Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to pay homage to loved ones who have passed and celebrate them on the days when they are believed to return to the land of the living — from October 31 to November 2 (coinciding with the Christian Allhallowtide, All Saints’ Eve, and All Souls’ Day). Two major symbols of this celebration are La Catrina Calavera also known as sugar skulls and the extravagant floral arrangments used on La Catrina or on the altars, such as marigolds.
First created by Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada between 1910 and 1913, La Calavera Garbancera was actually a social commentary about Indigenous Mexican women opting for a European ideal of dress, with large, feathered hats, French dress, and white makeup to make the skin look lighter. Diego Rivera later painted this same type of skeleton woman as part of his mural, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, and called her La Catrina. Since then, La Catrina Calavera has became known as the Grand Dame of Death, and a major symbol of Dia de los Muertos.
Then we have the equally-iconic sugar skulls. These brightly-decorated calaveras are a part of any Dia de los Muertos ofrenda — small ones for departed children (celebrated on November 1), and large skulls for adults (celebrated on November 2). Both sugar skulls, and La Catrina have been used as inspiration for makeup looks by those celebrating the Day of the Dead.
To prepare you for this important time of the year, we wanted to share 30 great YouTube tutorials, by Latinx beauty bloggers, on how to recreate this beautiful aesthetic.