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Dia De Los Muertos by The Daily Glamour

This is a guest post from The Daily Glamour.

While most sugar skull looks are full-face makeups, I though I’d try something dramatic, yet played down a bit. And of course I wanted it to be sexy!!! So my inspirations are shown on the left. I took from the top photo’s eyes, the middle photo’s lips and the bottom image’s nose to create my look (links to where I found these are below).

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And here’s how I did it!

Concealer: Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer in NSA (10).
Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup in Shade 3.5 (4), applied with Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush (5).
Contouring for Cheeks: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded (9), applied with Clinique Blush Brush (11).

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Scar across Cheek: First I drew the line, starting at the corner of my mouth and moving up towards my ear, with NYX Pen Eyeliner in Jet Black (6). Under that line, I drew in a thick line of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Perversion (7). As soon as this line was drawn, I used a cotton swab to blend the color out into a softer gradient. The darkest part of the line should be the top (drawn with the NYX liner). Next, using a cotton swab and some BFTE Shadow in Way Up High (1), I added a highlight along the top side of the black line. This will give the illusion that the skin is raised. While this is a subtle effect, it adds great dimension. To add the stitches, use the Perversion liner (7) to dot along the top and bottom of the incision line, then using the tip of a cotton swab, rotate back and forth to blend this down. Then on top of the faded dots, draw a more defined dot with the NYX Pen Eyeliner (6), and connect the top and bottom dots by drawing a thin line with the same liner.
Lips: Line and fill in with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner in Gash (8). Then thinly line the top and bottom lips with Urban Decay Perversion liner (7) and blend IMMEDIATELY with a cotton swab.
Nose: Draw in nose shape with NYX Pen Eyeliner (6), the fill with Perversion liner (7). To make the black darker and more even, I used my Clinique Angle Brush (13) to add a layer of Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow in Perversion (3).
Rosette Eye: Begin by drawing in shape with the NYX liner (6), then filling in with Perversion liner (7). Bring the black towards the center of the eye and blend out with cotton swabs. Starting with lining the eye and filling out towards the black, apply a generous coat of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner in Gash (8). You may have to add more of Perversion or Gash to create the gradient from red to black. Lastly, I added a bit of Perversion Eyeshadow (3) to the black areas, and BFTE Pro Shadow in Some Girls Bite (2) to the red areas, using the contour end of the dual-ended brush I bought years ago at Sally Beauty (12). It’s a cheap-o brush, but I use it ALL THE TIME!
Natural Eye: Start by creating a top wing with NYX Pen Eyeliner (6). Add a line of Perversion Liner (7) and blend out with a cotton swab. Add some Perversion Eyeshadow (3) over the liner and blend into the crease using the contour end of the cheap-o brush again (12). Then, with a clean fluffy brush, in this case my favorite Too Faced brush (14), blend the eyeshadow out towards the highlight area. Line the bottom lashline with the Gash Lipliner (8). For the last step on the natural eye, I created a thicker, more dramatically angled brow by layering the Perversion Shadow (3) over the NYX Pen Eyeliner (6). For both eyes, I added two good coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara (not pictured), and used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Perversion on the waterline (7).

Credit for the Inspirational Photos:
Top Left – Dinaday.com, Middle Left – 500px, Bottom Left – Alt URL

1. BFTE Shadow in Way Up High
2. BFTE Pro Shadow in Some Girls Bite
3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Perversion
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup, Shade 3.5
5. Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush
6. NYX Felt Tip Eyeliner in Jet Black
7. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Perversion
8. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lipiner in Gash
9. Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded
10. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer in NSA
11. Clinique Blush Brush
12. Face Secrets Dual-Ended Shadow Brush
13. Clinique Angle Brush
14. Too Faced Blending Brush

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    • SilkeSquirrel

      Pretty! I like the asymmerty in this leaving one eye natural. The gash is really well done too :)

    • balloonhat

      I know you did not write this post, Phyrra, but I must admit that it’s a bit repugnant to turn someone’s sacred, culturally-based religious holiday (that has its roots in indigenous traditions) into a sexy makeup tutorial.

    • Hipstermama

      What a great tutorial. I know a lot of people were I live want to do a DdLM makeup for our annual celebration & parade, but they don’t want to do the entire white face based look. This is a nice hybrid for those folks. I’ll pass it along to my friends!

    • UneLuneBleue

      This is stunning and a wonderful tribute to the holiday.