Easy Dias de los Muertos Halloween Costume

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!

Halloween face paint, a skull, some art brushes, fake roses, and some chandelier earrings

Supplies:
face paint, oil based is best so you don’t crack (99C Store)
art paint brushes (already had)
headband (99C Store)
three artificial roses (99C Store)
hot glue gun
chandelier earrings (already had)
black dress with latin flare (already had)

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.

Pulling my hair back getting ready for face painting
Using a flat art brush to paint my face white
Using oil base face paint to paint my face white without cracking
Painting my eyelids and under-eye black and then blending purple outward to create the skull face
Using red paint to highlight my dias de los metros face paint at the forehead, chin and cheekbones

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.

The base of my dias de los Muertos face paint

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!

Using yellow paint to create yellow scallops around my skull eyesUsing green paint to create scroll shapes on my forehead for my dias de los muertos face paintUsing black paint to outline all my designs and create a skull mouth for my dias de los muertos face paint for Halloween
Using black paint to outline the yellow scallops and my skull eyesPainting a red daisy on my forehead for my dias de los muertos costumeUsing black paint to create a skull nose for my dias de los muertos face paint for Halloween

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.

Pulling the fake roses off of their stems in order to create a headband for my dias de los muertos costume
Using hot glue to secure the fake roses to my headband for my dias de los muertos Halloween costume
Using hot glue to secure the fake roses to my headband for my dias de los muertos Halloween costume

My work was complete. Time to put on that black dress that inspired it all!

Dressed as a Dias de los Muertos figure for Halloween, holding a pumpkin and a fake skull
Close up of my Dias de los Muertos Halloween costume and face paint
Close up of my Dias de los Muertos Halloween costume and face paint
Close up of my Dias de los Muertos Halloween costume and face paintClose up of my Dias de los Muertos Halloween costume and face paint

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!!
xoxo
Chanda

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