Olivia Aguzzi - Illinois Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Faith Aguzzi Photography by Veronica Adams Photography Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: I am nominating Olivia because what first started out as a hobby in playing with make-up & art in junior high has turned into a successful learning experience as the ‘make-up chick’ for her high school theater department to having artwork presented & placing at Conference. Olivia has led to teach other students about theater makeup to prepare them for productions & to take over after she graduates. Proud to also state that she got accepted into DePaul University’s BFA-Wig, Make Up & Technology Program & will start Fall 2020!! Follow your passion!!
Photography by Veronica Adams Photography
Do you remember when you first discovered makeup? How old were you? I was about 10 years old when I first discovered makeup. My parents and I were scrolling through TV channels when we stumbled upon a show called Face Off. It was a special effects makeup show where 10 artists would compete through a series of challenges and create extravagant makeup and costume designs. I immediately fell in love with it. I would create my own designs, on paper or doing makeup on myself, based on the challenges of every episode.
Tell us about the evolution of your makeup - where you first started to where you are now. I first started using my mom’s makeup to create different looks that I saw on Face Off or from YouTube videos. I kept practicing with more materials that I’d receive as gifts or from my parents, fueling my passion for special effects. Once I hit high school, my love and passion for art and special effects sky-rocketed. I’ve taken art classes since freshman year, have been a member of the National Arts Honor Society and I’m currently the President. I’ve learned many different techniques in painting, drawing and sculpting, and how it went hand-in-hand with special effects. I’m also Head of the makeup department for my school’s theatre program. I’ll be starting college at DePaul University’s Conservatory, BFA- Wig, Makeup & Technology program.
Photography by Veronica Adams Photography
What is it like being the head of your makeup team for the theatre department? Being head of makeup for my high school’s theatre program is a blast, but definitely a challenge. We would have approx. 1 class per month that is open to everybody to teach the basics of stage makeup. Then, in the weeks leading up to opening night, I’d lead classes for the makeup people to teach them how to do specific looks; bruising, fantasy, stage makeup for the boys, and anything special. I would oversee around 5 makeup people guiding and directing them on how to do different character makeups for the different shows.
Photography by Olivia Aguzzi
How difficult or easy was it learning how to face paint with your makeup background? It was a challenge to learn how to face-paint on other people. But, through my background of being in painting classes and the makeup department in school and doing special effects on myself, helped me with the foundation to learn new skills for my business. I have also practiced on my parents and my friends to help get over a fear of working on someone else’s face.
Photography by Melissa Liegl
What is it like being on a badminton team? My high school does not have a badminton team so I would love to hear about it! Being on a badminton team is so much fun! But competitive badminton is not the same as backyard badminton. It’s so fast-paced and hard on our bodies to where I tore a ligament in my ankle playing. I have been on my school’s team since freshman year and I have made so many friends over 4 years. I’ve made amazing memories playing on my team through bonding and becoming a family. I became a varsity player during my sophomore year, and I became a Captain my senior year. Sadly, my senior season was over before it started due to the heart-breaking pandemic occurring currently, but my coaches are keeping tabs on every-one through Zoom calls and group text messages.
Olivia will be featured in issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!