host the fourth season.

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Jama, 27, began her presenting debut as a teenager by hosting the weekly music video countdown on JumpOff.TV and later worked for Sky UK at TRACE Sports.

In February 2017, she hosted the 2017 Pre-Brit Awards Party and also a Facebook live stream from the red carpet.

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In September this year she co-hosted the Saturday night game show Cannonball on ITV.

She was also a guest panelist on the ITV chat show Loose Women in September 2017 and February 2018.

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In November 2017, aged 23, she became the youngest person to co-host the MOBO Awards on Channel 5.

In 2020 she co-hosted BBC One’s New Year’s Eve program and just months later in February 2021 she appeared as a celebrity guest judge on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

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Who are the candidates?

Ten new MUAs join the fourth series of Glow Up.

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Charlie, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Charlie describes himself personally as a working-class queer artist Instagram page.

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They said: “I suffer from gender dysphoria, a condition that makes you uncomfortable because of your own biology. Makeup was a big step in being somewhat at peace with myself.”

Rachel

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Rachel, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

A self-confessed “science geek,” Rachel works for a Covid vaccine company by day and perfects her beauty looks by night. She describes herself personally as a beauty content queen Instagram page.

She said: “I just feel in my element when I’m doing makeup. Some people meditate, I put on makeup.”

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Michael

Mikael, a contestant in the fourth season of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Mikael grew up in Ghana and although he found moving to the UK a culture shock, he was happy to see boys doing their make-up. According to his personal Instagram pagehe is a self-taught MUA.

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He said: “When it comes to makeup, it has definitely changed the way I express myself. The style I’m best at is dramatic, it gives me the opportunity to be weird.”

Yong Chin

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Yong-Chin, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Yong-Chin studied fashion design at the University of London, but when she graduated, the lack of job opportunities due to the Covid-19 pandemic prompted her to experiment more with makeup.

She describes herself as a make-up artist and creative director Instagram page.

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She said: “I started to play with makeup a lot more and I started really pushing for it to be a full-time job. As a self-taught make-up artist, I like to create really strong looks. I look at a lot of fashionable makeup and I wonder why can’t I just wear this on my face every day?”

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Kris, a contestant on the fourth season of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Kris is another MUA who learned his makeup skills during the Covid-19 lockdown. You can follow his journey on his personal page Instagram page.

He said: “My superpower has always been my creativity. During lockdown I taught myself how to do all the prosthetics and makeup. I feel really ready to show the world my superpower.”

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Lisa

Lisa, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Lisa had always let her insecurities keep her from pursuing a career in makeup — until now.

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She describes herself personally Instagram page as a “self-taught shapeshifter”.

She said, “What I most hope to accomplish through Glow Up is to show myself that I can actually do it, despite having these doubts.”

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Nance

Nance, a contestant on the fourth season of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Nancé, who comes from the Congo, has been working as a freelance make-up artist for almost ten years.

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She describes herself personally Instagram page as “a professional makeup artist and content creator.”

She said: “I don’t think people of color are represented enough in the makeup industry. There are so many girls like me who want to do makeup, but it’s scary not seeing people who look like you doing the things you want to do, so I definitely want to be a face for it.

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Sophia

Sophie, a contestant in the fourth season of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Sophie describes herself as a perfectionist and finds joy in makeup because it helps them transform into the characters they love to draw, such as: B. elves or fairies.

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They said, “There are so many limitations to being human, you have to adapt to be part of society, it’s really nice to step outside of that.”

Ryan

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Ryan, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Ryan, from Bolton, credits the makeup with helping him through a dark time in his life.

He believes it also helped him discover who he really is. You can follow his journey on his personal page Instagram page.

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He said, “That was the time I honed those skills and I became the artist I am today.”

Adam

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Adam, a contestant in the fourth series of Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star

Adam hopes to make his late father proud by becoming a successful MUA.

He is a professional makeup artist and tutor, by his own admission Instagram page.

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He said: “My makeup is definitely glamorous, glamorous, glamorous. My dream job would definitely be to be a celebrity makeup artist.”

When is series 4 of Glow Up on TV?

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Glow up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star season four begins Wednesday 11 May at 8pm on BBC Three.

The episode can be viewed on BBC iPlayer shortly after it airs.

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What happens in the first episode?

In the first episode, the MUAs travel to Birmingham for their first professional venture, a social media campaign for a sports and fitness brand.

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This week’s guest judge, the company’s Styling Manager, Ivy Weir-Ikpeme, challenges MUAs to create a gym-friendly, natural makeup look for their diverse client base.

The next day, all MUAs are asked to create a look based on the creative brief – including the unfortunate two who found themselves in the first red chairs of the series.

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The first creative brief sees MUAs challenged to take a look at themselves based on their hidden strength.

Viewers will see judges Garland and Skinner encouraging them to be bold and push their creativity to the limit.

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The MUAs produce some powerful creations ranging from a prosthetic-based chameleon to an intergalactic nuclear blast.

One of the MUAs turns out to be a survivor of the Manchester terror attack and uses volcanic fire to demonstrate his hidden strength over adversity.

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How many episodes will Glow Up season 4 have?

Like all previous series, the fourth Glow Up series is expected to have eight episodes, each airing on consecutive Wednesdays on BBC Three in the same timeslot.

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Each episode will also be available shortly after it airs BBC iPlayer.

You can also watch all previous episodes from the first three seasons onwards BBC iPlayer now.

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