Every year my kids bombard me with the question, “Mom, what are you going to be for Halloween?” Let’s be real, by the time they are asking me about MY Halloween costume, they have already changed their minds about their own costumes approximately three times each. Hahaha, they keep me on my toes! Which is why, when it comes to myself, I tend to pull something together last minute. I am usually too busy all October figuring out how to pull off my kids’ costumes, that I leave no time for my own. Honestly, I don’t think I would have it any other way…I think I kinda get a rush from looking through my closet and house, trying to figure out something that can be pulled together. It’s the ultimate repurposing gig, right? I love me a challenge! I have been a farmer (thank you overalls), a cheerleader, a bunny (hello faux fur coat!), and a gypsy…all thanks to the support of my closet, and a couple of supporting pieces from the 99C Store!
This year is NO different. I just happened to have a great black dress that has a simple white thread embroidery that made my brain go straight to Dias de los Meurtos. I stinkin’ LOVE face painting, so I knew this was going to be fun!
Start by getting your hair off your face. The oil based paint would be a total pain to get out of your hair. Then, begin creating your white face. Once you have a solid base of white makeup, it is time to add the base colors. I chose to use black on my eyelids and them, and then used purple to blend them out to create my skull face. I simply used a soft art brush to do the blending.
Then, I used a sponge to add some red paint very faintly to my chin, forehead and cheekbones. Now some dimension was starting to take place. The shading may look super basic, but once the details go in, it will make all the difference.
On to the the fun part: the details. If you are a doodler like me, this is totally going to be your cup of tea! Have fun and get creative! The idea is lots of color and patterns. Nothing crazy difficult, just fun.
Using the yellow paint, I chose to creat scallops around my vacuous eyes and then lined everything in black. (You can use a brush and black paint here, or you can use a black eyeliner pencil if that is more comfortable). Then it was a matter of creating a focal point on my forehead. A crazy simple daisy flower and a few squiggles did just fine!
Last but not least, it was time to paint on a mouth and a nose to complete my Dias de los Muertos skull face paint.
Feeling oddly ghoulish AND pretty, I grabbed the fake roses that I picked up from the 99C Store and hot glued them to my headband.
My work was complete. Time to put on that black dress that inspired it all!
Happy costume planning, everyone! This is going to be a fun one this year. I love that my costume cost me a total of $4 and a little creativity. I am feelin’ dressed up enough to hit the Halloween Harvest Costume Ball at Tooth and Nail this year!!
Oh, and surprise, surprise: my Evangeline has changed her mind AGAIN about her costume. Now she wants to dress up like mama. Hahaha Dias de los Muertos face painting session coming right up!!