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Tom Savini school makeup artist adds decades to student's face

Dan Speicher
| Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

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, dspeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @danspeicher.

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.
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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.
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.The entrance to Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
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.The entrance to Tom Savini’s Special Effect Program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.
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.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
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.
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.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
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.
A portrait of Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburn, Mass,, before adn after 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.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A portrait of Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburn, Mass,, before adn after 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.
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.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
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.
A portrait of Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburn, MA, after 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.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A portrait of Sarah Clark, 19, of Ashburn, MA, after 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.
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