Today, I’m showing you how to get a sugar skull look. Sugar skulls originate from Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) and the Catholic All Souls’ Day, both celebrated on November 2nd. Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and many other countries and cultures; the celebration starts on October 31 and goes through November 2nd. It coincides with the Christian holidays, All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. These holidays are to celebrate the lives and souls of the deceased and to honor them at their resting places with food, gifts, marigolds and sugar skulls.
Let’s be clear that Halloween is NOT Day of the Dead! Please do not get these holidays confused. Halloween is also known as All Hallows’ Eve and Dia de los Inocentes where the souls of departed children are honored.
Sugar skulls are beautiful works of art, and people often celebrate these holidays by painting their own faces. They can range from extremely elaborate to very simple. No matter what style, it’s a gorgeous look. I’ve seen a lot of sugar skull tutorials for Halloween this year, but haven’t seen a lot using just products you have at home. Many of them involve face paint and have a lot of bells and whistles.
Well, today I have your foolproof guide to a sugar skull look using makeup products you already have! Check it out:
You Need: Eye Primer
Lots of it. Seriously. I'm using my go-to Mary Kay eye primer.
You Need: An Eyeshadow Brush
Any kind will do.
You Need: Black Eyeliner
This is Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner. You can use whatever you like.
You Need: White Eyeliner
Make sure this is really pigmented!
You Need: Black Eye Shadow and Bright Shadow Of Your Choice
I'm using a hot pink and a bright blue for this look. You absolutely need a matte black shadow.
You Need: Mascara
Once again, I'm using Boots No. 7 Lash Adapt.
You Need: Light Pink or Nude Lipstick
Pick your favorite shade!
Do Your Face Makeup As Usual
Skip the blush, we just want a matte face to start with.
Fill In Your Brows With Black
I recommend using shadow here instead of liner. You want really dark brows here. Make sure you apply your eye primer all over your lid and under your eye.
Start Your Eye Border With Your Brows
Using black eyeliner, you're going to create an eye socket like you see on a skull. I followed the natural lines of my facial structure.
You don't want a perfect circle. Try your best to follow your face's guidelines.
Create Petals Or Circles Around The Edge
You can do any kind of design you want. I chose a petal design.
Do This All The Way Around
Make sure you do an even number. I miscounted and did 9 instead of 10. Oops.
Start Filling In Your Eye With Black Shadow
Wet your shadow brush and make a paste with your black shadow. This will act like face paint, but won't be as hard to remove! Pro tip: you can do this with any eyeliner to make it a liquid liner.
Fill It In All The Way
Be careful when you get close to your lash line, but fill in your whole eye.
Line your lower water line with white liner and fill in your shapes. This will create a good base for whatever colors you want to use. You also can just do this look in black and white if you want. It's up to you! Then apply your colored shadow where you want it.
Have Fun With It
I added some lines and colored in a few of my petals. You can really do what you want here! Apply mascara and your eye is done.
Trace Along The Tip Of Your Nose
Using your black liner, trace along the tip of your nose and along each nostril.
Fill It In
Fill this in using the same method as you did with your eye.
Draw A Line From Your Cupid's Bow To Below Your Lip
Create this line and outline the outside of your lip with white liner.
Add More Stitches
Space them out how you want.
Draw A Line Along Your Cheek And Add Sitches
Draw a line with black liner along your cheek and outline it with white liner. Add stitches along this line.
Highlight Your Brow Bone On Your Other Eye
Using white liner or highlighter, brighten up your brow bone.
Add Pink Lipstick To The Other Half Of Your Lip And Cheek
You want the other half of your face to be light. I used my lip pencil as lip color and blush.
You can choose to do a full face, but I think the half skull is a really cool option.
What are you doing for Halloween? Are you using any of our tutorials? Tell us in the comments!