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Competition Details

What is Blood & Brushes: Special Effects Showdown?

Ethereal Horror Fest and Bat City Scaregrounds presents, Blood & Brushes: Special Effects Showdown. Three artists, three hours, and one spine-chilling challenge. With your horrifically beautiful host, Scarah Damsel of the Doomed, three talented artists, voted by the public, will compete LIVE in front of a panel of expert judges as they craft original horror looks that push the boundaries of terror. Only one will claim the title and a grand prize. Join us for a night of frights, creativity, and unforgettable thrills!

When is the competition?

July 13, 2024

Where is the competition?

Kick Butt Coffee - 5775 Airport Blvd Suite 725, Austin, TX 78752

Cost to attend?

$5 entry fee. Tickets go on sale June 1, 2024.


The winner will receive:

  • A spotlighted segment to host a live masterclass at Ethereal Horror Fest 2024.

  • $500 cash prize

  • A SFX makeup package provided by “TBD.”

  • VIP Bat City Scaregrounds passes

  • Pack a car pass for the Scarah’s Scream Theater at Doc’s Drive In


Don’t worry we didn’t forget about all the lovely horror fans in attendance. Everyone who enters will receive a raffle ticket for:

  • VIP Bat City Scaregrounds passes

  • Pack a car pass for the Scarah’s Scream Theater at Doc’s Drive In

  • VIP Badges to Ethereal Horror Fest

*Must be present to win.

Rules & Regulations

How do I submit?

  1. Submit your application HERE

  2. Upload three photos showcasing your work as a SFX MUA. 

  3. Pay the $15 submission fee via PayPal to cover the selection process. PAY HERE

Judging Criteria

There will be three rounds of judging. The first round will narrow down submissions to 10 competitors through sponsor screenings. The second round will be public votes to narrow down to the top three. The final round will be judged live by industry professionals. The following criteria will be used for judging:

  • Technical Application

  • Creativity/Originality

  • Scare Factor

Competition & Submission Rules

  • Must be 18yrs or older to submit.

  • Original submissions only. May not use licensed characters, or recreations. 

  • One submission per MUA. No assistant allowed.

  • MUA must provide their own supplies and model for the live competition. 

  • No nudity. Models must wear a bikini at minimum. 

  • Costumes allowed, but not required. Complete looks can enhance a makeup look, but judging will solely be on makeup looks.

  • No late submissions accepted. 


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