I would like to make a disclaimer now and say I am not a visual artist. Nor do I have the patience to sit there and redo my make-up over and over again. If you want the perfect sugar skull make-up you will need practice. The make-up in this tutorial took me over two hours to do.
This is a beginner’s guide with tips and tricks that you should expand upon, to make your Día de Muertos come to life.
• Rubbies Cream Makeup White (For Foundation)
• Cheap Black Eyeliner Pencil
• Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer in Teal
• Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic
• Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Purple
• Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Pink
• L’Oreal Infalible Lip Stick Crimson
• Cosmetic Wedge
Using a Cosmetic Wedge gently pat out the White Cream make-up on your face. Some people like their face to be pure white. I prefer a more natural look so I put on just enough to make me look like a ghost.
Draw circles around your eyes using the cheap eyeliner pencil. You don’t want them to big and you want them even. I’d suggest doing one circle then measuring across, putting a small dot on the other side of your face so it is even. If your circles are uneven you can try to fix them in step three.
Colour the circles in. I used the Milani Black Magic Eye Liner because the pencil is huge. The eyeliner is nearly black but has a teal glow to it. The eyes are a fun place to play around with colour. If you’re good at blending you can really play around with it. Remember, Sugar-skulls are extremely bright.
Draw the flower petals around the eyes. I did mine a little too big don’t copy me. I did it with the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Purple. Afterwards you colour in the flowers and I outlined it using the black eyeliner pencil.
Show me your teeth! Using the black liner draw a slightly curving line from the corner of your mouth to the middle of your cheek on both sides. Then do four lines straight down evenly spaced on both sides.
Option: I outlined my lips with the eyeliner then coloured it in using the Infalible Lipstick. You can continue doing teeth across your lips using the eyeliner.
The spider web… Make a dot in the center of your forehead just above where your nose starts. You can make that dot into a heart or put a sparkly gem there afterwards. Draw a straight line from the dot up. Draw other lines (4-6) from the dot to different parts of your forehead; they should have a small curve to them. Try to make these lines tight together. Afterwards make a subtle curved line from one line to the other, attaching them and creating a spiderweb. To give it a more 3-D look you should smudge it or use a metallic eyeliner pencil to go over it.
Colour your nose black using your eyeliner. You can make a black heart or just outline your nose. I tried turning mine into a Spade but my friend said I gave myself a Hitler Stash.
The chin… You can draw a flower down there, a heart, a swirly design, whatever fits your fancy! Look at other sugar skulls for inspiration. I finished mine off with pink swirls at the side. I can do swirls pretty well.
Please, share your sugar skull make-up creations with me!
Writer: Tyla Smith