I’ve always wanted to do a La Catrina (Sugar Skull) look but I’ve always been super hesitant because they can be extremely controversial and offensive because it is a cultural makeup look. It also happens to be the standard ‘white girl halloween makeup’ each year. So to half get involved and get my cosplay loving self into action, I decided to try to recreate one of my favourite characters, La Muerte, from the Book of Life. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I’d highly recommend it. It is one of my favourites 🙂
Dia de los Muertos is very important to me and while I don’t celebrate it in Australia, I do recognise it and I think that remembering our loved ones who’ve passed is really important. The final day of Dia de los Muertos is also my birthday, so I feel a special connection with the holiday haha.
For a little background on the holiday itself, November 1st is typically spent remembering children who have passed (Dia de los Innocentes/Angelitos) and November 2nd (my birthday) is spent remembering adults who have passed (Dia de los Muertos). La Catrina is the Lady of Death and she looks after those who have passed on and by remembering and praying for those who’ve passed, we are helping them on their second journey through the afterlife.
La Muerte from the Book of Life is La Catrina. In the movie, La Muerte rules the Land of the Remembered and her husband, Xibalba, rules the Land of the Forgotten. Xibalba hates the Land of the Forgotten so they make a bet concerning who the mortal Maria would marry out of either of her childhood best friends: Manolo or Joaquin. The winner would become the ruler of the Land of the Remembered.
I adore La Muerte and Xibalba so much that I had to buy the Pop figures. La Muerte was actually super hard to find!
Anyway, enough of that. Here is the look that I created for La Muerte:
I wore a wig that suited the look the best. I didn’t have a nice black wig to wear and I thought that this purple wig still gave a similar effect. I tried something new with this look. I actually tried out the glue eyebrow method of blanking out eyebrows. I used regular stick glue and a spoolie to smooth down my brows and then I powdered them with a translucent powder. I did this twice and then covered them with an orange concealer to mute the blue tones from my brows. After that, I covered my face in a near white cream stick foundation and it almost completely blanked out my eyebrows (as can be seen in the photos below), so I’ll try to do it a couple more times next time I try this method. The foundation is actually very pigmented, it covered most of my spots, so it is definitely a matter of repeating the brow cover process.
L’Oreal Matte Primer
Face of Australia Translucent Powder
Rimmel Match Perfection concealer in 40
Mehron CreamBlend Stick in Alabaster
TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow in Matt Malloy (Review and swatches)
Innoxa Retractable Lip Liner in Red
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencils in Black Bean, Peacock and Milk
Shiro Cosmetics Zora Sapphire (Swatches)
Inglot Eyeshadows Black, Navy and Sparkling Peacock Blue
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Wing Liner (Review)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Australis Velourlips in DOO-BAI (Review and Swatches)
NYC Black Liquid Liner
Rimmel Retractable Eyeliner in Gold
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