I have always loved the make up of Day of the Dead and decided that this year I would finally do the costume. I had Deisy Rodriguez transform me. I wanted to document the process so if your interested in doing the make up yourself you can or realize as I did that I would need a pro to do it for me so Deisy is my girl.
All make up is waterproof which is a good thing living in Miami and the heat factor (sweating situations).
Apply white make up with a sponge preferably. A brush can leave streaks while the sponge applies make up evenly. White make up should go all around the face, neck and ears. Make sure to apply to eyebrows as well.
Deisy uses a fan to dry the make up so that it prevents any of the colors from mixing during the process. If you don’t have a fan you can use a blow dryer with cool air.
For the eyes use a waterproof eye liner gel so that it does not fade out easily. On each eye draw a circle. Once circle is drawn then you fill in with the black eye liner gel. The next step is to get a red eye shadow so that you can blend into the black eye lids to make it a maroon color. Make sure the outline of the circle does not show. This effect makes the eye look more sunken in and that creepy dead look.
The trick is to constantly blend the colors to create the effect you want.
Now that one eye is complete and has more of the dead look we move onto the other eye which we design a flower on. The eye with the design will have the same look as the other eye only with a design to outline the eye. With an eyeliner pencil draw a flower. Once the flower outline is drawn you fill in (you can choose any color of eye liner pencil to give the flower color). Again make sure to continue to blend colors.
When designing on the nose you can make the shape of an upside down heart. The top part of the heart will be on the bottom of your nose.
When designing the mouth you can do with a black eyeliner pencil as you would like and then highlight the outline of the pencil with brown eye shadow to make it look more intense and with the dead look.
Any other decorative design around the face you can free hand and do with eyeliner pencils.
I would not attempt to do this myself as I realized it is a process and would probably mess up a few times. I love this costume and am happy with the result. I will be calling Deisy to do my Halloween make up for sure.
Deisy is available for hair & makeup for Halloween and any other occasions.
Her contact is 786-203-5723 and website: focusonbrides.com
Photo Credit: Annie Vazquez “The Fashion Poet” Thanks
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