WHAT A FRIGHT: TAFE make-up students Renee Dale and Mikaela Luck get into the spirit of Halloween as part of their course.
WHAT A FRIGHT: TAFE make-up students Renee Dale and Mikaela Luck get into the spirit of Halloween as part of their course. Marc Stapelberg

‘Horror’ beauty tips on Halloween

HALLOWEEN is the one day of the year you can dress up like a psychopathic maniac and no one will raise an eyebrow.

It turns out the Wollongbar TAFE beauty therapy students are particularly good at this, using the holiday to hone their make-up skills.

Diploma of beauty therapy teacher Bianca Kennett said the students had an hour and 15 minutes to create a special Halloween look.

"They've had to make blood, do the hair, the costumes, props, all together in one hour and 15 minutes to create a Halloween look," she said.

Ms Kennett said the blood used was a mixture of glucose syrup, corn flower, red green and blue dye, tissue paper and a little bit of chocolate powder.

Ms Kennett said dolls, brides and skull candy were popular themes this year.

Each week throughout the course, diploma of beauty therapy students are given a different theme and taught how to achieve it.

The end result will be photographed and put towards their portfolio, which requires 14 different looks.

Last week the girls practised their wedding look, with race day hair and make-up and formal hair and make-up in line for the next two weeks.

Halloween has always been a special day for beauty therapy student Hannah Ramstadius, whose birthday falls on the October 31 holiday.

She said the Halloween make-up day had prompted her to sign up for a specialist make-up course next year.

At a glance

  • The origin of Halloween is hotly debated, but many academics believe the holiday can trace its roots back to Celtic harvest festivals with possible pagan origins.
     
  • The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually carved from turnips in Ireland and Scotland.
     
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
     
  • It is believed black and orange as Halloween colours symbolise the harvest in autumn and the darkness of winter.


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