I wanted to share this Dia de los Muertos makeup look that we did on my cute little girl last year because…. September starts this week!!! (Also, it’s my blog, I can do what I want. Ha!) I can’t believe that August is already coming to a close and fall is right around the corner, but I also can NOT wait! I love the fall. I love the fall. I LOVE THE FALL. It’s hard to say I have a favorite fall activity because I love so many of them, but Dia de los Muertos celebrations are definitely on that list! My husband’s mother’s family is from Mexico and I think one of the most beautiful things about my girls is that the culture is part of who they are. Last year Sydney really got excited about faceprint and makeup for Halloween, so we decided that we were going to try out a simple paint job and see how it went, and I swear I was all tear-y eyed looking at her haha. You know your kids look cute if you’re brought to tears looking at them, right?? No? Is that just me? It’s ok, I fully admit that I’m THAT mom. 🙂
I started with the white base first, and I actually left the space around her eyes where the black circles went blank so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the white and end up with a muddied grey. I used grease paint because it’s much easier to wash off than other types of face paint, which is nice for kids because then you don’t have a battle later while they think you’re murdering them with a sponge and soap trying to get the paint off. The only problem with grease paint is that it DOES smear, so with Sydney after about 30 minutes it was smudged (she kept touching, playing, needing to scratch….you know, typical kid behavior…) It was perfect for taking photos but I think I would have wanted to use something a little less smear-y and more long lasting if we were taking her out to a party or something where it would have needed to last longer. Or maybe I wouldn’t have because kids are kids and they just get their perfect look dirty/messy instantly and I accept that. Sometimes. 😉
After the white base, I used the black around the eyes, which looked really cool because her eyes are so dark they are almost black, then I went in with a little small/fine size brush and used it to do the designs. I kept them really simple because Sydney was still only three at the time and losing patience, but I think it turned out really cute! Of course it’s not precision perfect, especially when compared to the face paint job Sydney gave me after she smudged her whole forehead. 😉
Happy end of summer, everyone!