‘Glow Up‘ is a British reality TV show that runs contestants through a series of high-pressure challenges and tough competitions to find the next big makeup star. The winner – last man (or woman) standing after a number of harrowing, high stakes rounds – gets to work with the biggest names in the makeup industry. It is hosted by British journalist and TV presenter Stacey Dooley. Industry legends Dominic Skinner and Val Garland serve as judges on the show. The format of the show is pretty simple – the contestants get a brief for a professional assignment that they have to complete within a time limit. The judges then pick out the worst two looks and the bottom two performers then battle it out in a “face-off”. The one who creates the better look stays, the one who does not manage to impress the judges is eliminated.
Season 2 of ‘Glow Up’ is just as full of drama, angst, art, and boundless creativity as Season 1 was. Speaking of angst, fans of the show had to tackle disappointment as one of the most creative contestants in this season’s batch of makeup artists – 21-year-old Keziah Joy Saunders – decided to withdraw from the competition and leave. Read on to find out more details about her.
Who is Keziah Joy Saunders?
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What inspires you guys the most? For me it’d have to be music, I always listen to it when I create. I sacrificed my headphones for this look so I hope it was worth it 😅 inspired by @alexameadeart ‘s work ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Products used: @inglot_cosmetics @inglotuk AMC Gel Liner in 79, @plouise_makeup_academy @mmmmitchell Acid Reign Paints in Glow Girl and Raver, Base in Rumour 0, @anastasiabeverlyhills Midnight Lipstick, @eldorafalseeyelashes B803 Lashes (also rip) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #makeup #art #beauty #chaos #makeupartist #makeupartistsworldwide #makeuptransformation #crazymakeups #painting #abstract #fashion #music #anastasiabeverlyhills #abh #plouise #motd #portrait #selfie #photography
Keziah is a student at the Arts University Bournemouth (Poole, England). She lives with her parents in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and started out as a makeup artist by creating beautiful looks from the comfort of her bedroom. Before her stint on ‘Glow Up’, Keziah was already famous as a remarkable makeup artist. Her fame stems from her Instagram account, on which she has a solid 207,000 followers (and it only keeps increasing with each passing day).
Keziah Joy Saunders’ Glow Up Journey
Keziah showed promise as a contestant and the judges thought she had the potential to create exceptional looks that would wow the viewers. In episode three, the contestants were required to create makeup looks for the Broadway cast of “The Lion King” performing at London’s West End. Keziah got the brief to create Rafiki’s look. It was definitely a high-pressure situation for the contestants, given that the makeup looks were complicated and there was a time limit. While working, Keziah talked about how difficult it was for her to be on the show and how she missed her Instagram followers who she thought of as friends.
At the end of the round, before the judges could do the judging, Keziah took the host Stacey Dooley aside and respectfully backed out of the competition. She withdrew from the show because all the stress and the pressure was getting to her and stifling her creativity. Keziah felt she was not putting out her best work because she was used to creating her best looks in a relaxed and comfortable environment like her bedroom, where she could let the creative juices flow. In her Twitter statement, she said that the stress of the competition had started to affect her mental health, causing her self-doubt and her confidence was taking a hit.
— Keziah Joy ⚡️🤘😎 – Glow Up Season 2 (@artbeautychaos) May 28, 2020
Where is Keziah Joy Saunders Now?
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Where’re my fellow 90s babies at? ✨ I asked you guys to send me makeup designs and I loved this idea from @charlie.knightyy ! (Insta won’t let me post swipe pics so I’ll put the design on my story) such a cute idea! Omg also I cut my hair it’s the shortest it’s ever been now lol let me know what u think 🙃 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Products used: @illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, precision gel liner in Infinity, @makeuprevolution Fauxxdation shade 3 @anastasiabeverlyhills brow wiz in Dark Brown, loose highlighter in Snowflake, White UV Cake Liner, Lip Gloss in Peachyyy, @kvdveganbeauty Lolita studded kiss lipstick, Everlasting Blush in Honeysuckle, Go big or go home mascara, @plouise_makeup_academy bases in rumour 2, OTT Orange, Yes Aye Yellow, Hint of Mint, Touch of Frost, and Poppin Pink, @officialsnazaroo White Cream paint, @mulaccosmetics OnLiner in Dark Choco, Matte Eye colour in Terra @hudabeauty Melted shadow in French Lace ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #makeup #art #beauty #chaos #artbeautychaos #makeupartist #mua #makeupartistsworldwide #90s #90smakeup #90sfashion #rainbow #pastel #facepaint #anastasiabeverlyhills #abh #plouise #katvondbeauty #kvdbeauty #motd #makeupaddict #drawmymakeupchallenge
While fans of Keziah and the show, along with the judges, were disappointed to see her leave, they appreciated the fact that she chose to put her mental health first. Keziah is back to impressing fans by creating awe-inspiring looks for her Instagram page. Looks like her self-doubt did not persist outside of the show because her makeup looks are just as wonderful as before, if not better. Keziah’s creations are like real works of art and she is an artist in the truest sense of the word.
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Throwback to this look from a while ago while I’m getting some new ideas ready 😁 Didn’t originally do it as a valentines look but I think it still applies 💖🌈 Also disclaimer bc last time people thought I literally melted crayons to my face for some reason – the melting affect is just bits of hot glue that I put on some cardboard first and peeled off when it had cooled 🙃 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Products Used: @milkmakeup Blur Liquid Foundation, Flex Concealer, Loose Powder in Light, Kush Mascara, @morphebrushes X @jamescharles Palette, @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow Pomade and Gel in Ebony, Loose Highlighter in Snowflake, Lip Gloss in Caramel, @plouise_makeup_academy Bases in Badda Black, Rude Boy Red, OTT Orange, Touch of Frost, Vivid Violet, and Poppin’ Pink, @kryolanuk UV Dayglow palette ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #makeup #art #beauty #chaos #makeupartist #makeupaddict #makeupartistsworldwide #fashion #facepaint #rainbow #facepaint #valentines #love #pride #morphe #jamescharles #anastasiabeverlyhills #norvina #portrait #photography #motd
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