The Dia de los Muertos holiday is this weekend, and it provides an opportunity to embrace and share some of the long-standing traditions of the holiday – not to mention, it can also solve some last-minute Halloween costume ideas. This is the look my 15 year old daughter will rocking tonight since it’s effortless, spooky and maybe because I told her she can’t go trick or treating unless she’s in costume. Here are a few tips inspired by Vive Mejor and my favorite Dove Pure Care products.
1) Wash and condition your hair with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner* to leave your hair silky and smooth.
2) Apply white makeup on your face (leaving out your eyes), black makeup around your eyes and create black lines across your cheeks to elongate your lips. With red lipstick, paint an upside down elongated heart on your nose and paint your lips red.
3) Apply 2-4 pumps of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil designed for all hair types to help protect your hair from the stresses induced by blow drying and styling and it leaves your hair silky and renewed. Blow dry with your fingers or using a round brush to give it volume.
4) Part your hair in two sections down the middle (as if you were going to make two pigtails). Place a folded scarf along your neck and pin it to the bottom of your head, leaving two equal pieces along each side of your shoulders.
5) Braid one side of your head by intertwining the scarf in your braid and using it as the third strand. Braid the other side in the same way.
6) Bring one braid alongside your face and do the same for the other. Secure at the top with bobby pins. If you want extra glitz and glam, add flowers to the top of your head and secure with bobby pins.
This looks great with a long black or fucsia dress, and for a more modern look, you can wear a black jumpsuit.
Dia de los Muertos History:
The Dia de los Muertos is a holiday dedicated to remembering friends and family who have passed, and Mexican families build altars to commemorate the lives of those they cared for very deeply. These altars are usually constructed of several levels and feature items from the person being honored – books, hats, toys, or other personal items are among the most popular. Other staple items include foods/dishes favored by the departed, and altars are topped with the cempasúchil, the traditional holiday flower.