Tina Akelo who owns a salon in Kilifi called Gifted Hands shared on what it is like to do make up on corpses.
Tina, however, only works on female corpses.
Speaking to KTN Leo, Tina said her services are in high demand especially if the said customer was involved in a car accident and died.She is paid between Sh 20,000 to Sh 25,000.
Tins stated that in 2016 is when she first did make up on a dead person after a bride she had made up for her wedding day, passed on six years later.The family reached out to her to provide the make up services.That was her first job making up a corpse, in 2016.
“I CLEANED MY FRIEND, MADE HER LOOK PRETTY AND THEN DRESSED HER UP.”
When families contract her for the job, Tina lets them know what she need like foundation, brushes, powder etc. Then she goes to the mortuary early to make the corpse up before the burial is underway.
Her experience in the mortuary, sometimes scares her.
“SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO JUMP OVER SOME BODIES TO CONTINUE WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING. OTHER TIMES, MORTICIANS COULD BE WORKING ON OTHER BODIES. YOU HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GET IT DONE,” TINA SAID.