Sofia Gonzalez sits in the Miami Lakes Branch Library, laughing nervously as a friend prepares to paint her face like Batgirl.
She takes a deep breath.
“OK, if we weren’t best friends I wouldn’t let him do this,” says Sofia, 13, of Miami Lakes.
“We’ll I’m doing this,” responds Kamari West, 12, a Miami Lakes resident. “Now sit still!”
The two seventh graders from Miami Lakes Middle School spent their Tuesday afternoon at the Special Effects Makeup Workshop for Teens at the library.
They had a blast.
“There are a lot of creative kids here and this is just letting them know that there are so many different outlets for them,” Nancy Matos, the coordinator of the Teen Club at the Miami Lakes Branch Library.
The workshop was made possible through the town’s education advisory board, which donates to the Friends of the Library program.
During the workshop, makeup artist Adrienne Tabet from House of Makeup Artistry showed teens how she uses makeup as a medium.
“It’s exciting because whatever they envision, the heroes they look up to, they can create those heroes,” said Tabet. “I think it’s a good venue to put your creativity in.”
Tabet explained her work to the teens and demonstrated by creating a fake cut on the face of Zack Garcia, 13. As she worked, a group gathered and took photos of Zach, commenting on the bloody gash Tabet was creating.
“That’s awesome” said Zack, a seventh grader at Miami Lakes Middle School. “It looks realistic.”
Afterwards the teens got to try themselves.
Jazmyn Moncrieffe, 16, came to the workshop prepared with her own makeup kit.
“I like art and makeup,” said Jazmyn, a sophomore at Miami Lakes Educational Center, as she painted red hearts on her checks. “One day, hopefully, I’ll be an art major.”
After about 15 minutes of work, Jazmyn examined her work in a compact mirror.
“I don’t know… it’s coming alone,” she said turning her face in the mirror. “This side needs to be more intense.”
Throughout the afternoon Tabet helped the teens with their art, offering advice and tricks of the trade.
Matias Savino, an aspiring makeup artist from Sunny Isles, was ready to absorb every bit of information.
“I’m like an artist, all my life I have created things with wood, with paper, with everything,” said Matias, 13, a home-schooled student from Sunny Isles. “Makeup is my passion.”
At the workshop Matias created a Joker look on himself, carefully detailing the lines of the character’s smile on his face.
“My dream is to go to Hollywood,” Matias said.
During the workshop he talked makeup with Tabet, and showed her some of his makeup and costume work.
“You made this,” Tabet said, when looking through photos on his phone. “I am so proud of you.”
If you go
There will be another special effects makeup workshop, dubbed Create Your Own Villain, at 5:30 p.m. June 2 at the Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Rd. For information, call 305-822-6520.