Sunday, 20 October 2013

 My Sugar Skull.
Hi everyone hope you have had a nice weekend, its Monday 2mo :( and all the busyness starts so I thought id enjoy some peace while it lasts and write to you! Today I was a little bored and wanted to try a look that I have been wanting to do for ages... the Sugar Skull.
The sugar skull originated from a Mexican celebration of life called Dea de los muertos or 'Day of the dead.' This celebration happens on the 1st and 2nd of November. It is believed that on the 31st of October the gates of heaven are opened and all spirits of passed children are able to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On the 2nd of November the adults are able to come down to enjoy the celebration prepared for them.
The sugar skulls are made for the deceased to decorate their alters together with candles and also their favourite food and beverages, to encourage and guide them back to their families.
When I started to research the meaning behind these beautiful designs I could not stop, I loved the thought of celebrating the lives of passed ones, and using bright and strong colours to bring back to life an object which normally thought to be scary and dark.
This was my version it was my first time doing anything like this and there is no end to what you can create mine it pretty simple. I used all the NYX products I had in my NYX haul post:
- Gel liner in black
- Jumbo eye pencil in milk
- different colour lip pencils
- Eye shadow palette (didn't have eye pencils in the colours I wanted.
1) First I used the jumbo pencil in milk and blended it all over the face
2) I then drew in the eyes nose and mouth with the gel liner
3) I decorated around the black of the eyes with a pink lip pencil and coloured in the spaces with a yellow eye shadow
4) I contoured around the forehead and jaw with a dark blue mixed with a light purple eye shadow
5) I then added the decoration on the forehead and chin, I kept it simple to start with I didn't want to mess it up.
I like this look as there is real symbolism behind it and plus its not scary at all you make these as colourful as you wish :)
Give it a go and share what you create, and take some time to do the research its not just a pretty design but a whole lot more :) xxx


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