We are already into the second week of October, and onto the second costume idea. Sometimes, parties come up without much notice, or you're short on change - what should you do if you still want to get a little dressed up, but are without a costume?
Makeup to the rescue! One of the most beautiful looks done in celebration of a beautiful event, the Sugar Skull for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
I'll show you a simple sugar skull tutorial that can be embellished upon however you would like if you so desire (and have the time).
- Start with a clean, moisturized face. Some people use white face paint for the base, but I was using what I had available in my makeup box, so I went simple and just used foundation.
- For this look we are doing the sugar skull on side, and a regular (if not a little dramatic for daytime) makeup look on the other. I did go in and exaggerate my features a bit with a light brown eyeshadow for contour around my temples, cheek bones, and on my chin, right under my bottom lip. Create a circle around your eye, angling it a little by using your eyebrow as a guide, and fill it in. I used a black pencil eyeliner, melted the tip with a lighter, and applied it on my eye. I smudged it all in using a brush. I also filled in the opposite eyebrow with the same color pencil.
- Use that same brush to create the general outline of where you want your nose to be. Easiest way to explain the shape? Make an upside down heart, the fullest parts reaching the edges of your nostrils, the pointed part at the center of your nose. Fill that in, and smudge a bit under the tip of your nose as well.
- Onto the mouth - start by drawing thin lines toward your cheeks, beginning at the corners of your mouth. I used a felt tip eyeliner for more precise lines. Create dots above and below your top and bottom lips that line up with each other using either one of your eyeliners. Connect these dots vertically with a thin line. I had my dots extend past my lips at the corners, and up the cheekbone on the Sugar Skull side. I also blended a little gray under the cheekbone line to create a shadow.
- Back to the eye, I did small petals around the eye using the felt tip liner, and filled them in with white eyeshadow. I blended just a little on one side of the petals to create a shadow and add some dimension to them. I finished off this look by adding liner and mascara to my unadorned eye.
Personally, I liked doing this version of the makeup because I find it to be an ideal representation of the Holiday, "An expression of the beauty and mystery of life and death...a time of introspection...and at its most potent, it is a balanced blend of the two". This look blends both a personal, everyday look, and the Sugar Skull - a blending of life and death.
The fun thing about this look is, as I mentioned, you can get creative and add designs to your forehead, chin, cheeks, basically anywhere you so desire. I went with the simple look because A) the makeup I bought for this look ended up being really terrible, so I had to start over (you're seeing the second attempt in these images), and B) My landlord knocked on the door as I was finishing and I didn't feel like greeting him in full makeup (I've only been in this apartment for a week - I figure I should let him adjust for at least a month or so before I start scaring him).
Another great thing about this look is as I said, if you don't have a costume, you can always go simple and just wear black or yellow (I don't own anything yellow...so black it was!).
Or, check out this list to see what the colors represent and put your costume together that way!
For accessories to complete my look, I threw on a wig, one blue contact in the sugar skull side, a black choker, and a veil (These are new contacts, so I had to find an excuse to use them immediately).
I really enjoyed creating this look, and learned that if you're inspired, you can create an awesome costume using only what you already have.
Now for some totally necessary ridiculous faces I made while in costume...
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and the second costume look for October 2014.
Stay tuned for more costume ideas on Wednesdays and Saturdays this month, and keep an eye out for other Halloween posts that just may randomly pop up throughout the week... (always keeping you on your toes!)