Day of the Dead Makeup Ideas

The Day of the Dead or Dia De Los Muertos is a holiday honoring the deceased celebrated in Mexico and around the world on November 1 and 2. As the holiday becomes more popular in America, more people are becoming interested in Day of the Dead makeup. You can easily experiment with Day of the Dead makeup ideas using one of our makeup kits or makeup you may have at home. Below we will give you tips on how do Day of the Dead Makeup.

DIY Day of the Dead Makeup

Day of the Dead Makeup

To create your own Day of the Dead look, you will need:

  • white face paint
  • makeup sponge
  • black eyeliner
  • at least 2 shades of eye-shadow in colors of your choice
  • fake gems and eyelashes (with skin friendly glue to attach)
  • matching flowers (for women) or a top hat (for men)

Before you begin, remember that this look takes time. If you hurry, you may mess up and have to start over. Allow plenty of time to plan and execute for your design. You may want to sketch your ideas first before you start.

First using the makeup sponge, cover your entire face with white makeup. You may want to set it with white powder. Next you can use use a lighter shade of eye shadow to make large circles around the eyes. Use a darker shade closer to the eyes. Or you can just make large black circles around your eyes. Take the eyeliner and darken the entire nose up to the bridge.

Use eyeliner to darken your nose

Then use the eyeliner to draw lines along lips and cheeks for teeth. You can create other colorful flower designs on the cheeks and chin using the eyeliner and the eye shadow. You may want to use the eyeliner to draw a spider web or other design on your forehead too.

You can draw a spiderweb or other design on your forehead

Next glue on fake eyelashes and fake jewels around the eyes. If you are a guy, don’t be afraid to wear jewels and flowers. Also considering drawing on a thin wavy mustache with black eyeliner.

Day of the Dead couple with flowers

Women can complete the look with flowers in their hair or a flower headdress. Men can wear a black or gray top hat.

Check more DIY Day of the Dead makeup ideas from the couple below. Your Day of the Dead makeup can be as simple or as complex as you like.

Significance of Day of the Dead

The Day of the Day is a celebration to reconnect with deceased loved ones. Family and friends create colorful shrines for the dead in their homes and also decorate their graves. They bring marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, candy, and favorite foods and drinks of the deceased to the graveyards. It is believed that these gifts will entice the dead to visit.

Graveyard decorated for the Day of the Dead

Traditional Day of the Dead makeup is based on the white sugar skulls used to decorate graves. It is believed that painting your face is a way to remember the dead, but also to celebrate life.

Sugar Skulls

Day of Dead Masks

If you aren’t very artistic or don’t have time to do elaborate makeup, considering wearing a Day of the Dead Mask instead. We have masks for both men and women. This a great option for those who have sensitive skin or may be allergic to some makeups. These masks fit so well, it will be hard to tell that your face isn’t painted.

Woman's Day of the Dead Mask

Now that you have few ideas to create your own Day of Dead makeup, you can choose a Day of Dead costume. You can wear your Day of the Dead look to a Halloween party or to a Dia De Los Muertos celebration the next day. Better yet, you could wear it both days!