Creating a 'Day of the Dead' Skull Face

Dia de Los Muertos, also known as The Day of the Dead, is one of Mexico's most popular holidays. Although at first glance this celebration's premise may seem a bit macabre, the truth is, the Day of the Dead is a joyful and loving celebration. This special day has been designated to honor the memory of loved ones that have died. Dia de Los Muertos is filled with many joyful festivities that are part of the Day of the Dead revelry, including dancing, food, drink and music. Part of traditional Dia de Los Muertos celebrating often includes wearing masks or painting one's face to look like a skull.

Day of the Dead celebrating has become more and more popular in the United States, particularly in those regions of the country that have large Hispanic populations. Traditional Day of the Dead costumes are also very popular for Halloween dress up. There are many ways to get the look of a skull face to perfectly accompany your traditional Day of the Dead costume. One way to easily get an intricately painted skull face look is through the use of cleverly designed temporary tattoos. There is no need to feel intimidated by a temporary tattoo, even one that is designed to be used on the face. These temporary tattoos are surprisingly easy to apply and will quickly give you truly amazing results. Temporary tattoos will not streak or smudge like ordinary costume makeup. When it's time to remove the temporary tattoo, by following a few simple techniques the tattoo will come off easily. So, what are you waiting for? Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions and you will soon have an unforgettable Day of the Dead look that is sure to amaze all your friends. You don't have to tell anyone that you didn't create all that amazing facial artwork yourself!

 
How to Create a Day of the Dead Skull Face Using Temporary Tattoos

 

Follow These Steps to Create this Look

Step One:  It is very important to do a little skin preparation to achieve the best results in your temporary tattoo application experience. First of all, there are a couple important things to remember. For the temporary tattoo to adhere properly, the skin must be free from all makeup, lotion or cream. A tattoo also does not adhere well to hair, so for best results, your face should be clean-shaven.

Step Two:  It is important that you familiarize yourself with your tattoo and how it will be positioned on your face. For our Dia de Los Muertos Skull Face look, we have used the Skull Face Tattoo. (# DFCT411) Since everyone's face is shaped differently, it is important that you cut your tattoo into small pieces so that these individual parts can be positioned in a way that fits best according your face shape. Once you have decided how to divide up your tattoo, carefully cut it into pieces and lay them out in the order you wish to apply them to your face.

Step Three:  IT IS CRITICAL that you remove the outer plastic from the temporary tattoo before you place the piece onto your skin. PLACE THE TATTOO FACE down, with the paper backing facing you. Press the tattoo gently onto the skin. Using a damp towel, press the towel onto the paper backing of the tattoo, applying gentle pressure, while getting the paper backing completely wet. (Hint: You want your towel to be wet, but not dripping!) Hold gentle pressure for about 30 seconds.

Step Four:  Gently peel the paper backing off of the tattoo. The tattoo should be adhered to the skin. If there are any loose edges, use a damp cotton swab to gently press the edges into place. Using your damp towel, gently press the tattoo around the edges to seal them into place more securely.

Step Five:  Apply the rest of your tattoo design in this same manner. For our Skull Face Tattoo, we have applied the tattoo in the following order: Two eyebrow sections, followed by the nose, upper lip and then the lower lip. The large cheek pieces were applied last.

Step Six:  To remove the sheen that is naturally present in temporary tattoos, gently dust the tattoo with a little setting powder. (#DD321)

Step Seven:  (OPTIONAL) If you want to add some face paint to your look, now is the time to do that. We have used the Day of the Dead Makeup Kit (#FW5618) to black out the eye socket area of our model. This nifty makeup kit has four colors that you can use to individualize your Day of the Dead look. Have fun and be creative! This makeup kit also comes with a brush and a sponge for super convenient and easy application. After you have finished applying any makeup you may desire, be sure to gently dust your look with setting powder to set the makeup and prevent smudging.

Now it is time to get into your favorite Day of the Dead costume! For our Dia de Los Muertos look, we have dressed our model in the Day of the Dead Macabre Mariachi costume. (#FM74648) and accessorized this traditional look with the Oversized Sombrero Hat. (#FM63434)

Temporary Tattoo Removal:  You can remove some or the entire temporary tattoo by using ordinary adhesive tape. Press a piece of tape firmly onto the tattoo and then gently pull off the tape along with the tattoo. Portions of the tattoo that do not come off with the tape method can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

The Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday that is not nearly as frightening as its name might suggest. This time-honored celebration is a great time to remember deceased loved ones and to get into some serious, south of the border style fun! Hay mas tiempo que vida! (There is more time than life.)

Happy Dia de Los Muertos from your friends at Halloween Express!


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