What are sugar skulls?
Called "calaveras de azúcar" in Spanish, these sugary sweets are sold everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Day of the Dead. Market stalls are lined with rows and rows of colorful skulls, created from sugar and decorated with multi-colored icing, shiny foil, sequins and glitter.
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History of Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
Sugar Skulls Face Painting
This has become a very popular design for Face Painting and can be achieved by all levels of painters. We have created a great Kit for beginners to professionals so you can paint yourself, your friends and clients. Click here to order your face paintng kit online.
And watch this great beginners Sugar Skull Face Painting tutorial
Plus here are 2 awesome designs by local South Australian Artists Davinia from Firefly Studios and Katrina from Spark face and body art