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Student enjoys ‘freaking people out’ with makeup

A talented student has explained how she enjoys “freaking people out” with eerily realistic face paint.

Darcie Teasdale, 16, from Marston Green, has transformed herself from Dr Seuss’ The Grinch to a skeleton using nothing but makeup.

The self-taught artist is studying hair and media makeup at University College Birmingham after teaching herself for three years.

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She hopes to one day work in TV and film doing special effects and prosthetics.

“I started off doing special effects makeup for Halloween,” she told BirminghamLive.

“I always like to freak people out so that’s how it all started.”

Darcie explained how she is attempting to take on many different styles both through teaching herself and at college.

She said it was possible to go “anywhere” with colours and textures, adding she loved experimenting with special effects.

With the help of mum and dad Michael and Nicola, she has even started a business venture.

“I’ve got a little beauty room next door to my bedroom, which is for clients,” she said.

“It’s a bit hard at the moment because of Covid but I have all my PPE and everything and its completely safe. It’s just about building clientele and everything.”

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On her TikTok and Instagram pages, Darcie has photos of her with a variety of different looks.

She said she does glam makeup for special occasions, special effects such as blood and gore, theatrical makeup and face painting.

“I really enjoyed applying all the makeup when I first started doing it,” she added.

“I used to get a cottonwool bud, dip it in fake blood and just stick to my face and think that looks really good.

“And then I just thought do you know what I need to start getting into this sort of stuff.”

She also lives with brother Dylan, 15, but says it is difficult to scare her family after so many years.

“I used to try but I think they have just got used to it now because I do it so often,” she added.

“I’ll have like a bullet in my head and they will just be like ‘oh you alright Darcie’.”



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