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DIY Day of the Dead: Part 1 – The Face

We’ve found ourselves at a bit of a loss these last couple of days… Everything has gone to print (aaarrrgggg!), designs for the next collection of sewing patterns have been finalised, and so our crazy whirlwind of work has come to a brief lull. Fortunately, Halloween is just around the corner, providing a welcome distraction and keeping our fingers busy whilst waiting out the calm before the storm.

During these grey days of autumnal London, we have been dreaming of the tropics, our minds wandering to the ever inspiring imagery of Latin America, specifically Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. So with margarita in hand we bring you our three part Halloween DIY series, kicking off with the face paint synonymous with the Day of the Dead…

You will need…

  • Red, black and white face paint (we also used blue and gold for added detail)
  • Make up brushes (we found a lipliner and a foundation brush the most useful)
  • Water (for rinsing the brushes)

Step 1

Using the thicker brush, apply an even white base.

Step 2

Paint the eye sockets and the tip of the nose black (at this point you may be looking a bit panda-esque, but not to worry, more is yet to come).

Step 3

Create skull like shading around the outline and cheekbones, blending with your fingers.

Step 4

Using the thin brush, paint the centre of the lips and extend the lip line towards the cheekbones, adding lines for teeth.

Step 5

Switch to your red, and paint petals around the blackened eye sockets.

Step 6

Now fill the rest of the face using various patterns – we went for a mixture of swirls, dots and floral outlines.


Espooki….come back tomorrow where we will be completing the look with floral and lace veil.

5 comments on “DIY Day of the Dead: Part 1 – The Face

  1. Joanne
    October 25, 2012

    Zoiks scooby! Well that woke me up out of my post lunch stupor and no mistake – looks ace though!

  2. Marie
    October 25, 2012

    I love how this is…dare I say it…pretty and scary at the same time! Great work!

  3. yesilikethat
    October 25, 2012

    This looks amazing! The petals around the eyes look so great with the black and white skull. I love Mexican sugar skulls and Day of the Dead stuff, did you see the Tatty Devine collection from this summer?

    • byhandlondon
      October 26, 2012

      Yes I love it!! I’m almost tempted to do the sugar skull pendant workshop… So looking forward to the Peter Jensen sample sale! x

  4. 7cakes
    October 28, 2012

    LOVE this idea for a halloween costume!!!!!!! It’s good and “scary” but has some super fun components =D

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