Dia De Los Muertos Makeup Tutorial

When I was planning out this years Halloween looks, Christina from Hair Romance asked if I could do a Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) makeup tutorial that was simple enough for a makeup beginner to achieve.

This look took me around 30 minutes including taking photos for this blog post, so it could conceivably be achieved in 15-20 minutes with a bit of confidence and a steady hand.

I also kept the products pretty simple, using only a blush and a basic face paint palette (I use Wolfe – they are both highly pigmented and long wearing.) I also kept the brushes simple, using a wedge sponge, a fine liner brush, a square lip brush and a blush brush. Simple!

  1. Begin with clean, moisturised but not sticky skin.
  2. Use a damp wedge sponge to apply white face paint all over your face. Cover your lips, but leave some space around your eyes. I feathered the face paint out to nothingness around my ears and under my jawline, but you could also cover your ears and extend it down your neck.
  3. Use a fine liner brush and black face paint to mark out your eye holes. Begin much smaller than you would like the black area to end up and work out. You could also use a pale eyeliner pencil to mark out the guidelines. Use the square lip brush to fill in your eye area with black face paint. I applied the face paint over my lashes and into my waterline, but you might be better off using mascara and a pencil eyeliner in the interest of eye safety.
  4. Use the fine liner brush and black face paint to fill in the shape of the nose cavity.
  5. At this point, the face will be looking a little flat. Use a neutral blush to add a little definition under your cheekbones. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also blend a little colour along your hairline and jawline.
  6. Use the fine liner brush to draw a line from your ear, under the curves of your cheekbone, to meet the corner of your mouth. Repeat on the other side of your face, then carefully trace a thin line along the inside edge of your lips. Starting from the middle of your lips, and working out to maintain symmetry, draw short lines to represent skull teeth.
  7. Use the fine liner brush (rinsed clean of all black residue) to draw some relatively symmetrical swirls in red face paint on your forehead and chin.
  8. Rinse the brush, then repeat step 7 with green face paint.
  9. Rinse the brush, then repeat step 7 with yellow face paint. Add some dots with the tip of the brush, around both eye sockets.
  10. Style your hair and add a flower crown, and you’re done!

Would you wear this look for Halloween? What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?