This unique, beautiful Halloween La Catrina (sugar skull) makeup tutorial uses stencils (binder reinforcement stickers) for Día de los Muertos!

Here’s my version of the calavera La Catrina for the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2, coinciding with the Roman Catholic feast days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

El Día de los Muertos is a time to set up altars in the home and visit graveyards, festooning the graves with beds of marigold petals, staying up into the late hours listening to mariachis play songs you pay for such as “Seis Pies Bajo Tierra” (6 feet under the ground) and remembering those who have departed.

La Calavera Catrina (‘Dapper Skeleton’, ‘Elegant Skull’, since Catrina is slang for a highfalutin lady) is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, depicting a female skeleton dressed only in a fancy chapeau (hat). She is a satire of Mexican natives who aspired to European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. She has become an icon of the Mexican Día de los Muertos, a reminder that we will all die, no matter how rich or fancy we are in life.

More about La Catrina:

More facts about Mexican culture:

Recipe for Pan de Muerto and hot chocolate (yum!):

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La Catrina Halloween makeup tutorial