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This Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial Is Great For Halloween

While most Americans will be celebrating October 31st, a.k.a. Halloween by getting dressed up in costumes and trick-or-treating, Mexico has its own unique and colorful tradition around the time of year known as "El Dia de los Muertos" (The Day of the Dead). Similar to the traditional origins of Halloween which say that it is the day where the veil between this world and the afterlife is its thinnest and spirits walk among us, Mexicans believe that on November 1st the souls of departed children (known as "angelitos") get to visit their families for 24 hours (adult spirits visit the next day).

As part of that spiritual visit, families create altars upon which to leave them offerings which will in turn get the spirits to bring good fortune upon the family. Since rural Mexicans were quite poor but had abundant production of sugar, they were able to substitute expensive church decorations for versions made of sugar, including the traditional, brightly colored sugar skulls that most of us are familiar with today. The brightly colored skulls (known as "calaveras") are highly personalized and often feature inedible decorations along with frosted patterns.

In this video, YouTuber Noe Mae Villagonzalo offers a makeup tutorial that is inspired by this colorful tradition. It's perfect for Halloween too, in case you wanted to skip the wolf/gorilla mask this year.
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