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Día de los Muertos: Halloween Catrina Makeup Tutorial

Día de los Muertos: Halloween Catrina Makeup Tutorial

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Is it appropriate to do Día de los Muertos makeup for Halloween? The answer is yes—but only when done with understanding and respect for the cultural importance of Día de los Muertos

Professional makeup artists Lisandra Quintero and Veronica Hidalgo of the Beauty & Elegance Salon in San Leandro, CA are masters of creating Día de los Muertos makeup looks (known traditionally as Catrina). They dropped by Booksy’s Bay Area HQ to demonstrate how to do both traditional and Halloween Catrina makeup. 

Halloween Catrina Makeup Tutorial

Lisandra Quintero and Veronica Hidalgo show how to create non-traditional, Halloween Catrina makeup. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can book them on Booksy.  (Para ver este video en Español, haga clic aqui.)

Want to see more? Check out our other Día de los Muertos & Catrina makeup tutorials.

image of Traditional Catrina Makeup
Traditional Catrina Makeup Tutorial

Men’s Catrin Makeup Tutorial with halloween catrina makeup look
Men’s Catrin Makeup Tutorial

Laura Villalpando of Beauty & Elegance shares the history of Día de los Muertos.

The Difference Between Día de los Muertos & Halloween

First thing’s first: Día de Los Muertos is not the Mexican version of Halloween. Día de los Muertos is a spiritual tradition meant to honor our loved ones and ancestors who have died. They’re not even on the same day: Día de los Muertos takes place on November 2nd (though many Mexicans begin celebrating at midnight on October 31st.)

It’s easy, however, to see the similarities between them. Macabre costumes and themes related to death are hallmarks of both holidays. That’s because they both share a common history.  A history that reflects the influence of people from places as vastly distant from each other as Pre-Columbian Mexico to prehistoric Ireland. 

Ancient Roots of Día de los Muertos & Halloween

Halloween traces its roots back to the ancient Celts who celebrated a version of it for over 2,000 years. When early Christians came to Ireland in the 5th century, they blended the Celt’s Halloween traditions with their own holiday, All Saints Day. 

Día de los Muertos originated in Pre-columbian Mexico with a version of it being celebrated by the Aztecs. When the Spaniards colonized Mexico in the 16th century, they merged the Aztec holiday with their version of All Saints Day. Between the time of the Celts and the Spanish conquest of Mexico, All Saints Day had taken on many of the characteristics we associate with Halloween today. Costumes, ghouls, and even a kind of trick-or-treating had become part of the celebration. 

While the modern version of Día de los Muertos has visually similar elements and a shared history with Halloween, they represent very different things. Día de los Muertos isn’t meant to be scary. It’s about celebrating the lives, and the afterlives, of friends and family who have passed. So feel free to enjoy the beautiful tradition that Mexican culture has shared with your Halloween Catrina makeup. Just do it with love and respect for the culture—and for the dearly departed. It’s their day, too.

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For non-professionals, if you found this tutorial a little challenging, you can book a professional makeup artist in time for the holidays on Booksy. Click one of the links below to find a local makeup professional to do your Halloween Catrina makeup. 

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