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Off the Line


Amy Sowash Finds Beauty On The Human Canvas


Amy Sowash sees zom- bies. Dead people. Peacocks.


Beauty. No this Rifl e National


Team member isn’t halluci- nating, but rather fi nds the beauty (or sometimes horror or gore) that can be exempli- fi ed on the human canvas. Off the line, her passion for makeup artistry has graced magazine covers and even some of the scariest Hallow- een partygoers in Colorado Springs. “I would make someone


into a zombie any day - that is just so much fun,” Sowash said excitedly. “There are so many pieces of gore, you can do angry zombie, lifelike one, cheesy zombie, there’s so many ways you can go with that. You can play with all this gooey blood, skin fl ap – which is all latex and fl a- vored gelatin-type stuff and it’s fun. It’s fun to see some- one just transform like that.” Watch her at any shoot-


ing match and she may have on some statement earrings, but rarely a stitch of makeup. “Foundation on your cheek piece is just slippery,” she said. “You want your cheek to stay in the same place. We put all sorts of tennis grip and stuff on our cheek pieces to keep our face from sliding – I’m not putting foundation on so my face can just slide again!” Away from competition,


she has a style her own… and seven drawers of make- up to complete any look. Sowash said her fascination with makeup started as a kid and just never went away. Into middle school and high school, she re- ally got into Halloween and making sure her costume and look were over the top. “My parents really in-


dulged that as an art form. They’d help me go to the store and help me create this witch thing and paint my face green and I never quit doing that. I think a lot of kids quit doing that and the internet was alive with a lot of cool things that you could Google what other people are doing. I love to watch horror fi lms because I’m a zombie fanatic. Somebody made that – somebody ac- tually makes all those piec- es and puts them on. When you go see alien movies – someone paints all those pieces and a lot of times, the artist isn’t just making the parts that are on you, but say if you had a head that dou- bled and it moved on its own, they would make the covering that would go over that so they’re not just do- ing people, but they’re doing the robotic stuff too so when I watch those movies I’m like ‘That is so cool!’” Even throughout her col-


legiate shooting career, So- wash kept dabbling in her


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