Martin Bray is an amazing International Makeup and Body artist who currently lives in Barcelona and works between there and Sydney also travelling the world for a variety of clients. He has worked with artists such as Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Miranda Kerr, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian to name only a few. He is back in Sydney to be Key Makeup for X FACTOR. I am lucky enough to get to work with this talented man on X FACTOR and couldn't wait to ask him to be a guest judge for the Face2Face Makeup Awards.

Welcome back to Sydney... what have you been up to lately?

I've been getting ready for X Factor and very excited now it's here. We're into the third week of live shows and this year it's as creative as ever. While I am back from Barcelona I am also travelling to a few cities in Australia to do a variety of Workshops and Masterclasses which I love doing. I am happy to be able to squeeze in some time to come and judge the amazing new emerging talent in the Face2Face Makeup Awards. 

You are coming to judge the Beauty Editorial, Modern Bride and Runway Inspired... what will you be looking for from the entrants this year?

I'll be looking for technique and the overall beauty of the look as well as colour theory. 

This years theme for Beauty Editorial is colour and you are the king of creative colour... what do you hope you see in the beauty shots?

I hope to see a makeup that uses colour but in a BEAUTIFUL way. It's not about a 'look' you are going to see on a stage... but an image that is number one... BEAUTIFUL and then you realise it's about colour. Colour should ENHANCE a woman's beauty not take over. I'm looking for something I could imagine seeing in Italian Vogue.

What advise do you want to give to the makeup artists entering the live competitions?

#1 - TIMING. Know exactly how long your makeup will take.

#2 - Have a strong background for your makeup design.

#3 BLEND EVERYTHING. If liner is being used... SHARPEN it up!


Remember the brows

Remember the lashes

#5 - Highlight and Shade on the skin - The skin is contoured beautifully regardless of texture.

#6 - Take a deep breathe and always remember ... this is what you do.

Where can artists find out about your upcoming Masterclasses and Workshops?

For Workshop information go to

we are going to Perth, Newcastle, Sydney Melbourne, and possibly Hong Kong


Check out pics from our workshops

We are travelling around capital cities as well as regional areas and have already done Gold Coast which was a great success. You can see pics from the workshops on our blog or Facebook page and dont forget to follow me on instagram


martin during one of his recent workshops....

martin during one of his recent workshops....