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Beauty students create Halloween fright

TAFE Queensland beauty students are typically trained to make people look beautiful, but beauty isn’t on the menu at Movie World Fright Nights.

By TAFE Queensland

Using special effect makeup techniques, more than twenty TAFE Queensland beauty students are transforming everyday faces into skin crawling characters for Warner Bros. Movie World’s Fright Nights.

With creative flare and a lot of skill, decomposing zombies, creatures from your worst nightmares, and characters from horror films such as, Leather face and Stephen King’s IT are brought to life.

Beauty therapy teacher Gabrielle Marotte said TAFE Queensland has partnered with Movie World’s Fright Nights to give students the opportunity to dive into the fast-paced vibe of a real-life studio.

“There is a real thrill in the production room providing students with real world experience of what it would be like to work on a movie set while learning techniques from established industry professionals,” she said.

The students volunteer their Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October to prepare the disturbing looks, which can take up to 30 minutes per face.

Beauty student Chelsea Pierce said they use various special products, tools and applications that they typically would not get the opportunity to work with.

“We get to use latex and blood as well as a lot of black and white to make the characters stand out in the dark and look very realistic,” she said.

“We can also add touches of our own creative flare which is a lot of fun.”

Marjorie Larzabal-Reyes Centeno, also a beauty student, said the production room is always buzzing.

“It’s actually much easier to do these looks rather than a face of beautiful makeup because you can’t make mistakes,” she said.

“The makeup skills I am learning at TAFE Queensland have given me the confidence to be involved in this amazing opportunity.”

TAFE Queensland General Manager on the Gold Coast, Karen Dickinson said it is an excellent project for the students to apply their talents in a real world environment.

“We are thrilled to be working with Movie World to ensure our students expand their career horizons and further develop their skills,” she said.

“TAFE Queensland takes pride in providing real world experience to all of our students and has invested into the training delivery of our programs to include greater involvement with local industry.”

“This ensures students get a well-rounded education so that they are ahead of the rest upon graduating.”