Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorials
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is not the same as Halloween, but it is a huge cultural event that is officially celebrated in Mexico on November 2.
Day of the Dead actually occurs on November 1, the day after Halloween, when it is believed that baby's spirits return home to their parents. In conjunction with this, it is believed that on November 2, the spirits of dead adults return home.
Dia de los Muertos is considered a family-oriented and spiritual holiday to commemorate the memories of dead relatives - sort of like the pagan counterparts to the Catholic observations of All Soul's Day on November 1 and All Saint's Day on November 2.
Day of the Dead is meant to be a celebration of the essence of the lives of those relatives who have passed and not a memory of the death itself. It's really a time for family bonding across the generations.
Mexican sugar skulls were originally created when a special sugar mixture was pressed into molds to form skulls (calaveras). The skulls were then whimsically decorated with feathers and beads and painted with vibrant colors. Once finished, they were offerings used in churches and placed on gravestones.
Learn to create your own unique and real-life sugar skull with the collection of video tutorials below.