Here is a step-by-step Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull makeup tutorial. Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that starts on October 31st and ends November 2nd. This is a holiday that celebrates the lives of friends and family who have died. The sugar skull is a traditional symbol of this holiday along with the marigold flower. One should always remember to treat holiday traditions with respect so if you plan on celebrating Dia de Los Muertos this year then this tutorial is for you!
Step By Step Guide To Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup
- White liner/grease paint/ face paint
- White or translucent powder
- Black liner/ grease paint/ face paint
- Black eyeshadow
- Red eyeshadow
- Metallic copper eyeshadow
- Rhinestones optional
- Flower crown
- Makeup/paint brushes
- Start by outlining the areas you will be hallowing out or covering in black. This is usually the eye sockets, hallows of the cheeks, nose, and temples.
- Using a white grease paint, face paint or liner color the surrounding areas. I personally used a jumbo white liner and a buffing brush to smooth it out.
- You will want to set the makeup so it does not smug and will last through the night so use a white powder or translucent powder all over the face. I used a translucent powder.
- Next, use your black grease paint, face paint or liner to fill in the hallow areas.
- To set the black use a black eyeshadow. Use dabbing motions to pack the shadow on the area.
- Using a black eyeliner sketch out patterns on the forehead, chin, lips, around the eyes and on the cheeks (optional).
- Use the red eyeshadow to fill in your chin and around the eyes. You can use a different color or a variety of colors. I chose red to match my hair.
- If your details get lost after you apply shadow just go over the lines with a black eyeliner or a black gel liner.
- Next, outline your nose, cheeks and add detail to your eyes, forehead and chin using a metallic cream eyeshadow. I chose copper, but feel free to use any color or even skip this step.
- This step is optional but feel free to use rhinestones in your look as well. They would look great around the eyes, eyebrows, and the forehead.
- Finally, put on your costume and don’t forget your flower crown! Have fun and enjoy!
Do you celebrate Dia de Los Muertos? Would you use this Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull makeup tutorial? If you do, be sure to show us your creation!