LIMA — Black light, bright neon colors and an electronic dance beat filled the inside of the UNOH Event Center for Ohio State Beauty Academy’s annual spring Student Talent Showcase.
Glamour & Glow-Neon Night featured hairstyles comprised of bright, bold colors along with creative makeup applications, nail art and costume designs.
“This is all about our students. This is a first-time thing especially for us as Neon Night, so it’s all about the hair, the makeup and costume,” said Kristen Tell, admissions director for the Ohio State Beauty Academy.
The interesting thing about the show was ultraviolet light was used to give the hair, nails and costumes a glowing appearance.
“It has one look in natural light and then when we turn on the black light they’re totally different, so it’s just awesome. It really is,” Tell said.
The show had 55 students participate.
“We put in a lot of hard work. We’ve had to test a lot of different colors just to see which ones glow, which ones don’t glow and then put together our looks kind of from there,” said Lori Bassett, a student at OSBA.
“What we went for was kind of like a fire but we did like a mix of a snow so it’s more of like a snow fire. The white, like the snow, breaks up that fire a little bit to make it glow even more,” Bassett said.
“I think I look absolutely amazing. I glow like no other,” said model Tori Whitaker.
So was she freaked out by what she saw in the mirror in the black light?
“Honestly yeah, because I wasn’t expecting to be so, because of all of the splatter on me, I wasn’t expecting it to be so like bright,” Whitaker said.
The event serves as the culmination of their education so far this school year.
“This takes everything we’ve taught them in school and then just give their own creativity to it and they have their freedom for the night, so it is something really big, and we have the community that comes out and supports us and it’s just awesome,” Tell said.
A panel of five judges picked the top students based on creativity and execution.
“They do get judged. There’s a presidential award. There’s a peer evaluation award. They get an award for hair, overall costume, nails and also makeup,” Tell said.
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