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​​​​​​​TAFE NSW make-up students show off special effect skills this Halloween

TAFE NSW Wollongbar

​​​​​​​TAFE NSW make-up students show off special effect skills this Halloween

Chelsea Coughran kicking Halloween ghouls with her "Queen of Hearts" Halloween look  

Wollongbar local Chelsea Coughran is creating spooky Halloween looks to build the specialist skills she’ll need for a career as professional make-up artist.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, more Australian's than ever are expected to embrace Halloween this year. The tradition is steadily growing in popularity in Australia, with consumers spending around $159 million on trick or treating in 2019. 

The 21-year-old is on track to complete a Certificate III in Makeup at TAFE NSW Wollongbar next month and was inspired to design a Halloween look for her creative make-up assessment.

Halloween was an annual tradition in Chelsea's community growing up. She started experimenting with Halloween make-up in her early teens, which she says fuelled her passion for make-up. 

"I didn't know what to do after school, but I loved make-up. So last year, Dad suggested I study beauty at TAFE NSW to get an overview, and I fell in love with the industry," said Chelsea. 

"I then enrolled in the Certificate III in Make-up so I could focus on developing specialist skills. The course teaches you different techniques and equipment and the teachers share their industry tips and tricks to create the perfect finish.

"It's a great feeling when you can bring a vision to life. My Halloween piece shows how far my skills have grown since starting the course, and I have the confidence to step further out of my comfort zone."  

Chelsea is set to start work in November in a beauty salon and is keen to continue her studies in Screen and Media to explore her passion for special effects make-up.

TAFE NSW Beauty teacher Megan Black said the course teaches students the practical skills they’ll need to launch a career as a professional make-up artist. 

"The make-up industry has a huge range of career opportunities, from glam and bridal make-up to special effects in the film and television industry," said Ms Black. 

"The course is hands-on with a range of practical tasks that support students to build a solid foundation in make-up application, as well as push their creative limits to take their skills to the next level."

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