Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Halloween Makeup

My daughter received an invitation to a Halloween Party for the other night.
"But it's not Halloween yet," I puzzled.
"It's a few weeks early, I know, but won't it be fun?!" came the reply.

So, this week's Pin.

This Week's Pin:  Dia De Los Muertos Makeup
(Day of the Dead Makeup)
Who's This For:  My Un-dead Daughter
Price:  Under $10

In Australia, the majority of the population do not participate in Halloween, but my kids have always enjoyed it.  So, when the invitation came for a Halloween-themed party, we were all very excited at the thought of gruesome faces and tattered costumes.  My daughter decided to go as a 'Dead Fairy'.  I suggested we get inspiration from the Day of the Dead Pins.  The makeup has such ugly-pretty features that Tyra Banks would love.

I found this Pin, showing the 'map' of the details for the traditional Day of the Dead design. Dia de Los Muertos (day of the dead) is Nov 2 and is celebrated as All-Souls day by Catholics and originates in Latin America.

Fantastic! I can see the specific layout of the features I need to do.  But, my daughter doesn't want the bit at the top, the nose, the wiggles at the bottom, the swirls on the cheeks or the loveheart on the forehead.  Oh, so, um, it's not really Day of the Dead design is it?

Perhaps I can coax her for a little extra detail once we get started.

I bought white eyeshadow, silver eyeshadow and a cheap black kohl pencil from Priceline for under $10. I also had some black eyeshadow at home. 

I started with white eyeshadow all over her face.

Then I drew circles around her eyes and filled it in with black eyeshadow.  The black features of the Day of the Dead makeup is to replicate the hollows of a skull.  So you should have the point of the nose blackened, the eye sockets and the teeth accentuated in the jaw.

 She then asked for her eyes to 'dribble'.

 The lips were coloured with purple lipstick (you could do black) and outlined with black kohl pencil.

 I added the lines on the mouth to represent the skull teeth.

Her hair is long, so I tied it up in a bow.  Like to know how?  Take a look at the video here.

It turned out really well.  She wanted a very simplistic design and I couldn't convince her to add more detail, but I was liking it nonetheless.

The costume I made and she really loved it.  Everything was shredded and torn just the way my daughter imagined.  As for the fairy wings, I cut them out of cotton drill, sewed them together and then smothered them in mod podge (we all need a jar of that).  It gave the wings a leathery look with enough stiffness to stand up, but with a sag that a dead fairy would need.  

As Halloween is a few weeks away, we can replicate this and enjoy it again.  This time, I'm adding swirls and a big coloured flower just the way Dia de Los Muertos should be!


'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out 
 Contagion to this world.'            ~William Shakespeare

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