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By Dee Bryson
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My Favorite Recipes: Meet Korah Pedersen


October 11, 2018

Korah Pedersen demonstrates her special effects makeup skills.

Korah Pedersen was born on an Air Force base in California. One of six kids in the Pedersen family, she has had the opportunity to live in many places, including Alaska, Montana, Japan, Colfax and, now, Idaho. She may seem like the average teen at first glance, but her hobby is anything but average. In fact, her hobby is downright scary, and she loves it. Korah is passionate about special effects makeup and, thankfully, with the assistance of her family, she has plenty of people to practice on. Korah says her family is large and it can be chaotic at times, but they are amazing people and they support her hobby and encourage her in her schooling.

In fact, her seven-year-old sister, Anne, is one of her biggest fans. She just loves to play makeup with Korah and delights when Korah puts "scary" makeup on her.

When Korah was 16, she ran across a video on YouTube that showed how to create and apply special effects makeup, and she was hooked. Korah said it isn't an ordinary hobby, and at times her friends find her passion weird, but they have grown used to it. She laughed as she stated that she often has to take her makeup off before leaving the house and going out into public instead of putting makeup on.

To some, it may seem morbid, but Korah works hard and is fascinated with trying to create the most realistic looking blood and wounds. She also enjoys creating makeup prosthetics using sculpting putty, which is made of vaseline and cornstarch.

Looking back over the past three years, Korah can see her progress and she laughs at some of her first attempts, but she enjoys seeing how far she has come. She has learned many valuable lessons along the way, but is especially grateful she has learned that creativity and passion comes in many different forms, and inspiration can come from a variety of things.

Korah has participated in the Haunted Hayride in Lewiston and looks forward to being able to contribute again this year. She doesn't plan on giving this hobby up any time soon, but she isn't exactly shooting for the movie industry. Actually, she hopes to get into medical school and become a dermatologist.

For more information or to contact Korah for special effects makeup assistance, email her at [email protected]


Korah-Gora Fx Gelatin

1/2 cup non-flavored gelatin

1/2 cup glycerin

3/4 cup water (or use any 1:1:1.5 ratio)

Mix in a microwave-safe container. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once it is liquified and the chunks are gone it is ready to be used. Be careful, as it can be extremely hot! If you want to add color, you can add any cream or grease pigment into it. This is reusable, so don't worry about using it all at once. Fx Gelatin can be used to make a wound by spreading it on your skin with a popsicle stick and cutting it open. It also works well for creating a nasty skin texture.


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