This Plains couple gets into the Halloween spirit with realistic looking horror makeup
Half eaten human faces, hollowed out eyes, boils the size of quarters and half clown-half human heads are all part of an October days work for Derek and Michelle Zielinski.
Actually, it isn’t even work for the Plains residents. They aren’t keepers of anything dead or rotting, they’re a couple who takes advantage of the haunting season to express their creativity in the form of elaborate face and body painting.
“We just do it for fun,” Derek said. “It started out as a little hobby that we’d get into around September and October — Halloween time.”
The Halloween spirit has always been a part of Michelle. She and her sister used to decorate their mother’s house in New Jersey every Halloween. They’d host a haunted walk-through of their home and up to 200 children would stop by in a weekend. Michelle has carried on the tradition of haunting for Halloween, just in a different fashion.
Now she and Derek use a variety of makeup and common household items to come up with their creations. They incorporate items including cotton balls, Twizzlers Pull ‘n’ Peel and even cereal.
“Get creative. Look at objects you can manipulate. We use all sorts of weird household items,” Derek said.
They’ve used dried strawberries and made them resemble boils.
Those Twizzlers can be used to depict veins or even muscle tissue.
Coffee grounds can be used to make someone appear like a burn victim or someone who’s been out in the dirt for a while.
“It helps to have an artists’ mind. I can see some of this stuff” before it becomes part of the makeup, Derek said.
It’s not all scary though. Their 7-year-old son Dylan is just recently getting into the horror-style makeup. Last year, Michelle made him up to look like a tiger.
The couple hopes to take their craft to local benefits to help out various fundraisers. Currently, they are helping support Mandy Chapman, founder of The Hope and Health Project, a local organization that supports The Hope Project, a non-profit that was developed to provide a safe facility to new parents who find themselves unwilling or unable to care for their child yet want that baby to grow up in a safe and loving environment.
Derek is the owner of Glass Heart Tattooing and Arts, 30 E. Carey St., Plains, and the business is celebrating its one year anniversary on Oct. 8. For more information about the makeup artistry or the anniversary event contact Derek or Michelle through the tattoo shop’s Facebook page or call 570-208-0434.
More of their work can be seen in the back of Weekender this week.
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