“Now I’m learning from talented makeup artists who have been in the business 15 to 20 years. It’s an exciting field. You find out something new every day.”
In the first episode, the contestants had to dress a model as a half-man, half-animal. Areford and her teammate chose an ostrich. But when a competing team took all the feathers provided for the challenge, she and her teammate only had a few boas and one long feather to work with. “With that little amount, that inspired me to make this lavish costume that represented an ostrich through human wardrobe,” she said.
Both local contestants agree vying for the $100,000 prize is worth all the abuse the judges are giving them. “I think it’s a nice little carrot they dangle in front of you,” Ippolito said.