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How-To: Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bride Makeup

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How-To: Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bride Makeup


Perfect your Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) sugar skull-inspired makeup skills with this sugar skull bride makeup video and tutorial from Bespoke Bride!

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Head over to Bespoke Bride to see the full how-to with step-by-step photos.

14 thoughts on “How-To: Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Bride Makeup

  1. Rusty says:

    Cultural appropriation of another culture sacred days for a Halloween costume isn’t “cool,” it’s disrespectful and an erasure of someone’s real life culture.

    1. Haley Pierson-Cox says:

      Thanks for your response. I chose to post this project because, in my opinion, Dia de los Muertos is a beautiful celebration, and I think there’s great value in exploring cultures beyond my own. That said, if the original project hadn’t featured an explanation of some common Day of the Dead rituals and a link to further information, I would have been hesitant about sharing it. -Haley from CRAFT

      1. Jane says:

        I have to agree with Rusty. I find a tutorial for Day of the Dead makeup to be questionable at best.

      2. Tsuyoi Kuma says:

        “Great value in exploring”? You meant “great value in exploiting”.

  2. Aize says:

    cultural appropriation at its best.

  3. Tsuyoi Kuma says:

    Thank you to all those who have pointed out the blatant co-opting of this tradition. I don’t care how much the non-hispanic-white author of the linked website explains this tradition to her non-hispanic-white audience, the fact of the matter is that this is just another example of appropriation of “those other people’s traditions/culture” by the oblivious majority

    1. Haley Pierson-Cox says:

      Thanks for weighing in. I absolutely understand your concerns about non-hispanic white authors sharing hispanic culture with what is presumably a non-hispanic white audience. (Actually, I guess we’re all just assuming–probably correctly, given the available context–that both the authors and the audience are non-hispanic white.) I chose to share this link because I thought the makeup was beautiful and a day dedicated to celebrating one’s ancestors and loved ones who have passed away really resonates with my own interests in family history and passing down traditions (and skills) through generations. That said, I personally would have been much more comfortable with the video/tutorial if the ladies had left out the Halloween references entirely and simply presented a respectful appreciation of the Dia de los Muertos traditions.

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Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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