Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup How To

Give yourself a sugar-skull transformation

Bring your Day of the Dead costume to life with shriek-tastic sugar-skull makeup! A face of pale white is the perfect starting base for a spirited shift into the afterlife with chic skeleton lines, rosy red lips and vibrant eye makeup in bright marigold hues. (Follow package instructions for safe makeup use around eyes and mouth.)



  • Grease makeup in white and yellow
  • Makeup crayons in pink and black
  • Teal eyeshadow
  • Setting powder
  • Makeup sponges or brushes
  • False eyelashes

1) Draw two white circles

Use white grease paint, on a sponge or brush, to draw two large circles around your eyes. You're about to become muy bone-ita!

2) Apply white makeup

Use a sponge or brush to apply white makeup. We've found "grease" makeup works best for this look!

3) Fill in the eyes

Using a fresh sponge or brush, color the eye area with marigold yellow. Leave the skin on your eyelids and a small area below your eyes bare for the next step.

4) Add eye detail

Time to get drop-dead gorgeous! Use pink crayon, or makeup on a brush, to draw lines from your mouth to your ears. Use black crayon to layer black on the pink lines. Frame your eyes with pink spots. Apply pink to eyelids.

5) Add black details

Using black eyeliner or black crayon, it's time to get creative! Create flower shapes around your eyes and add lines around your mouth to mimic a skeleton. Just one more step!

6) Finish the look!

Add eyelashes and teal makeup on the space under your lower lash line and set the face with colorless setting powder (it will help the grease makeup stay all night long!). You're ready for your wig. Put on all of your accessories and touch up any makeup once that's done. What lovely bones!

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