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MAKEUP MAGIC Brownsville salon provides fantasy looks in time for Halloween

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Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 10:33 pm

Students at the Salon and Spa Institute in Brownsville are putting magic in their makeup techniques by creating fantasy-inspired makeup looks in time for Halloween.

Executive Director Robin Brechot said the school opened in 2006 and offers cosmetology, esthetics and instructor courses in English and Spanish for both full-time and part-time students.

During a recent class, student Ahyde Vasquez created a wild cat-inspired makeup for fellow student Essie Mejia using shading and contouring techniques to transform Mejia into a spotted jungle cat and teased her hair into voluminous bouffant at the crown of her head.

 Vasquez said she will complete the cosmetology course this December and plans to find a job where she can gain more experience before opening up her own business.

School Director Carmen Betts completed the cosmetology course before enrolling in instructor courses. Betts said she discovered her passion for helping others as a cosmetology student when she would help her classmates with the course material.

 Cosmetology instructor Gicela Galvan said that the fantasy makeup style allows students the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of makeup. Vasquez’s wild cat makeup took more than two hours to create. Galvan said the students started off using a water-based makeup, which was ineffective for the application process, before moving on to using traditional makeup, which went on smoother and lasted longer.

“It is trial and error. Just because something looks like it will work doesn’t mean that it will. Students may have to start over again,“ Galvan said.

Student Cecilia Rangel used makeup to transform herself into a lion, which she said fit well with her wily curls that served as a lion’s mane to complete the look.

Public Relations Director Bonnie Emmerson said students that complete the course leave the school with a variety of skills that lead to career opportunities in the entertainment industry or opening their own business.

Emmerson explained that students at the school had provided hair and makeup for films shot in Brownsville, some musicians traveling to the area and the annual Charro Days Mr. Amigo personality.

The institute features a full spa and salon area where students develop their skills while providing the public with salon, manicure, pedicure and spa services. Emmerson said that students routinely accept appointments for makeup applications for special occasions like weddings, quincineras or Halloween.

For more information visit the school’s website or call (956) 541-3330 

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