Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with the macabre. Skeletons, taxidermy, Edward Gorey, and of course, Tim Burton have fascinated and inspired me. I guess that’s why my favorite holiday has always been Halloween! So for this year’s Halloween, I did a slightly different take on a Día de los Muertos costume…
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, where gatherings are held to remember family & friends who have died. It’s a beautiful tradition that includes building altars for loved ones. Shrines are often decorated with sugar skulls, which are meant to represent the departed souls. And while sugar skull makeup is more of a rare occurrence in Mexico, it’s become quite popular in American pop culture. As a Mexican-American gal myself, I guess you could say my costume is a blend of both my cultures!
I love sugar skull makeup but for my costume, I opted to go with a more traditional skeleton look. I found a fantastic tutorial on YouTube by Promise Phan that was the perfect guide. Promise makes the application process simple, so even if you’re a makeup novice (like me) you’ll be able to do it. All you need is white and black makeup, and some black eyeshadow for shading!
I found my top and skirt at a local shop that specializes in traditional Mexican clothing. I was thrilled to snag this beautiful orange skirt, that is actually a child’s baile folklórico skirt!
For my hair, I paid homage to my hero Frida Kahlo, and created a flower crown around my head. I used craft flowers (from a party store) and then bobby-pinned them into my braids.
To complete my skeletal look, I hand-painted my tights with leg bones. Here’s the DIY I used on how to make your own skeleton tights!
I had a lot of fun creating this look and I especially enjoyed not smiling in pictures! Ha! The best part? Having Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones as my Halloween date. 😉
Hope you had a spooktacular Halloween! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧