Face painting for all ages

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veronica gaeta

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on the first and second days of November.

The holiday represents rebirth for deceased loved ones and is a celebration held to acknowledge the continuation of life as the loved one’s spirit still lives in the afterlife.

As part of this tradition, altars are created and adorned with things such as pictures, flowers and candles. The items placed on the altars are known as ofrendas or offerings. These altars are colorful and portray times of happiness. The more recent the death, the more elaborate the altar will be.

The most familiar symbol of this holiday is the calavera or better known as the sugar skull.

Calaveras can be found on just about everything, from clothing to masks, art and candied sweets, these images are reminders to appreciate life and most importantly not to fear death.

A fun way to join in the celebration is to partake in sugar skull face painting. This is a fun activity that can be done on both children or adults and doesn’t require a lot of technique or money.

Keep in mind that this can be done in any colors. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and be creative in your design.

Things you will need:
Face Paint: red and white
Black eyeliner pencil
Makeup applicator sponge
Eye shadow brush

1. Begin by applying a white base all over the face with the applicator sponge.

2. Begin drawing designs such as flowers and hearts in colors of your choice. (In this case red and white were combined to create pink)

3. Outline all designs with the black eyeliner pencil and the look is complete.