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Dead Like Me

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Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead“Calavera: a representation of human skull made from either sugar or clay, which is used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls Day.” – Wikipedia, which got it right!

This year, since Halloween fell on a Friday, our annual party at bestie’s apartment falls on November 1, the Day of the Dead. I have, therefore, been researching sugar skull makeup with my usual thoroughness. I found some really spectacular illustrations, so I thought they were the perfect post for today. And the bonus for me is that I finally have a way to justify the 2,000 shades of eyeshadow I own!

Black and white Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I would have been happier if the model didn’t look like a skeleton to begin with, but I can’t deny it’s effective

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

Simple black and white with just the hot pink at the jaw bones. Very interesting!

Blue Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I quite like the use of sequins and the black and blue palette

Cross-hatched Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I was really impressed by this sketched-looking sugar skull makeup. Tutorial video is here.

Spring colored Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

This one is really lovely and might not result in you looking like a runny mess at the end of the night!

Rainbow Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

Really fun use of color, and I love what they did with her lower eyeliner

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I really do love everything about this one. The monochrome palette is glorious, the embellishments are really flattering to her face shape and don’t get me started on the rhinestones! I also found a video tutorial for essentially the same look!

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I really love the pink and purple contouring!

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

And speaking of contouring, how beautifully done are those cheekbones? I’m also really taken with the repeating notes of red.

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

I am absolutely in love with the way her eyeshadow colors are blended into one another, and I like her mostly-bare face, too

Calavera sugar skull makeup for Mexican Day of the Dead

It’s not the best makeup job ever, but I’m fascinated by the cut t-shirt that looks like bones. So smart!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Dead Like Me

  1. I *loved* Dia de Los Muertos when I lived in Mexico. I can’t wait to take my little one someday when bigger. The calaveras are my favourite. In one parade I attended in Mixquic a gay (male) couple dressed as a pregnant bride and groom. The makeup was spectacular and the bursting belly quite hilarious. Thanks for sending me on that trip down memory lane and have a great time at your party tonight! Oh and *please* send me a photo of your makeup.

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  2. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed looking at these. I have loved sugar skulls and the various makeup incarnations it inspires. Check out Sylvia Ji if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing her artwork. My cousin’s band, Los Meesfits, always uses a dancer in sugar skull makeup when they play. 🙂

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  3. The video tutorials are mesmerizing. How did your effort go? Will we be seeing a photo?

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    • It was pretty good in person, but per usual, It was unphotographable. I don’t know what happens to me when someone points a camera at me. It’s like I’m demon-possessed or like my head is replaced by Jabba the Hutt’s. Very disappointing.

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  4. My son’s girlfriend did this kind of make-up for the two of them. I’ll figure a way to send it to you.

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