Day of the Dead Face Painting

 

During a Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead celebration, it’s customary to paint your face in the style of Catrina, an iconic, ghoulish lady who wears a fabulous hat. Here’s a quick How-To guide in creating this look, but this is just a place to start, a jumping off point. You can get creative and make yourself up like any ghost you want!

What You Need: Costume make-up, regular make-up, cosmetic brushes, glitter hairspray, red rose, and pink and blue fake rhinestones with adhesive.

Step One: Apply a good foundation of white base make-up. Buff and smooth with a cotton pad.

White base make-up, Day of the Dead face painting
(White base make-up, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)

Step Two: Create drama around the eyes.

Drama around the eyes, Day of the Dead face painting
(Drama around the eyes, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)

Step Three: Create a stitched, Frankenstein-ish mouth and flair around the chin.

Create a stitched mouth and flair around the chin, Day of the Dead face painting
(Stitched mouth and chin flair, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)

Step Four: Spray glitter hairspray in your hair and smooth with a small brush.

Glitter hairspray in hair, Day of the Dead face painting
(Glitter hairspray in hair, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)

Step Five: Place rhinestones around the eyes, then apply eyeliner.

Eyeliner and rhinestone application, Day of the Dead face painting
(Eyeliner and rhinestone application, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)

Step Six: Place a red rose behind your ear. And you’re done – you’re ready to party during the Day of the Dead!

Caterina, Day of the Dead face painting
(Caterina, Day of the Dead face painting, photo by: J. Clegg.)
Lisa Mitchell

I am a blogger for CheapCaribbean.com who is a travel junkie and addicted to the beach.

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