If you have been looking around YouTube and the net for some cool Halloween makeup and costumes, you would have undoubtedly come across the recent Sugar Skull trend, which seems to be a favourite this year.
I thought I’d give you some background on this cool tradition which hails all the way from Mexico and goes back to the Aztecs.
A little history lesson, I’ll make it a short one.
Sugar skulls (aka calavera de azucar) are used to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” also known as “Dia de los Muertos” in Mexico. Mexicans have a cool tradition going back generations, where rather than mourning their lost loved ones, they instead choose to celebrate their lives. Sugar skulls are festively decorated skulls which are used to decorate the grave stones of the deceased.
Why are they called sugar skulls? This is because authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar and decorated to look festive (rather than horrifying). Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on the 1st and the 2nd of November.
You can find more info at www.mexicansugarskull.com
I played around a little with creating a sugar skull on my own face and I plan to do a tutorial this week, so stay tuned for that. (FYI I created this sugar skull look on the computer).
Have you tried this out or will you be sporting the new sugar skull look to this years Halloween festivities?
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