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Here’s Part 2 of my Day of the Dead tutorial (get Part 1 here). I wanted to do a guy version because there aren’t as many online as there are for women. Also, it’s a lot easier to paint on someone else’s face while photographing at the same time than it is on yourself.
My models for the day were my 14-year-old son and my boyfriend, who both have beautiful hazel eyes. I was very excited to play up their eyes with dramatic colors. This project was a bit more challenging because they’re both guys and aren’t accustomed to having makeup near their eyes, which are already sensitive due to allergies. The pictures are combined in order to share different ways of approaching the challenges of thick eyebrows and facial hair.
If you’d like to try this costume for the whole family, here’s my Day of the Dead makeup tutorial for guys.
1. Clean Face
Start with a clean face and use a good moisturizer or primer.
2. Apply Paint
Use a white pencil to outline the eyes and the nose. Apply the makeup with a sponge applicator, and then perfect the edges with a small flat edge brush. I used Ben Nye Clown White.
3. Set with Powder
Set your makeup. I used Ben Nye powder.
4. Apply Eye Makeup
I had to be very careful not to get too close their eyes, as they’re both very sensitive. I used Ben Nye Liquid Paint in black. I had them both lie down so I could carefully paint around their eyes (and so they could relax!).
5. Pick Eye Shape
For my son, I wanted to leave more forehead space open for embellishments, so I painted black underneath the brow while painting the brows white. I set the eye makeup with black eyeshadow, which also allowed me to get a little closer to the eye.
6. Paint Eye Petals
I painted the petals over the eyebrow. I used Ben Nye Red.
7. Spider Web
My son loves Spider-man, so I was sure draw a web on his forehead. And because I love him so much, I pointed the web with a heart.
8. Line Eye Petals
For my boyfriend, I used Ben Nye Blue.
9. Add Details
I used red gems for my son’s eyes (and eyelash glue) and Crafty Chica’s stencils for my boyfriend’s forehead. Both were purchased from Michael’s Arts & Crafts.
10. Real Facial Hair
I covered a large majority of my boyfriend’s facial hair with Ben Nye white clown paint using the sponge applicator. I darkened his beard with black eyeshadow.
11. Add Teeth
This is the complete look with stencil and teeth painted in. My son moved around a lot and kept scratching his face. By the time I painted the lips, we were exhausted. He felt the need to lick his lips, mostly because he couldn’t. It took him a while to get used to the limitation makeup imposes, especially when you’re hungry and want to have the chicken wings sitting in your fridge.
12. Optional Mustache
My boyfriend wanted a mustache painted in, and as you can see, it transformed his personality. Beware: the guys in your life will become their whole look.
13. Hats and Bow Ties
My son already had a black hat from Forever 21. We bought the bow tie at a vintage store. Go in and tweak, fine tune, and finish the look. He was a such a good sport. Last year, he was a bit apprehensive and didn’t want to too much done. After seeing all the cool things you can do, he was excited to have more embellishments done.
14. Finished Product: The Groom
Here’s my boyfriend’s complete look with teeth, which are different than the ones I painted on my son.