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Dan Speicher
A portrait of Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburn, MA,, before her classmate makeup special effects artist Shaleen Morales Villanueva, 28, of Puerto Rico, transformed her into a senior citizen, at Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program in Monessen, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.Makeup special effects artist Shaleen Morales Villanueva, 28, of Puerto Rico, applies a three piece prosthetic mask to classmate Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburnham, MA, in a classroom at Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program in Monessen, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Shaleen Morales Villanueva didn’t always plan on studying special effects.

She was studying psychology at a school in her native Puerto Rico but also pursued her passion for makeup by producing video tutorials.

She’s been able to pursue that passion at Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

“You have to follow rules and guidelines,” she said about her studies in psychology. “I’m not being creative. So, when I finally got the courage to do this (study special effects makeup), this feels amazing. I’m able to create whatever I want.”

Starting at 9:30 in the morning, Villanueva got to work with her model and fellow student Sarah Clark of Ashburnham, Mass. Four and a half hours later, after installing a three-piece prosthetic facial mask, Clark was transformed into a much older version of herself.

Using a facial cast of Clark, combined with photos of old villagers that Villanueva found online and a picture of Clark’s grandmother, a new face was constructed, leaving the audience to decide whether it’s the same person.

Dan Speicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dan at 724-850-5455, [email protected] or via Twitter @danspeicher.

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