How to Apply Day of the Dead Makeup

How to Apply Day of the Dead Makeup

The Day of the Dead is a widely observed holiday with a distinct makeup style that is traditionally associated with the holiday. Because it resembles the skull candy used in the celebration, the look is known as “sugar skull” makeup. Applying Day of the Dead makeup has become a popular tradition that is simple enough for most people to do. Although there are virtually infinite variations, achieving the basic look is simple.

Part 1 Creating the Base

1. Face should be washed, moisturised, and primed. Use your regular cleanser, or simply soap and water. To ensure a smooth makeup application, keep your face clean and oil-free. After that, apply moisturiser because heavy makeup can dry out your skin. Finally, use a makeup primer to smooth out your features and make the makeup apply more smoothly and easily.

Washing your face is essential to ensure that it is oil-free when you begin applying makeup. Moisturizer and primer will help you achieve the desired look, but they are not required.

2. Apply a white base all over your face. Use nothing grease-based, such as clown paint from the Halloween store. Instead, water-based theatrical makeup, such as that sold by Ben Nye, is frequently recommended. White Kabuki makeup is another option. If you have the option, it is probably best to order either of these online. Apply makeup to your entire face with a sponge or brush, avoiding the area around your eyes.

Makeup should be applied from the top of your brow, just below the hairline, to the sides of your face, at the edge of your ear, and around your jawline, just under the chin. Don’t go all the way under your chin or all the way down onto your neck.

You may need to apply multiple coats to completely cover your face. You don’t want your makeup to look caked or lumpy, but you do want your face to look completely white with no skin showing through.

Makeup should not be applied to your lips.

3. Set the base with a powder. Cover the entire face lightly with standard setting powder. Either a brush or a powder puff will suffice. To avoid smearing the white base you’ve just applied, dab rather than wipe with a puff.

Setting with powder is optional, but it will ensure a longer-lasting look.

You can also apply hot pink eye shadow or blush to the contours of your cheeks, chin, and forehead at this point.

4. Make a circle around your eyes. You can use a pencil eyeliner, a liquid eyeliner, a nude pencil, or even cream eye shadow. The idea is to outline the entire area of the eye that you want to draw attention to. From the top of the brows to the lower edge of the eye socket, the circle should encompass the entire eye socket.

A light swipe of an Elmer’s glue stick can help straighten and even out brows that are thick or difficult to shape. It’s harmless and easily removed with water.

Don’t worry about making a perfect circle because you’ll be blending it with makeup later.

Part 2 Accentuating the Eyes

1. Mascara should be applied to both eyes. Because you’re going for a darker look than usual, don’t be afraid to use 2 or 3 coats of mascara. Using one coat of brown mascara followed by one coat of black mascara can give your lashes a fuller appearance. Given the overall appearance, mascara and other features do not need to be flawless. It’s also not a big deal if mascara gets on your eyelids because you’ll be covering this entire area anyway.

If you want to curl your lashes, now is the time.

You can also buy mascara designed to add volume, such as Maybelline’s The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara or Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.

2. Apply a line of black eyeliner to both eyes. Apply eyeliner around the waterline of your eye as usual, but also cover about halfway up your upper eyelid. Also, because you won’t be able to get the inside and outside corners with paint or eye shadow, make sure you get them well. The best eyeliner is liquid, but pencil is also an option.

3. From the lashes to the brows, blend. Blend eyeshadow up from the eyeliner, filling in the circle from the eyelashes to the brow with an all-over eyeshadow brush or a blender brush. Then, fill in the rest of the circle with shading around the bottom of the eye socket. When you’re done, you should have a completely filled circle around your eye. It is not necessary for the circle to be perfect.

You must decide whether you want to stick with a basic black and white look or add some colour. You are free to style your eyes in any way that best suits your desired look. You can use all black or a bright colour like blue or pink.

4. Make small dots all around the circle’s outside edge. Using the same eyeliner as before, place the dots so that they overlap just slightly. If you want to keep things simple, use a black filled circle and black dots. If you used blue or pink, black dots are also acceptable; however, if you used black to fill in the circles, you could highlight the dots with bright red paint.

Instead of simple dots, you can use bright colours to create more elaborate flower petals.

Part 3 Accenting the Nose and Mouth

1. Lips should be painted. Begin by applying a simple lipstick. Bright red or pale pink are the best choices, but feel free to choose whatever you prefer. Then, draw a horizontal line across the middle of your lips with a black lip liner (or eyeliner).

You can make the line extend just past the corners of your mouth or all the way to your jaw line.

Don’t make it too wavy, but it also doesn’t have to be as straight as a ruler.

2. Small vertical lines should be drawn through the horizontal line. This completes the mouth stitching.

The length of the stitch lines is up to you, but they should not be longer than an inch.

It is also up to you how close you place them, but don’t get them so close that they blend together.

3. The nose should be painted. To draw attention to the nose, use black paint or liquid eyeliner. Begin at the bridge of your nose and work your way to the tip, forming a triangle with rounded points. If you want, you can also paint the entire nose, including the nostrils.

Part 4 Adding Extra Features

1. Make spiderwebs on your brow and cheeks. Draw two lines on your forehead, like the points of a triangle, with the point facing your nose. Draw a third line through the intersection of the first two. Fill in the web by connecting all three lines with wavy horizontal lines. You can also add spiderwebs to your shoulders or chest, depending on the type of shirt you’re wearing.

2. Make small crosses and hearts out of paper. Make a small cross on your forehead and one on each cheek with black eyeliner. Draw a small heart on your chin with red lipstick. These details represent the love and spiritual aspects of Day of the Dead.

3. Make some flowers. Flowers can be used to customise the look in a variety of ways. Keep it simple with a single flower on the cheek or a bouquet that extends from the temple to your jaw. You can also draw petals around your black eye makeup.

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