Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the world. Even though the holiday is celebrated on November 2nd, this type of design has gained a lot popularity and will work as a great throughout the year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paradise White
- Paradise Orange
- Paradise Pink
- Paradise Nuance Porto (Red)
- Wolfe Black
- Global Amazon Fun Stroke
- Ben Nye Lumiere Palette
- Smoothie Blender
- #4 Round Brush
- Small Filbert Brush
- Always Wicked Sponge
- 1/2″ Angle Brush
- Bad Ass Stencil – Dots
- Global Pink Glitter
Apply a base of Paradise White all over the face with your Always Wicked Sponge, leaving space around your eyes where you will be filling in with color.
Load your Smoothie Blender with Gold from your Lumiere Palette and fill in the eye cavity and cheekbone shading. Load the same smoothie blender with pink from your Lumiere Palette and shade the gold with it. Without reloading, add some shading around the edge of the white.
Double load your 1/2″ angle brush with Paradise Orange followed by Paradise Yellow and paint in the flower shape above the bridge of the nose and three petals on the chin. Double load your Small Filbert Brush with the same colors and add petals around both eye shapes.
Load your 1/2″ Angle brush with the two green colors from your Global Amazon Fun Stroke and paint in the leaves on each side of the flowers.
Reload your Small Filbert with Paradise Orange and Yellow (double load), and paint flower petals on each side of the face in a cascading pattern. Load your #4 brush with green from you Global Fun Stroke and ad teardrops on the sides of each leaf at the top of the design and on the sides of the face. Load your #4 brush with Wolfe Black and begin outlining the petals, leaves and inside of the flower.
Continue outlining the flower petals with your Wolfe Black. Reload with Wolfe Black and add dots in every other flower petals around the eyes. Add lines from the corner of each side of the mouth and begin adding teeth around the mouth. Paint in the nose shape with your #4 Round brush loaded with Wolfe Black. Load your Always Wicked Sponge with Paradise Nuance Porto (Red) and using your BAS Dots, stencil in dots on the edge of the design around the entire face. Load your #2 brush with Paradise Nuance Porto (Red) and add some dots to the design. Load the same brush with Paradise Yellow and add dots to every other flower petal (opposite of the black dots).
Lightly load your #4 Brush with Paradise Nuance Porto (Red) and Paradise White and add some light strokes to the lips. Finish up with Global Pink Glitter Gel on the flower petals and a Sprinkle of Glitter to the entire design. You can also grab your smoothie blender and brush it across the black nose area to give it a shimmer.
Remember you can always change of the flower designs and patterns to give each Sugar Skull it’s own look. As long as you have the basics down for this type of design, your Sugar Skulls will impress everyone. Be sure to share your pics with us!
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