Happy Halloween! Enjoy some Sugar Skulls!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, the one where everyone chows down on half-priced candy (or maybe that’s just me)… Halloween! I haven’t really celebrated the holiday for the last few years and mostly just enjoyed said-cheap-candy while watching various halloween specials on TV (Simpsons, Family Guy, The Office, etc). While this is a perfectly fine way to spend the night, I actually got the chance to dress up a bit this year. I didn’t go all out, but focused a bit more on the makeup. I really enjoy doing makeup; My face is just another canvas for me to play on.

Kitty Costume

(photo taken by Tim Lingley)

I saw those ears at the mall and couldn’t resist. I’ve always wanted to try do the leopard-print over the eye and actually found it quite easy to do! Thanks to Tim for the awesome photo. The reason I got dressed up was to help him take some halloween photos of his own on campus. Take a look at his flickr account for the results!

In celebration of the holiday that brings out so many colors I’d like to look at Sugar Skulls. Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) has been getting more popular over the last few years and has sparked some trends in tattooing, in particular a rise in popularity of sugar skulls. Maybe it’s the contrasting subject matter that draws me to these designs, jewellery and flowers mixed with the macabre and shadows of the skull. The little details in these certainly draw my attention, the way color is applied around the empty eyes, the flowers hidden throughout, the spider webs on the forehead and all the bright colors used to bring these designs to “life”. These are great on their own or as part of a larger piece.

(by Nate Beavers)

(by Nate Beavers)

Skull with Flowers by Benjamin Fluxxx

Skull with Flowers by Benjamin Fluxxx

Sugar skulls and their style are even creeping into other areas of tattooing, like portraits and even Hello Kitty:

Day of the Dead tattoo

(by Carl Grace)

Dia De Los Hello Kitty Muertos by Jeffrey Page

Dia De Los Hello Kitty Muertos by Jeffrey Page

In Mexico it seems to be common to paint your face like a skull in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, but more and more I’m seeing people put more effort into their sugar skull makeup. I was thinking of trying it this year but left it too long and couldn’t find any good white face makeup. Maybe next year.

Day of the Dead

(photo by Natasha Epperson)

Day of the Dead Makeup

(found on Tumblr)

Day of the Dead Makeup

(makeup done by Brianna_Perezcassar)

Happy Halloween everyone!

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