"La Catrina" Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial

Artist Crystal Beshara (www.crystalbeshara.com) leads you through a full 20 minute lesson on how to do your best Day of The Dead makeup i.e.: "La Catrina" /Calvarita (Mexican folklore). Choose HD for best quality.

Normally I give painting tips, but today I thought I'd share my makeup tips for well known Day of the Dead character "La Catrina".  Feel free to try it or share it or "like" it. I'd love to hear what you think too, comments are welcomed.

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"La Catrina," Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial

El Día de los Muertos  is ancient indigenous ritual that has merged with Catholic theology and is now celebrated in most parts of Mexico and even foreign Mexican communities. 

The belief is that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

 La Calavera Catrina ('Dapper Skeleton', 'Elegant Skull') by Mexican  cartoon illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. Her chapeau was inspired by French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is meant to portray a satirization of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were over embracing European traditions of the aristocracy in the pre-revolutionary era.

What you'll need:

White (water soluble) cake pan makeup ( I used the Paradise Brand )

Non toxic water soluble crayons (I used Lyra Aquarelle)

Black Eyeliner (you'll want potted liner like a gel - I used Bobby Brown)

Black eye shadow ( I used a glittery M.A.C shadow)

Soft makeup/foundation brush

Small angled shader (for fine lines)

Rounded shadow brush


Make up, styling, video:

 Crystal Beshara


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