As Halloween was approaching I only had one priority: spend little to no money on my costume. I've tried this before to very lackluster results. Free costumes made from my own wardrobe often lead to an uninspired "wacky mismatched patterns" look. This year I wanted to try a new cheap, but creative approach to the holiday. Encouraged by my previous Beyoncé makeup mimicry I had the idea to try a traditional Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) look. Obviously this was going to be a more elaborate task than usual.
Although I haven't celebrated a traditional Día de Muertos (beyond ingesting a copious amount of sugar skulls), I have always loved the imagery of the Calavera Catrina. The mix of Aztec and colonial Spanish aesthetics reflects a uniquely Mexican mix. It felt right, fun and totally doable if done with attention.
When planning the makeup I assumed what I lacked in standard makeup skills I could compensated for with my drawing experience. I found a few YouTube video tutorials and made sure to practice a few days before Halloween to help establish a learning curve. This year Halloween weekend in New York turned out to be a gloomy snowy mess, but there was no way I wasn't going out after I finished this almost two hour creation.
I really enjoyed how many people I didn't know were intimidated by me, people I did know barely recognized me and everyone was generally creeped out. Official Halloween success!