Day of the dead makeup is not as easy as it seems, and for those of us who are not makeup experts, it can be daunting. After many years of trial and error, I’d like to share how I finally succeeded at creating day of the dead makeup.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures along the way, but I think my process will be very straight forward and easy to follow.

Pro-tip: Don’t buy halloween makeup. The makeup the sell at halloween stores never gave me the look I wanted. The black was matte, and usually the paint dried gray. It was also very difficult to get details done correctly with their thick crayons and bad brushes.

Here is what you’ll need to create your day of the dead makeup.

When it comes to creating bold looks, I don’t think there is a better makeup brand than M.A.C.cosmetics. The links above click to the products I used for the tutorial, but if you already own makeup from a different brand or love another product, then go for it. There is no need to stick to my suggestions.

You can also use a different eye pigment color than I did. I’ve seen a similar look with gold pigment and I thought it looked beautiful. Just be sure you’ll feel comfortable blending it around your eyes.

The last thing you’ll notice is that I didn’t use a white base. This is a personal preference. I don’t see a need for it and I think the makeup looks better without it. If you skip the white base, it will be a little easier to remove it.

Let’s get started!

Step #1: Outline the main sections of your face

  • Draw a circle around your eyes with your eye pencil. Begin at your eye brow and follow your eye socket all the way around. Do this on both sides. Your eye sockets will be symmetrical, so both eyes will match pretty closely
  • Take your eye pencil and draw the flower petals around both eyes
  • Outline your nose. Create to parallel lines on either side of your cartilage and then bring the pencil around your nostrils

Step #2: Fill your design & create your skeleton mouth

  • Use the gel liner to fill in your flower petals
  • Use the gel liner to fill your nose
  • Use the eye pencil and follow your lip line down toward your chin and then swoop back up
  • Starting with the points on your top lip draw two vertical lines and work your way across the line you drew earlier

Step #3: Fill in the details

  • Use your eye pigment to work your way from the inside of your eye out. Make sure your eye makeup is thickest closest to your eye and then slowly fades as it gets closer to the outline of your flower
  • Use the black eye pigment and start from the outline of your flower toward and fade toward the color pigment

Do you know someone that loves halloween? Gift them the products in this tutorial or help them do their day of the dead makeup.

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