Friday, November 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos


Halloween is finally over! Let's just say I'm completely exhausted from dressing up and have fallen behind on my makeup tutorials... BUT I swear I have a good excuse -being I was wayyyy too busy planning for the next dress up to actually have time to think about what I just did.  Another factor being I not only had to consider my outfit but plan for my boyfriend too.  (He considers doing anything pre the "day-of" the party to be cheating.)

Even though Halloween is over and you may not need these makeup tips anymore for at least another 363 days....... I'll go ahead and tell you anyways, BESIDES today is Dia de los Muertos so two of my dress-ups go hand in hand with Day of the Dead i.e. Sugar Skulls.

What is Day of the Dead and Sugar skulls you ask?  Funny you ask I have my nifty little Wikipedia up to help us understand this Holiday today.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

So yes 2 out of the 3 additional dress ups after Bride of Frankenstein were sugar skulls, one was a creation of the RM's amazing brain and the other I created with the inspiration from pinterest! As luck should have RM has created her own blogpost on the sugar skull makeup tutorial so I can reference the master herself! She very conveniently has posted her own tutorial on her blog (YESSS I can get away with not having to explain everything, wow I'm lazy.)  So from the master who created the face above click the link: http://www.atomiccowlick.com/blog/2012/11/

Then last weekend we went out for the pre-Halloween weekend to party it up with our friend Andy.  This one we went as a sugar skull (see below) and C as Baron Semedi, since this kind of went with the look I had.  The hardest part of this look was patience required to spirit gum the rhinestones into my face.  I went to Micheals and got some rhinestone in the scrapbooking section then proceeded to glue them on for the next hour... sheesh.  I was a little grumpy after that ordeal but hey it turned out great so I can't complain! They actually stayed on all night through some dancing, drinks, and a late night burrito scarfing...Thats some good spirit gum!  So tips for this look... The one thing that is the hardest to do with this specific look is probably the rhinestones which I have touched on a little bit and the spider web.  The key to the spider web to making it stand out a little bit more and really make it pop is to add in shading used with grey eyeshadow and then to highlight with white concealor.  Another very important thing is what products you use.  For me I mainly used what I had purchased already:
  • baby powder/ white Makeup forever HD powder to make my base face a little whiter
  • white cover girl concealor for the highlighting on the spider web
  • red lip liner  and lipgloss to color in the red parts around my eyes and the V crown on my forehead - NYX.  This gloss was really great and super strong color.  I also used this in my vampire costume (LATER) for blood when I didn't have any fake blood yet.
  • black gel eyeliner from L'Oreal for to trace all designs and fill in the nose
  • rhinestones from the scrapbooking section of Michaels
  • grey and black matte and white shimmer eyeshadow for contoring and highlighting on the face
  • Fake eyelashes of your choice
  • Glitter for over the top flare
For my partner in crime his ingredients were a little more simple: WHITE AND BLACK Grease paint. DONE! The trick with his makeup was to carefully color in the edges and do NOT mix black and white.  Also we didn't want him to be purely black- that would be dull.  So where you would naturally have shadows or around the bones it is black and as you move farther away the black grease paint was blended outwards to make his skin a dark brownish grey. 

Amazingly this took more time to do than the Frankenstein monster I made him into before.  Probably because I had to be very careful not to mix the black and white.

Also if you do the hands you may want to choose a different medium besides the grease pain.  This shat came off everywhere.  Including a fancy Mr. Christian Grey, and all you women know what he is capable of... Let's not make him mad while he has his whip out. ouch

Last but not least was Halloween Day makeup.  For the first time this year we dressed up at work.  I debated for a while what in the world could I be... I mean Halloween and having to not be dressed slutty, is that even possible!! (Note extreme sarcasm)  Anyways... prior to C's brilliant idea to be Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstien I had purchases some vampire teeth, vampire bite, and some makings of a vampire!  So taking into account the rule that YOU CAN'T WEAR THE SAME OUTFIT TWICE, I decided vampire it is.

Vampire was far less elaborate than the other makeup routines since let's face it I like my sleep and usually before work I roll out of bed and brush my teeth is about the extent of getting ready.  C can vouch for this, the poor guy gets out of bed 20 mins before me and the pups.  So the main thing with the vampire is shading under the eyes and contouring (again with your grey or black eyeshadow).  Once you have the grey and black contoring on your face everywhere you have a shadow then add in some red under the eyes to give that kind of bruised, 1000 years of being awake look.  After you have the contoring all that is left is some
  •  red lipstick/gloss (I lined with black eyeliner)
  • some blood dribbled in the corners,
  • some teeth (don't get the cheap ones here with the putty I used the powder and drops you mix yourself it worked a lot better),
  • and if you are really going ALL out some red contacts from Coastal.com.