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Glow Up Season 3: 2021 release date, contestants and channel as makeup show returns

Glow Up Season 3: 2021 release date, contestants and channel as makeup show returns

Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-up Star Series 3 comes screens in the UK in April 2021.

Laura Sanders

Laura Sanders

Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-up Star returns to our screens tonight, 20th April, with the third series.

The hit make-up contest show sees ten amateur make-up artists (MUAs) go head to head and compete for a career-launching contract, working with the biggest names in the business.

The hit series was created by BBC Three and the first series aired in March 2019.

Why is Maya Jama taking over from Stacey Dooley?

Maya Jama will be taking over from Stacey Dooley as host in series three.

The former Radio 1 presenter is a make-up enthusiast herself and has previously been a guest judge on Ru Paul's Drag Race UK.

Stacey Dooley presented BBC Glow Up series 1 and 2 '

She told Radio Times, Stacey Dooley had given her her blessing about the presenting gig before series 3."She said, 'Good luck, honey - you're going to smash it!'"

"Like she's been amazing and she's doing incredible, incredible bits as usual anyway, so I think it was a nice crossover.

"I don't know why in the media and internet and TV world, people always want to try and be like, 'Hey how do you feel about this one and this one?' and pin people against each other but it's not that, it's not."

"I absolutely LOVE Glow Up and can't wait to join the family! I'm obsessed with makeup and creating different looks - it's going to be so much fun and I can't wait to see what the MUAs get up to," Jama said on Instagram.

Glow Up series 3: What's in store for contestants?

The make-up artists will be set a number of fast-paced, high-pressured challenges by judges, Val Garland and Dominic Skinner, as well as guest judges on the show.

Past contestants have worked behind the scenes of Holby City and Strictly Come Dancing, prepared the models backstage at London Fashion Week, and come up with unique looks on the set of fashion magazine editorials.

Where can I watch Glow Up Series 3?

Glow Up series three will air on Tuesdays on BBC iPlayer at 7pm. The first two series are also on there available to watch.

Glow Up Series 3 contestants

Ryley Isaac
Riley Isaac on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

WIth more than 710 thousand Instagram followers and an influential Youtube channel, Ryley Isaac will be stepping out of her comfort zone on this year's Glow Up. She says:

"All of my make-up is on my own face, done by myself. Putting my creations on someone else is going to be really hard for me but I can't wait to give it a go."

Elliot Banks
Elliot Banks on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Elliot is a surrealist artist with more than 14.5 thousand Instagram followers. He's already given us a taste of the looks we will see him create over the coming weeks, and wow!

"My make-up style is floating in between special effects and beauty. If I could live off my art, I'd be happy," he says.

Sophie Baverstock

Sophie Baverstock on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

"I would describe my make-up style as very detailed, I'm definitely a perfectionist," says Sophie. But perfectionism? Yes. Boring? No. A quick scroll through her Instagram will show you a number of colourful, creative and somewhat wacky creations.

Xavier Singh

Xavier Singh on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Three

Xavier's work is anything but traditional make-up artistry. He treats the face like a canvas and isn't afraid to paint a completely surreal picture upon it. He says, "when I first started dabbling in make-up, I was able to put my feelings into a picture, put it onto my face, and realise that I am actually good at something."

Dolli OKoriko
Dolli OKoriko on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Selfridges Beauty broadcaster and MUA, Dolli has a number of tricks up her sleeve. From pretty signature looks focussing around the eyes, to full-blown theatrical looks, Dolli says, "I just want my daughter to see that Mummy is really good in her area of work. She's really given me that push and ambition to strive for the best."

Nic Marilyn
Nic Marilyn on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Eco-conscious Nic is an MUA and CEO of her own sustainable glitter company, Disco Dust London. "I've been described before as a little firecracker," she says. "I have a lot of energy, I have a lot of ideas and I'm always doing something."

Craig Hamilton
Craig Hamilton on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

You only need to click on Craig's Instagram profile photo to see the extent of his talents. The MUA and hair stylist says can dial it up or strip it back with his make-up looks. He says, "make-up has made me be able to express myself more. It makes me feel more confident like I'm invincible."

Jack Oliver

Jack Oliver on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Jack Oliver went from drag make-up artist to a care worker during the pandemic. A scroll through Jack's Instagram shows they're another MUA with extravagant and colourful creations up their sleeve. Jack says, "I've had two years taken out of my make-up career, now I think it's definitely time for me to pull out that kit, dust it off and get back to what I know."

Samah Say
Samah Say on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Beauty counter worker, Samah, takes a much more traditional, glamorous approach to make-up. She says, "average day on a beauty counter, you do sometimes get tricky customers but I always turn that frown upside down!" I have no doubt she will on our TV screens.


Alex on BBC Glow Up '
Instagram/BBC Glow Up

Self-confessed lipstick lover and scouser, Alex, has a very experimental style which is unapologetically her. "I'm a typical Scouse girl in that there's a level of glamour in everything I do, I'm Scouse glam with a queer twist," she says. "I'll be bringing scouse council house dyke energy to iPlayer every Tuesday at 7."

We look forward to seeing what that looks like.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/BBC

Topics: maya jama, Stacey Dooley