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ScareHouse makeup artist works her magic 

Staff writer Jordan Snowden was turned into a skeletal masterpiece

click to enlarge Jordan Snowden, before her Scarehouse makeover - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Jordan Snowden, before her Scarehouse makeover

Boo! Oh wait, that’s not what skeletons say. 

Mollie Himes, the makeup manager at Etna haunted house ScareHouse, effortlessly and flawlessly made me into a kick-ass boney beauty. The process only took about 20 minutes, and in that time, she completely transformed my face. Getting this look, or a variation of this look, is easier than you think. 

After leaving ScareHouse, my boyfriend and I walked around Mount Washington so that I could stare at onlookers with my sultry, skeletal face. One guy screamed, "All right!” Then gave a thumbs-up. Another simply made eye contact and didn’t look away until we passed each other. Once that fun was finished, we headed back to the apartment to enjoy the rest of our Sunday evening. But I didn’t take the paint off right away. I didn’t even wash my face until right before bed. Since it’s spooky season, I hung out, being spooky. Every five minutes or so, my boyfriend would look at me, make a face, and laugh. He said that he kept forgetting what I looked like until he got an eye-full. 

click to enlarge Jordan Snowden and makeup artist Mollie Himes
  • Jordan Snowden and makeup artist Mollie Himes

What was oddly satisfying about the whole endeavor was how easy the paint came off. Himes used water-based face paint and with one swipe of a makeup wipe my skin was paint free. I always assumed that using face paint was hard to apply and even harder to remove. But I was wrong. I plan to start painting my face every Halloween from now on. 

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