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Wahpeton native earns first place at international makeup competition

FARGO - When Taylor Schulte heard the judges announce first place, she didn't move. She didn't react. It wasn't until her model nudged her that she realized it was her name they had called."I'm sure my smile is super cheesy in all the photos beca...

Taylor Schulte added a hair piece, contact lenses, a cigar and a prosthetic nose and ears to her model at the Battle of the Brushes competition in Sydney, Australia.
Taylor Schulte added a hair piece, contact lenses, a cigar and a prosthetic nose and ears to her model at the Battle of the Brushes competition in Sydney, Australia.

FARGO - When Taylor Schulte heard the judges announce first place, she didn't move. She didn't react. It wasn't until her model nudged her that she realized it was her name they had called.

"I'm sure my smile is super cheesy in all the photos because it was a genuine ear-to-ear grin," Schulte said. "All my hard work finally paid off."

The 24-year-old makeup artist from Wahpeton, N.D., traveled to Sydney, Australia, to compete in the Battle of the Brushes on July 22 after being selected a top-eight finalist by Make-Up Artist Magazine.

Battle of the Brushes is a competition at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) for students less than a year out of school. IMATS, which takes place in six locations annually, is attended and followed on social media by thousands each year.

For the competition, Schulte was required to use makeup and prosthetics to design a character inspired from the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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Her model, Rob Hinderstein, said Schulte had a very clear idea of what her character would look like and practiced four times in the two weeks prior to the competition.

"And each sitting would take three to five hours," Hinderstein said. "Another hour afterward to take off the makeup."

On the day of the competition, Schulte and Hinderstein arrived to a crowd of several hundred people and were given three hours to prepare, along with the other top eight finalists.

"I concentrated hard," Schulte said. "I remained calm, cool and collected and exceeded my expectations on what I could accomplish."

Hinderstein said Schulte added a cigar, tattoos, contact lenses and hair pieces to help create the character.

"That's what really sold the judges," Hinderstein said. "A lot of the other makeup was just makeup ... the judges were saying that her concept really covered it."

Schulte received a $3,000 check, which she said helped with trip expenses and a week off of work, and will be featured in Make-Up Artist Magazine, an internationally published magazine. She has already been asked to work on a short film this weekend, and to be a guest speaker at the next graduation ceremony at her alma mater, Make-Up Designory School in New York.

"I think I can only go up from here," Schulte said.

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