Monday, 14 October 2013

Mexican Day Of The Dead - Día de Muertos


So today I'm showing you something completely different here on Cooking Up Beauty!

I attended a very special night last Saturday at the Village on Wexford street, a Mexican celebration 'Día de Muertos' which means 'Day of the Dead'.

'Día de Muertos' is normally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and throughout the world. Family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed on by visiting cemeteries and building private alters. The also leave possessions of the deceased such as an item of jewelry or their favourite food or beverage.

To mark the occasion, people attending will paint their face to represent a sugar skull or 'calavera de azúcar'. The designs are normally quite intricate, colourful and very creative. 

I had never attended anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to do for my own sugar skull creation. I ended up painting half of my face and leaving the other half how I would normally do my make up. This was more to do with time than anything else, I would have done the whole lot otherwise :)

So here is the end result!

I have to say it looks quite strange from this angle!

To create the look I used mainly Inglot products. The white base was from a costume shop on Stephens Green, it didn't have a name! I applied the white base all over the left side of my face. Then I contoured using a grey eyeshadow from one of the rainbow pans by Inglot in the number '120R' . Next I used Inglots AMC Gel Liner in '77' to create the black eye, nose hollow and skeleton teeth. To finish I used a red gel liner also by Inglot in the number '79' to decorate around the eye and to draw designs on my temple. These liners are waterproof so they did not budge the entire night! Looking back now I would have loved to incorporate a lot more colour to the look. Ah well, next year! :)

Have any of you celebrated this tradition before? If so I'd love to see your creations!