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Dia de los Muertos

My older sister Christina was getting ready for a Halloween party last night and I just HAD to get a picture.

She made the headdress and veil by herself and did her own makeup! :-D
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1/49 second
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100 mm
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Oct 30, 2010, 8:17:23 PM
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Roxy-the-art-nut's avatar
Can I use this for a painting? I'm working on a series of calavera paintings
shwamantha's avatar
Hi, apologies for the late response with this -- I don't get onto dA much these days! Feel free to use it as reference, just please be sure to link the original photo in your description :) Can't wait to see the finished product!
8DemensionStudios's avatar
I enjoy this piece alot. As an illustrator, I feel I'm only good for judging compositions. xD I take awful photographs. This has good composition and the red flowers are a nice touch to the white lace.
The make up is alot more subdued as far as this style of make up is concerned,very minimal and while that's not my preferred method, your sis was precise and was smart about where she added the lines.
One of the best Dia De Los Muertos photos I've seen on DA. Such a powerful look in her eyes!
My 5 year-old wants to be a Sugar Skull for Halloween...dunno if I can come close to matching your sister's artistic talent, but I am going to try and recreate this make-up for my daughter's costume. She's going to be SO excited, I can't wait to see how she turns out!!
shwamantha's avatar
Aww, I bet it'll look great! :D
How did she get the diamonds to stick?
shwamantha's avatar
I think she used false eyelash glue.
can you provide any instructions on how she made the headdress and veil? Thanks!
shwamantha's avatar
She bought a black headband (not a full cloth one, but one that you just slide onto your head) and glued the lace for the veil to the underside of the headband. She glued silk flowers on the front and back of the headband to hide it.
Can you let me know what type of makeup she used? I'm wanting to do this for Halloween.
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She used costume makeup from one of the kits that they sell at the Spirit Halloween store.. She also said she used a setting powder which helps to keep it even looking. She used little rhinestones that they sell for decorating your nails with as the colored dots around her eyes. She used red lipstick, and blended black eyeliner in the corners of her mouth to make it darker. Hope this helps! :)
mecanique77's avatar
This is the best make-up i`ve seen so far . Amazing photograph, i`m speechless!:love:
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Thank you! Sadly, I can only take credit for the photo.. My sister did all of her own makeup :)

Really glad you like it! :hug:
AnnaKayArt's avatar
This is amazing! :ohnoes:
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Thank you so much!! I'm very glad you like it :huggle:
Ila-Turelmes's avatar
This is stunning! <D
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Thank you very much! :hug:
barfungus's avatar
That's a beautiful photograph.
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Thank you so much! :-)
alienhunny's avatar
Beautiful work! :blackrose:
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Why thank you! :love:
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