15 To-Die-For Sugar Skull Makeup Looks That Win Halloween
by Alisha Humiston
Mexico’s annual festival “Dia de los muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a multi-day holiday to celebrate those that have come before. But while rooted in tradition, sugar skull makeup is hitting an all-time popularity high, making it the perfect look for Halloween.
We are loving this intricate masterpiece Insta-user @marcieliizabeth created. This look is a more interesting way to achieve this makeup craze without the caked on feeling. Recreate it to be the talk of the party!
Paled to Perfection
Get this showstopping sugar skull makeup look @haleyivers created using the contrasting black and white to highlight your existing (or not so existent) bone structure. Be sure to plan clothing accordingly.
Floral and Feminine
If you’re looking for a softer sugar skull look this is the one for you! Vanessa of Color Me Face Painting shows off her girly, two-faced look by incorporating floral elements and a blush tone. The combination of colors solidifies the sugar skull look in a less dramatic way.
Back to Basics
Instagramer @ashesofmusic shows us how to deconstruct the sugar skull makeup look with a more natural base color. This look is great if you’re looking for a more toned down way to pull off this look for Halloween.
Girly and Glamorous
YouTuber Hannah Tyler makes sugar skulls a cinch with this makeup tutorial! Look no further for a drop-dead gorgeous Halloween look that is sure to turn heads.
Show Your True Colors
Playful and Fun
Try this makeup look for an ultra feminine spin on all things sugar skulls. Here, @danikamaree_ used a blush base tone and incorporated shades of pink and purple to show off her playful personality.
Going for a more glamorous way to achieve the sugar skull makeup? Flickr user Laura Evans pulls this look off perfectly by using neutral colors to make the jewel headband the focus.
Bad to the Bone
Instagramer @haleyivers shows us how to get an edgy, two-faced look. The contrast between the everyday makeup and the stark black-and-white skull is the dramatic flair you need to rule any costume party!
The Color Purple
Channel your in diva by recreating this commanding look. YouTuber Marissa Wise gives you a step-by-step tutorial to conquer any costume party.
Pretty in Pink
Fair complected? Let your true colors show! Tumblr user @rebekahbanks shows you how to pull off sugar skull makeup without overpowering your skin tone.
Stitch It Up
Instagramer @itss_yvee4ya puts a stitched spin on the half-painted look. To best recreate this look, mimic the “everyday” makeup on both sides of the face while keeping the painted designs to the desired half. The color difference between the halves really completes the look, emphasizing the designed side.
Less is More
Geisha meets Day of the Dead in this simple sugar skull look. Learn how to recreate this in a step-by-step tutorial by YouTuber Jamie Genevieve.
Walking on Sunshine
Brighten up the night with this cheery (if that still applies?) sugar skull makeup look created by instagramer @gorgeous_fx. Try this bold look if you are ready to step into the “life of the party” role.
YouTuber Stela Sequin gives you a step-by-step tutorial to achieve this sultry sugar skull. Pair this makeup look with a classic black or red dress to highlight the makeup portion of the ensemble.