People who work as makeup artist may be easy to find, but how about a corpse cosmetician? It may be hard to find one. The spooky impression makes people think twice before taking this career.
Yet, Fakhru Agnia (32 years) disagrees. He does his job as a corpse cosmetician happily, instead. “I work as corpse cosmetician for five years,” said a man who works in Dharmais Funeral Home, Slipi, West Jakarta.
He said, to make up a corpse was actually almost the same to make up a living human. But he admitted that the difficulty was higher, especially for those who died because of accident.
The characteristic of corpse’s skin is wrinkle and the pores are dead. The beautician should use some technique so that the makeup can be long lasting.
About the technique, he said, the foundation should be applied thicker. “So do the powder and other make ups,” he added.
The process of applying cosmetic will be harder if the corpse died because of accident, disease, or suicide. The death because of heart attack causes redness freckles on the skin. Agnia should use thicker foundation to cover the freckles. He should also be cautious in handling the victim of accident as some organs are usually damaged.
Another obstacle is that he should be ready for 24 hours in the funeral home. But he considers the obstacles as challenges.
As a corpse beautician, Agnia said that his income was enough to cover his family’s expense. Sometimes, he also gets some tip. But he said money was not everything. He loves his profession because his skill was beneficial for others.