YOU could smell the hairspray thick in the air from the end of the corridor.
In the room hot with lights, some women were covered in nothing but lingerie and leaves, while the men’s torsos were painted bright orange.
Others were dressed in black and plied lipstick and foundation with surgical detail.
For aspiring make-up artists, the room on the upper floors of South West TAFE is hopefully the first step towards television studios and theatre stages.
After months of preparation students were tested to see if their skills held up on the catwalk at last night’s Battle of the Brushes.
“The students are studying the diploma of specialist make up services,” TAFE trainer Samii Salisbury said.
‘‘They’re here for a full year and they learn everything from basic make-up, bridal, all the way into theatre and doing special effects.
“We look at the skill level of their technique, if things are better blended and the effort they’ve gone to.”
Originality using the human canvas still claimed the most points.
Inspiration came easily for students working in the fantasy category.
Student Erin Carter spent three hours preparing her model yesterday and has her eyes fixed on working in prime- time TV after the course.
“I’d just like to do freelancing. You just sort of start off doing weddings and debutantes around Warrnambool and then it’s word of mouth,” she said during last night’s event.
“I’d love to do make-up for a TV show.”