Samantha Christianson Does Pinhead

In the above video, Winnipeg-based makeup artist Samantha Christianson demonstrates her remarkable skills as she transforms herself into a horrific-yet-sexy female version of the iconic Pinhead from the Hellraiser film franchise. This is also Sam’s official entry into the 2016 NYX FACE Awards (Like and comment on this video at her Youtube channel).After all the submissions are reviewed, the top 30 finalists will be announced on May 2. NYX will reveal the first challenge for those top 30 on May 6. From May 20-27, fans will then get to vote for their favorite and the top 20 vote-getters will go on to the next phase of the competition. See the NYX FACE Awards official site for the full details and it goes without saying that Sam will be getting Idol Features’ votes and endorsement, all along the way to August 20, when the field will be narrowed to six and a live vote will be held determine the overall winner.

Sam’s red leather jacket in the above video was purchased in England. If you want to know from what store, contact her through her website and I’m sure she’ll be happy to tell you. She built her own Hellraiser Puzzle box and she uses NYX Cosmetics. For those wanting to know a little more about Sam’s tricks of the trade, here are her own words:

I used NYX contour power palette. I hand made the bald cap by layering latex on a latex balloon evenly up to 14 layers. Always measure your head to the exact measurements to the size of the balloon.  I used all professional make up and brushes and SPFX makeup. The contacts I wore in the video are Phantasee Black Sclera Lens Sabretooth. When you order, tell them Samantha Christianson sent you.

In addition to FX makeup, Samantha occasionally models and does body painting. At left is
from her feature in the March 2016 issue of Dark Lily magazine. At right is Sam and
Mel Heflin, one of the many models who’s proudly worn Sam’s designs.


Mel showing off more of Samantha’s work. Left as Lady Deadpool and at
right in their tribute to the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Samantha Christianson & Cassandra Peterson
Sam with Elvira’s alter ego, Cassandra Peterson, at the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.

Candid audio with Samantha, recorded 1-17-2016, in which she does her Beatress Johnson
(winningly played by Tristan Risk in Jen and Sylvia Sosks’s American Mary) impression.

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the quarterly magazine, Effective.

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