Humans of Lambert


Emma North

“[My family and I] were watching Face Off and I said ‘I wanna do that’ and Diego [my brother] said ‘You can’t do that,’ and I was like ‘Watch me,’ so I did it,” says sophomore Olivia Nogales on what motivated her to begin doing FX makeup.

“I watched a show called Face Off in sixth grade and I basically said, ‘I wanna do that,’ so I did. I watch a lot of YouTube videos and I just kind of recreate it and I do that a lot. It’s fun and it looks cool. [If you want to get into it,] find a certain niche in the FX – like burns or realistic makeup – and just really work on that and the other skills will kind of just come along as you work on one thing in particular…. It’s cool and you can do movie effects and that kind of stuff. [For Halloween], I am doing some of my friend’s makeup. I am doing a Jigsaw makeup and I’m doing a few zombies.                      

 I like FX makeup because it’s interesting to make people look like they have missing limbs and the anatomical process behind it is cool because you have to make it look realistic or just it kind of looks dumb. Unless the people who are looking at it don’t know what they’re looking for, then it’s fine, you can do whatever you want. Oh, I have a funny story. This one day, I was doing my makeup and it looked like my scalp was coming up. And, we ordered Chinese food and it was takeout, so the guy came to the door. So I totally forgot I had it on my head and I go to open the door to get the food and the guy – grown man, like 40 year old Chinese dude – SCREAMS and drops our food. And I wasn’t thinking – I was just so focused on the food and I was like, ‘Oh my God, my food,’ and he was just like, ‘Oh my God, your brains are showing.’ So, not a lot of people like it. They don’t understand me.

One time, you know the half-burnt face? Well it’s a half-burnt face and it looks like you don’t have an eye on that one. So we were going to Chick-Fil-A – it’s always when we’re going to food places. So we were going to Chick-Fil-A and I’m ordering and this lady…. She can’t make eye contact with me, and people were in the back were looking at me and this one I couldn’t forget because it was covering my eye, so I knew it was there. But my dad just goes, ‘Olivia, c’mon, hurry up ordering, we have to go to the hospital after this. We have to go!’ And I was like, ‘Wait dad, I need my milkshake first.’ And the lady behind the register is just looking at us like, ‘Oh my God.’ So that’s a funny one.”

Olivia Nogales
You can find more of Olivia’s makeup on her Instagram account, @rated.g.for.gore.