Its that time of year again and I’m getting super excited about all the fun makeups I will be doing for Halloween. If its anything like last year I will definitely be pumping out some Mexican Sugar Skulls!
My inbox has been flooded with people looking to have their faces painted like the Day of the Dead…unfortunately I have been booked solid for Halloween since about June! That is what made me decide to do a simple ‘how-to’ that anyone could follow.
But before I walk you through the steps of an awesome looking sugar skull I wanted to share with you some of the fun makeups I did last year to help inspire you and to get you into the Halloween spirit!
Here is a Devil-complete with horns and pointed ears:
And my adorable niece Ruby that I turned into Draculaura from Monster High:
A Venom bodypaiting that looked pretty damn cool once I was done!
and lastly my Crystal Adorned Mexican Sugar Skull that I will teach you how to recreate!
Now lets get started!
Firstly here are the key products I used:
- Pure White Chromacake from MAC-I just used water to activate it
- Blacktrack Fluidline from MAC
- A water-proof eyeliner, Engraved Powerpoint from MAC
- Black Eyeliner Pen from Essence
- Azalea Blush from MAC Pro
- Funky lashes
- MAC Brushes #190, #252 & #209
- Flat-backed Crystals *I just got mine from the craft section at Dollarama
- Fushia Pigment from MAC
- Spirit Gum from Ben Nye
Map out where you want the two eye cut-outs to be. I just used a nude pencil but you can use white or black too. You can also map out where you would want your nose cut-outs to be.
Fill your entire face in minus the cut-outs using Pure White Chromacake. I just used water to activate the product. If you have more of an oily skin type you can add some invisible set powder on top.
Contour your cheeks, forehead, under your nose and chin using a fun bright colour-I used Azalea Pro Blush from MAC. Any medium sized contour brush would work fine.
To create the scalloped effect around the eye cut outs I used the #252 brush from MAC that was the exact size I wanted the scallops to be. I then put a good amount of Blacktrack Fluidline on the flat side of the brush and dragged it towards the center of my eye. Continue this action until the entire eye cut-out is framed with scallops.
To create a more 3-dimensional look I added Fushia Pigment on top of the black. I rimmed around my eyes then eventually faded it out before the scalloped edges.
To define the eyes even more I lined the inner rim using Engraved Powerpoint Liner. And then I used the black pen liner from Essence to rim the outside of my eyes-both top and bottom.
I added some funky lashes on top. Have fun with this and opt for fuller, more dramatic lashes for a really ‘wow’ effect.
To complete the eyes I strategically placed flat-back crystals (with a dollip of spirit gum on the back) inside each of the scallops.
Now the nose cut outs. I used Blacktrack again and I traced out 2 triangle shapes on the side of my nose and filled them in so they were solid black.
To define the lips I traced around the outer edge of my lips using the same colour I used to contour my face.
And lastly I placed stiches on my lips using Blacktrack and the #209 brush. I also used the black to shade in the center of my lips.
And Voila!!! There you have 11 simple steps to create a sparkly, pretty, yet spooky looking Mexican Sugar Skull!