“I didn’t make her ugly enough,” she said as she use a special glue to add the final touches to her grotesque creation.
Holcomb was one of a group of students and graduates from Make-up Designory Los Angeles — a school in Burbank that trains many Hollywood-bound makeup artists — who were doing professional-grade makeup on more than 50 pre-teen student actors before their performances Thursday.
The artists will be back in action tonight as the students set up for their full performance of “Once Upon A Fractured Fairy Tale,” a collection of one-act fairy-tale spoofs, at 6 p.m. in the Wilson auditorium.
Teacher and director Barbara Zatarain was able to get the aspiring entertainment-industry artists to help with the play for the second straight year after posting an advertisement on the makeup school’s website and getting in contact with Ken Nolls, a graduate of the school, who rounded up a group of his colleagues to help with the makeovers.
“I just feel like we live in Los Angeles and this is where movies and TV happen,” she said. “And to give the kids an idea of what acting is like, why not?”
The experience not only gave the students a chance to feel like professional actors, it also exposed them to the profession of makeup design and the possibility of careers in the field, Zatarain said.
Makeup designers jump at any opportunities to put their developing airbrush and prosthetic application skills to use and were not shy about working on the young actors, Nolls said.