The number one search term on my website is Dia de los Meurtos. One post last Halloween, and it makes me popular all year ’round. I figure resources must be in short supply for Sugar Skull makeup, so I thought I’d do another post on this topic. It’s a great Halloween look, and so much sexier than a tiny skirt and lots of boobs.
First, for inspiration:
Do a Google Image search for Sylvia Ji. Sylvia Ji is an artist with the most gorgeous sugar skull images. Skulls + pin-ups + a little Frida Kahlo seems to be the magical combination.
Second, get the right materials.
I would venture to say you can hardly even start with a Sugar Skull look without NYX Cosmetics. NYX pencils are widely available; I know you can get the entire color range at Ulta. NYX Milk pencil is perfect to create the soft white skin tone needed. They can be patted and blended and smoothed. You will have to be careful not to touch your face too much (and an especially wild Halloween with drunken snogging will be especially dangerous for the Sugar Skull makeup) so it won’t smear, because it doesn’t dry. Fortunately the Sugar Skull face doesn’t require too much fine work; more bold colors and shapes are required. NYX also makes some good, cheap fake lashes, and I am adoring the idea of glamour lashes with this makeup. If you want, Ben Nye also makes a good clown white. You could even mix it with flesh tone foundation to make it a little softer in color.
For the hair, Forever 21 has some sweet rose clips. The Vibrant Floral Clip is actually quite lovely and amazing; I love the brown one for this look as it almost looks like dried roses.
And now for the piece de resistance…some great YouTube tutorials. Good luck, and enjoy!