When it comes to holidays, it’s hard to think of a more interesting one then Mexico’s Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. The celebration begins at Midnight on October 31st, when, according to folklore, heaven’s gates are opened and deceased children may reunite with their families for the following 24 hours. Adult spirits join the festivities on November 2nd and the remembrance of those passed continues. Beautifully crafted and decorated sugar skulls represent the departed souls. Beautiful and haunting, the colorful and glittering skulls have become extremely popular costume inspiration for Halloween. While dress may vary from traditional Mexican attire to skeleton suits, elaborate face painting is a must. In this how-to post, I’ll show you how to create a sugar skull makeup look using a basic face painting kit and a couple cosmetics I borrowed from my makeup bag. In a pinch, you can create this look without face paint – just skip the white base and use eyeliner and lipstick for the black and red shades.
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