A Brush with Cosmetology

Although special effects makeup can be rather elaborate, McNab proves that keeping it simple works just as well (Photo courtesy of Nia McNab).

Although special effects makeup can be rather elaborate, McNab proves that keeping it simple works just as well (Photo courtesy of Nia McNab).

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Writers Note: Pictures below are created using makeup; however, if any reader struggles with seeing real or fake blood, then he or she is advised to avoid the pictures below.

Each class at Brashier has its own unique set of students, and Senior Project always highlights those students. One such person is senior Nia McNab, whose project is creating her own looks using special effects makeup.

“My own love for makeup and creating different looks using makeup was the inspiration behind me wanting to do special effects makeup. I am happy with my progress so far. I just wish I had a little bit more time to create more looks, but this Christmas break I’ll be able to create and test more ideas,” said senior Nia McNab.

Special effects makeup artistry is common in many different medias, but the art is very prominent in entertainment, specifically in full-length movies and theater. Special effects makeup is commonly used to emulate wounds. McNab is very familiar with that use at this point, but also has more looks that she wants to create.

“I want to create looks that are more like pictures of other things, or looks that are a kind of animal, person, or thing. One thing that I really want to try is a candy cane skeleton, but it will be a challenge since I know I will struggle with creating it,” said McNab.

Obviously practice plays a huge role in perfecting the skill, but for someone who may not have any idea where to start in the special effects art, the process be overwhelming. Luckily for McNab, the class aims to ease that feeling.

“[The class] has been helpful because I want to have a career in cosmetology, but I have had some difficulties with my senior project. All around it has been helpful. I want to create more looks using people instead of only myself, and hopefully one day be able to pursue a career in cosmetology,” said McNab.

McNab has made the most out of her project so far, using it as a jumpstart to an early career, and plans on making great strides this winter. McNab’s determination in her project allows her to offer two simple pieces of advice for those who are starting to suffer from early senioritis.

“Stick with the timeline that you created; it will help you a lot. And if you only do one thing your senior year, do your senior project,” said McNab.

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