Here’s a fun fact: Dia de los Muertos is actually celebrated during the first two days of November, not on October 31!
The origins of this cultural day can be traced back to the Aztecs. However, in mainstream culture today, it’s mostly known for the traditional Catrina (skull) makeup that has become a Halloween fast favorite.
Sugar skull makeup is inspired from the bright and beautiful decorations used to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The decorations are bold, colorful, and intricate. The Catrinas are not meant to be scary, but rather represent loved ones who have already passed away.
However, this look is probably the most difficult look to achieve. There are many elements and steps that go into applying this complex look. Those who can master this are definitely talented artists, but that doesn’t mean the casual makeup user can’t achieve the same results!
Just like any other makeup tutorial, practice makes perfect. The sugar skull makeup look is definitely not the look to test run last minute. Therefore, be sure to buy your makeup products in advance. The same processes you use in your daily makeup routine is reflected in sugar skull makeup, but you will need to buy different products you likely don’t already have in your makeup collection.
The base of the look is like applying foundation. However, you will need to use a white base to achieve the skull-inspired look. You will contour and highlight your face as you normally do, but you will need to use different colors that complement the white base. Lastly, the color accents on the skull aren’t likely in your collection either. The Day of the Dead look is more costly, but definitely worth the artistic practice!
Level of difficulty: 9/10
Amount of time required: 1 Hour 30 minutes
If you want to give this look a try, we recommend the following:
Apply your base color. This is the perfect time to decide if you want a full face or half face skull. Either way, you are guaranteed a bold result.
Apply Black around the eye(s). After you have created the perfect circles, you can add an additional color around the eye to increase the drama for this look.
Draw on those dramatic teeth! You can use your favorite eyeliner for this step.
Now for the fun part: Add in those small details. You draw on flowers, add some scalloping around the eyes, and any cool details.
Embellish your look. This is probably the most creative and fun process for this look. You can add rhinestones to your look or top it off with some glitter. Let your imagination run wild for this part!