Video by Norma Rubio & Alessandra Hickson
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2004, I fell in love with the cultural diversity of my new city. The many events and celebrations rich with history and culture added a new vibrant chapter to my life as a Latina woman who loves the sounds and colors of art. One of the celebrations I found the most intriguing was Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos — Originally an Aztec festival dedicated to goddess Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead.
I discovered this special day while volunteering in my son’s classroom. The kids were making sugar skulls! I found it fascinating that there was a day dedicated to celebrating (and not mourning) our loved ones who have passed. Up until that point the month of April – when my grandmother passed – was a time of sadness. I’m thankful for this day because it changed my perspective about death. It helped me focus more on the time she was here on earth and the close relationship we had.
To celebrate the day, I typically use the colors black and red to paint my face, and add gems as adornment. My grandmother loved bright reds, gems and flowers. Here’s my step by step on how to create a Day of the Dead look.
Items used for Día de los Muertos makeup:
Ben Nye White Clown Paint
Kryolan Rainbow Wheel – Red, black
Black eyeshadow used to set black paint – L’oreal Colour Rich in Black (full color palette was used for the other eye)
Mascara – Mary Kay Love Lash
Red lipstick – Nars Lizard
Born in NYC and now LA based, Rachel Matos, is the blogger behind the art and style blog The Art Muse. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts and pursuing graduate work in Modern Art at Columbia University, Rachel worked in the museum field for close to 17 years as a lecturer, programs/events curator and exhibited artist. Utilizing all of her art world experiences, Rachel connects bloggers with brands as an Account Executive for LatinaBloggers Connect and is a contributor for Babble Beauty & Style and LatinaMom.