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I love sugar skulls. Some know it better as day of the dead or Dia De Los Muertos. Actually – I don’t think that love adequately describes how I feel about them. LONG ago when L.A. Ink first began – Kat tattooed someone with a day of the dead skull. I fell in love. MANY years later & I have my own custom sugar skull tattooed on me & I’m still quite obsessed with them. So when this time of year started inching closer I knew that I would want to paint my daughter’s faces. I practiced my first on my older daughter to bring you this Day of the Dead Face Paint Tutorial.
I have to say – I had such a blast creating this face on her. I could have done it all day long.
Here she is – one of my gorgeous daughters.
I really wanted to use the stencils to create the designs on her face – but they stick on. So that would have taken off the base shade. So I opted to go freehand. However they gave me some fabulous ideas for how I would design her face once I was at that point. I can’t wait to use the glitter paint on another occasion.
It works a lot like watercolors – just wet the sponge & paint on the face. I gave her about 4 coats of white to get to this opaque level.
Then I added black & blended under her cheekbones & then used the paint brush to add the eyes, lips & nose detail.
Then I let her choose the rest of the colors – which ended up being turquoise & purple.
I added the flower petals on her chin & forehead.
Then painted the petals around her eyes – adding a line of white between the black & turquoise.
I also added tiny dots of purple in the eye detail to bring it out more.
Then one of the most important parts is the detail off the mouth.
I had all sorts of ideas on this – but in the end, chose to keep it simple.
Adding some large & wild hair along with some flowers to adorn the head finishes off the look.
Overall – this took me close to 2 hours. But that was a lot of slow & steady work doing it freehand.
I’m really looking forward to doing it again on Halloween so both the girls can look cute for passing out candy.
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