I did my own sugar skull makeup, Dia de Los Muertos style for a Halloween party that I attended this weekend. Check it out!

I've got to say, I am pretty proud of myself for being able to pull this off as well as I did. I have watched countless YouTube videos about applying sugar skull makeup, and looked at so many pictures online for inspiration. I was a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to actually pull off all of the details, but I took my time - nearly 2 hours - and it turned out great!

Photo: Kat Mykals/KISS-FM

I would have liked to have gotten some photos as I progresses through the process, but unfortunately, I had makeup all over my hands nearly the whole time I was doing this look!

Here's what I used:

  • White Cream Makeup - $2 (I actually mixed it with my own foundation to tone it a little. In the photo it still looks nearly completely white.)
  • Fat Eye Pencil in Black - Dollar General $1.50 (Used around my eyes)
  • Purple Loose Powder Eye Shadow - Dollar General $1.50 (I didn't want solid black around my eyes)
  • Pink Cream Eyeshadow - I made this myself using a pink shadow that I already had, crushed & mixed with some inexpensive face primer. This made it a very concentrated pigmentation that was easily paintable. (See How I Did It)
  • Yellow/Gold Cream Eyeshadow - Same as above. I DIY'd it. Applied it using a fine liner-style detail paintbrush around & between the pink petals.
  • Black Liquid Eyeliner - $2.00 at Dollar General. I used this for the spiderweb, nose, mouth & cheeks. I only did the underside & very tip of my nose, as I didn't want it be too large & overbearing.
  • Silk Flowers - $3 total at Dollar Tree & Dollar General. I hot-glued them to some small claw-clips & placed them around the victory rolls that I put in my hair.
  • Gemstones - I had these laying around from another project. I applied them with a small dab of eyelash adhesive.
  • Hairspray - After all of my makeup was applied to my satisfaction, I closed my eyes, held by breath & sprayed a couple of light mists of aerosol hairspray to sort of 'set' my makeup.

I actually had some fake lashes, but decided against using them. I was afraid that I would mess up the rest of my makeup trying to get them on. I am really pleased with the way that my makeup turned out. If I had it to do over again, I would like to have added some more flourishes with the liquid eyeliner, and I would have liked a little more color/definition in the rose on my chin. All & all I am super happy with how it turned out.

Sugar Skull, Britney Spears, Peacock
Photo: Mary Rokicki

I wore a corset style top that I had picked up second-hand last year for my costume, but didn't end up wearing. I hot-glued some flowers & gemstones to it too. I added a frilly black skirt that I already had and some cool black tights to finish it off.