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Day of the Dead Costumes!

Dia De Los Muertos

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Photo #1 - Dia De Los Muertos Photo #2 - Day of the Dead Costumes! Photo #3 - Oh the hot glue gun, only a few burns this time! Photo #4 - The makeup
Costume type:  Costumes for Couples
Category:Halloween Costumes

This homemade costume for couples entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Mara, the 'Day of the Dead Costumes!' costume creator:

The costumes are worn by me and my husband. I was learning about the holiday, Dia De Los Muertos and saw some pictures of the "sugar skull," and thought it would make an amazing Halloween costume.

For my outfit: I used an old dress and put a white corset over top of it. I made a petticoat out of tulle that I bought at the fabric store and sewed it into some material to make it into a skirt. I bought a pair of striped tights. I got silk flowers at the craft store and made them into arrangements on the top, in my wig ($5 from Wal-Mart) and on the skirt.

For my husband: We bought most of the costume from the Salvation Army and Goodwill, great stores to shop at for Halloween!! I hot glued lace into the coat and lined it with red sparkly paint, which you can find at any craft store. I had some old Christmas ribbon that I used on the hat and the boutonniere.

The makeup: The makeup was probably the hardest part. It took a few trial runs and the night of took about 3 hours. People kept asking, "Did you do your husbands makeup and did he do yours?" Nope, all you need is a mirror and a good light, oh and a steady hand helps too! I looked up pictures of a skeleton and then drew in my hands and chest too. I bought translucent setting powder, and this really helped "set" the cream makeup so I could build layers on our faces. It didn't smear all over the place.

Thank you for checking out our costumes. We did everything by hand and on a budget. They are original and unique and have a meaning behind them!

Rating: 4.7 of 5. Votes: 32

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#1 comment by Jan September 20, 2012

This is awesome! Love what you did with the dress and how you painted your arms! Thank you for the inspiration.

#2 comment by catherine September 29, 2014

what is the name of the makeup you used please?

#3 comment by Mara September 29, 2014

I used Mehron and Ben NYE makeup :) thanks!

#4 comment by Yadira November 19, 2014

Is this costume for sale?

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