Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial

It's Halloween and that means it's time for my favorite makeup tutorial of all – Day of the Dead.


 Day of the Dead is celebrated from October 31 through November 2, honoring the deceased at alters adorned with sugar skulls. My take on the holiday pays homage to decorated sugar skulls using vibrant purple and green.

I used a Snazaroo face painting kit for this Halloween look.


Their face paint is a water-based powder. Just get the product wet with the applicator brush or sponge to apply. That also means it's easy to remove. A plus when using dark colors.


Here's the step-by-step tutorial in pictures using green, purple, black, and white. In addition to the brush that comes in the kit, I used my own angled brow brush and precise eyeliner brush.



  1. Outline and fill in eye socket in green.
  2. Create flower petals around the green in purple.
  3. Use black to line between the green and purple using angled brow brush.
  4. Outline each petal in black with eyeliner brush.
  5. Dot inside each petal with white. 
  6. Create small teardrops with green.
  7. Dot inside each teardrop with white. 
  8. Line upper and lower eyelids with black eyeliner. (Don't use face paint close to your eyes, it's an irritant.)


  1. With eyeliner brush and black, draw a web across your forehead.
  2. Draw a large teardrop in the center between the eyes.
  3. Accent with white. 


  1. Fill in where the nose socket would be with black, leaving the center of the nose blank.
  2. Draw an upside-down T under the nose. This creates a "spade."


  1. Fill in lips with purple.
  2. Draw a line with black and the eyeliner brush from the corner of your mouth out, ending in swirls.
  3. Create teeth with lines, perpendicular to the mouth line, from one end to the other.


  1. Embellish with black, purple, and white using teardrops, swirls, and dots.

There's the complete makeup look. The beauty of the sugar skull is that you can embellish however you'd like. Flowers, flourishes, the sky's the limit. Would you wear this makeup look for Halloween?

How to Apply Pin Up Makeup

I adore pin up makeup. It's classic and classy, which makes it a great look for more than Halloween. Here's the how-to… 


This is a simple look that makes an big impact. So grab your black eyeliner and red lipstick and let's get started!


1. Start by applying foundation and concealer as you normally would.

2. Brush a nude shadow over eyelids. I used MAC Omega.

3. Fill in eyebrows with eyeshadow two shades darker than your hair color.  Mine is MAC Cork.

4. Eyebrows are key to this look. over-exaggerate the arch and the length.

5. Apply mascara. Don't overdo it. If adding false eyelashes, use half lashes. 

6.  Using either liquid or gel, apply eyeliner. I used a fine brush and MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

7. Extend the liner past the edge of your eyelid for a winged look.

8. Use a fluffy brush to apply a pink-hued powder blush to cheeks to create a natural flush.

9. Line outside natural lip line using a red lip liner. Use the same liner to fill in lips entirely. Apply red lipstick using a lip brush. I recommend MAC Cherry lip pencil and MAC Red lipstick. 

Set the whole look with a light dusting of powder and you've got a look any soldier would pin up in their locker.

To complete the look, see my pin up hair tutorial  HERE .

To complete the look, see my pin up hair tutorial HERE.