The tradition of the sugar skull dates back to the 18th century in Mexico when sugar skulls, lambs, and angels were made to adorn the churches. The sugar skulls were hand made to represent the deceased. Today sugar skulls are associated with Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, that occurs November 1-2. It’s a time to honor the children that have passed away and then to honor the adults. There are elaborate altars created with flowers, food, toys, pictures, and on the last time mezcal and cigarettes. This tradition appears to mainly be celebrated in southern Mexico, although it has moved into other parts and even in some areas of the U.S.
I’ve been fascinated with sugar skulls for some time so when I saw Lisa Joy Young’s video with her take on a sugar skull emerging from the face I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t have the same colors that she had so I also used this video as inspiration with my color choices. And, of course, what would sugar skull research be without Pinterest! I loved going through all the pictures that others have pinned on sugar skull makeup creations!
Both of the videos above made recreating a sugar skull with makeup super easy and fun. I had to get creative as I didn’t have any of the brand specific makeup that was used in either video, but I didn’t let that stop me! I just used what I had and got creative. But half the fun of creating is making it your own.
For the headband I simply hot glued flowers to a head band. In the picture above I give a little bit more detail, but really it’s quite easy…just remember hot glue is, well, HOT! Ouch! (Not that you would burn yourself, but I know I have…more than once!)
If I were to do this specific look again I would make the side where the skull is breaking out of the face more jagged. I would also use stage blood, which I didn’t have on hand. I like the way this looks, just sharing what I learned along the way.
This was a super fun look to recreate, but if I were to do it again I would leave a lot more time for doing the makeup. This took so much longer than I anticipated. I ended up running out of time so had to rush at the end to finish it in time.
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