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Day of the Dead Skull Makeup and Face Paint

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Dia de los Muertos -- Mexican Day of the Dead Face Painting and Makeup Ideas

Discover skull face paint designs to celebrate this occasion in style.

Mexican Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a time for honoring the dead. The skull is an important theme, with sugar skulls are offered to the dead and living.

The sugar skull has influenced the face painting and costumes that can be seen alongside the more traditional skull-shaped masks in Day of the Dead celebrations. As you can see here, the festival's makeup is based on the traditional skull with darkened eye and nose sockets, but also includes intricate and sometimes colorful details on the rest of the face. These include petals around the eye sockets plus a spiders web on the forehead and often hearts and flowers.

I hope you enjoy the different interpretations of the sugar skull face paint and makeup that you you will find here


Sugar Skull Makeup with Emerald Eyes - Day of the Dead Face Paint from 'Beauty by Sarah'

SarahVictor has some wonderful face paint and makeup videos, and I love this Sugar Skull one she has created for Dia de los Muertos.

Sarah does speed videos but includes on-screen text that lets you know exactly what products she is using.

I love the green she uses for the eye sockets. I also really like the way she demonstrates how to get those straight lines on your forehead! She shows a very nice example of how to create that spider web look that is so much a part of the Sugar Skull makeup for women.

I don't think the video preview picture below does this Day of the Dead face painting justice so do take the time to watch it. The eyes in particular are beautiful and look like emerald velvet.

Begin with the Basic Sugar Skull and Line Detail

White Face, Black Outlines

To start off, you need to create a blank white skull face and then to add in eye sockets, teeth, and the heart-shaped areas on nose and chin with black face paint.

A black and white set of face paints like this one from Snazaroo will be ideal for this. They are also safe and non-toxic, if you have any younger Day of the Dead fans wanting their faces painted.

Day of the Dead Skull with Purple Eyes - Dia de los Muertos Makeup by Goldiestarling

Here is another stunning example of a Sugar Skull Dia de los Muertos face painting for women, this one from the talented goldiestarling.

This one is narrated so you will get some help, but she does warn you at the beginning that it takes a long time. In my opinion the results are worth it!

A mix of face paint and regular makeup products are used here, but they are all listed below the video over on YouTube if you want to recreate this look. That gorgeous rich purple is from the Mehron Tropical palette. For a finsihing touch she adds rhinestones around the eyes (use eyelash glue for a safe way to stick these to skin if you want to try it yourself!).

This Sugar Skull design was inspired by a painting by Sylvia Ji.

Mexican Day of the Dead Face Design - Sugar Skull Makeup Photos from DaCheller

This Sugar Skull face painting from tortolita07 is another step by step tutorial, this time with a beautiful turquoise blue in the eye sockets.

Team it with hot pink for a vibrant but feminine look. It's perfect for partying, and even better with that hair!

I love the way those eyes shimmer. She used an aqua glitter over the top of eyeliner base for that sparkly effect.

Dio de los Muertos Face Painting - Dead Day Face Step by Step from MrDMontage

Can a man wear sugar skull makeup? Of course he can! Where would all those skeleton brides be without a Day of the Dead groom?

As MrDMontage shows, the sugar skull look is perfect for guys. Yes, this painting has flowers, but there's nothing girlie about it. His video shows you the progression of his Dia de los Muertos makeup step by step.

Only 2 colors are used, but don't be fooled -- a great deal of work went into this one to give it that amazing look. The mouth is particular is just awesome!

Don't Miss: Step by Step Sugar Skull Face Paint Tutorials - Find easy to follow illustrated instructions for your Day of the Dead makeup

© 2010 Indigo Janson

Did you like the look of this fun makeup?

deckdesign on January 03, 2013:

I've always found the Day of the Dead masks fascinating. Great job on putting this lens together.

anonymous on November 19, 2012:

Beautiful lens, thanks so much for sharing!

Neil Spencer from uk on November 10, 2012:

This is very interesting

poorwendy lm on November 04, 2012:

I love Day of the Dead. It's such a colorful celebration.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on November 01, 2012:

@Lee Hansen: I'd love to go to one too. I hope everyone who is celebrating has a fantastic time! And thanks for your great comments, Pastiche!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on November 01, 2012:

I love dia de los muertos skull art and makeup. I've creates a few pieces of sugar skull art and hope to get a bigger collection going this year. I'd love to go to a Day of the Dead party or celebration. Love this lens!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 17, 2012:

These are great make up.

VspaBotanicals on October 08, 2012:

Nice!

KimGiancaterino on September 25, 2012:

Yes, very nice! Day of the Dead is very popular here in Los Angeles. The artwork is always so colorful and interesting. We generally visit The Folk Tree in Pasadena to see what the local artists have come up with.

Alan Paine from Los Angeles on June 30, 2012:

Awesome channel! Is it ironic to say, Long live Day of the Dead?

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

Wonderful tutorials! Would have been nice to have the first one with a narration, but all and all it was very well done!

MindPowerProofs1 on March 29, 2012:

I will definitely try one of these on myself to scare one of my friends who is easily frightened. Waiting for the scream.Thanks for the idea

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

You've got this one dead right and spot on!

Obscure_Treasures on November 15, 2011:

Day of the Dead Skull Makeup and Face Paint is just awesome and so is your lens. great work.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 25, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks Marlene. Hope you have a great birthday. I'll go fix the countdown. :)

anonymous on October 25, 2011:

love it planning on doing this on my birthday which is the day of the dead, and its on November 2nd November 1st is actually saints day.

ErHawkns7100 on October 20, 2011:

These faces are actually pretty scary. Reminds me of voodoo rituals.

JoleneBelmain on September 27, 2011:

The sugar skull it beautiful, as are the rest of the face paintings.. just amazing :)

punkgrinder on September 13, 2011:

Wow, really beautiful designs, i would love to be in Mexico at this time, hopefully one day. Great lens!

blasius on September 08, 2011:

Great faces! I think you should paint some of celebrities without makeup faces. :)) Keep good work!

Francis Luxford from United Kingdom on August 19, 2011:

Ah, these designs are super cool. Great lens!

Paul from Liverpool, England on August 15, 2011:

There's not enough de los Muertos in celebrations - Angel Blessed

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on August 14, 2011:

Love the Day of the Dead. Great costume ideas.

WeirdStuff on June 29, 2011:

Great guide :D

anonymous on June 12, 2011:

Awesome lens. The face painting is fantastic

NYThroughTheLens on April 22, 2011:

Amazing. Love this.

LouiseKirkpatrick from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom on March 17, 2011:

WOW! These are amazing...and beautiful :)

miaponzo on January 31, 2011:

I used to love that day in Mexico.. I lived there for about 6 months many years ago! The day of the dead is a serious religious holiday for them, but for me it was just fun :) Thanks!

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on January 10, 2011:

They are actually quite beautiful.

lasertek lm on November 10, 2010:

Very nice indeed! I think this is the first time I have seen & read an article about this. Great job!

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 27, 2010:

@anonymous: It is indeed a lovely art form, the detail is so intricate and I love this attitude of celebration towards death!

anonymous on October 26, 2010:

It is a beautiful art form and an interesting experience to honor our ancestors. Great lens and great idea for Halloween.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 11, 2010:

@Mihaela Vrban: But good scary! ;) Maybe more one for older kids and adults though.

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on October 11, 2010:

This looks really scary! :)

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 08, 2010:

@justholidays: I love these sugar skull face paintings and it was fun to show them off -- I almost like Day of the Dead more than Hallowe'en! Thanks for visiting.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 08, 2010:

@SofiaMann: Muchas gracias, Sofia!

justholidays on October 08, 2010:

Excellent page on how to make a skull makeup! You definitely are the Queen of Face Paint!

SofiaMann on October 08, 2010:

Fantastic. Great lens.

Indigo Janson (author) from UK on October 08, 2010:

@Kiwisoutback: Thanks very much, Kiwi!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on October 08, 2010:

It's awesome, looks very cool. Lensrolled to my Mexican t-shirts lens.