Hola amigos! Recognize this skeletora? It's me, your girl Maryam, disguised as a Mexican Catrina and painted as a sugar skull for Dia de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead! This haunting, yet vibrant Mexican holiday follows Halloween ("All Hallows Eve") and precedes All Saints Day (or "All Hallows Day"), in a tradition to commemorate friends and loved ones who have passed. In Mexican and South American cultures, the Day of the Dead is celebrated in color with decorated skulls (las calaveras catrinas), bright flowers and edible sugar skulls adorning the altars that host the festivities. It is my dream to eat sugar skulls and drink tequila in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos, and one day I'll make it a reality! For now, I'm celebrating in spirit and in full makeup in stormin' NYC... MUA-Ha-Ha!!!
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*image found on Google
Sugar Skulls and Catrinas are popular Halloween costumes enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over the world, and can be replicated using cosmetic or stage makeup, as well as professional-grade face paint. For my look, I'm using all three types of makeup!
- Koh Gen Do color base in Pearl White -- used all over the face as primer
- Koh Gen Do aqua foundation in White (Illuminator) -- this HD foundation is cinema quality and delivers incredible results when mixed with white face paint. Halloween face paints tend to go on unevenly, so it's best to mix them with your lightest foundation (white being ideal)
- Rubie's Cream Makeup in White -- mixed with white foundation for optimal results
- Coastal Scents Contour and Blush Palette -- white pressed powder used to seal in the foundation
FEATURES (eyes, nose, cheekbones) :
- Rubie's Cream Makeup in Black-- used to trace out and fill the eye sockets and brows
- Lime Crime eyeshadow in Lotus Noir (Chinadoll Palette) -- used to seal the eye socket area
- Black eyeliner to carve out the cheekbones & draw teeth and spiderweb
- Mehron Foundation Grease in Black -- used to render cheekbone shadows
- Lime Crime uniliner in Quill -- used to paint the swirls and sharpen the details of the spiderweb & cheekbones
- Lime Crime uniliners in Rhyme, Orchidaceous, Blue Milk, Lazuli & 6th Element -- used to paint the eye socket decoration and cheek/chin swirls
LIPS: Lime Crime Carousel Gloss in Cherry On Top
I don't typically match my nails to my maquillage, but this time, I decided to go all out and complete this look with sugar skulls nail art! here is my inspiration (image from Google*) and the finished product:
I wanted to stay true to the decorative skulls of Dia de los Muertos, but I also wanted to add a Halloween touch with a few themed skulls: the pumpkin skull (orange), the spiderweb skull, the alien skull (green) and the robot skull (white / blue).
I used various polishes and nail art pens for the bases of the designs, plus dotting tools and rhinestones of varying sizes and shapes for decoration. Most of my tools came from BornPrettyStore.com (10% off coupon: MARYAM5W21)
My long curly black wig was purchased at a local beauty supply store. You can find a similar one here, at KKcenterHK.com (10% off coupon: MARYAM)
Dia de Muertos!
This month has been a roller-coaster and I'm happy to conclude it on a festive and spooktacular note! October 2012 has been awesomely busy for "Maryam Maquillage" -- not only was my nail art featured in Cosmo for Latinas, but I also celebrated my birthday and have used my bday blessings to help set up my video recording studio to transition to YouTube. I hosted a mini giveaway -- Congrats to winner Kelly Brown of Michigan -- and I'm planning a few more in the upcoming months. Stay tuned for more news in makeup, beauty & nail art from moi, Maryam Maquillage!
Happy Halloween & Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!
Maryam Maquillage © 2012. www.maryammaquillage.com