I know it’s not quite time to be doing Dia de los Muertos makeup just yet, but with having a mixed race family something that has always been really important to me is that my children know and celebrate their culture and traditions. As my daughters are part Hispanic, we have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and trying to talk to our oldest (since the baby is still a baby!) about some of the amazing things about her heritage. We have started a family tradition of dressing up in a Dia de los Muertos look while learning- kind of a fun, hands-on experience that of course gets Sydney excited because she just loves dressing up. You can find last year’s look here. I can’t wait for Emilia to be old enough to start dressing up while we do this fun learning activity too. If you want to see more photos, you can find all of them on Tony’s photo website under the blog section in the next couple of days! He is the true master behind these beautiful photos. Clearly, it wasn’t my shaky hands holding the camera, ha! I style the shot, he works the MAGIC.
I wanted to share this Dia de los Muertos makeup look that we did on my cute little girl last year because…. September starts this week!!! (Also, it’s my blog, I can do what I want. Ha!) I can’t believe that August is already coming to a close and fall is right around the corner, but I also can NOT wait! I love the fall. I love the fall. I LOVE THE FALL. It’s hard to say I have a favorite fall activity because I love so many of them, but Dia de los Muertos celebrations are definitely on that list! My husband’s mother’s family is from Mexico and I think one of the most beautiful things about my girls is that the culture is part of who they are. Last year Sydney really got excited about faceprint and makeup for Halloween, so we decided that we were going to try out a simple paint job and see how it went, and I swear I was all tear-y eyed looking at her haha. You know your kids look cute if you’re brought to tears looking at them, right?? No? Is that just me? It’s ok, I fully admit that I’m THAT mom. 🙂
I started with the white base first, and I actually left the space around her eyes where the black circles went blank so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the white and end up with a muddied grey. I used grease paint because it’s much easier to wash off than other types of face paint, which is nice for kids because then you don’t have a battle later while they think you’re murdering them with a sponge and soap trying to get the paint off. The only problem with grease paint is that it DOES smear, so with Sydney after about 30 minutes it was smudged (she kept touching, playing, needing to scratch….you know, typical kid behavior…) It was perfect for taking photos but I think I would have wanted to use something a little less smear-y and more long lasting if we were taking her out to a party or something where it would have needed to last longer. Or maybe I wouldn’t have because kids are kids and they just get their perfect look dirty/messy instantly and I accept that. Sometimes. 😉
After the white base, I used the black around the eyes, which looked really cool because her eyes are so dark they are almost black, then I went in with a little small/fine size brush and used it to do the designs. I kept them really simple because Sydney was still only three at the time and losing patience, but I think it turned out really cute! Of course it’s not precision perfect, especially when compared to the face paint job Sydney gave me after she smudged her whole forehead. 😉
Happy Halloween from the pumpkin patch! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we do everything we can ALL MONTH LONG to prepare for today- seriously if there is an October/Fall/Halloween/Anything-remotely-close activity you can think of….. we have probably done it. Halloween is just the most magical time of year- it’s fun, spooky, a great excuse to dress up, the weather is UNBEATABLE in Utah and the colors are undeniably the most amazing thing you’ll ever witness, plus the magic of the pending holiday season coming up is starting to spark and it’s just such a fun, magical time.
Can I use the word MAGICAL enough times in this blog post? Maybe I should consider using it as my SEO keyword… 😉 ha! Just kidding, I’m probably not going to do any SEO on this because some of these photos are….well- hilarious but I don’t need to SEP them. Ha!
Some of our favorite MAGICAL (see what I’m doing there?) activities this year have been visiting the Pumpkin Nights festival, going to the pumpkin patch (where these photos were taken), attending a family wedding (I know, not fall related but fun still), and doing Sydney’s Dia de los Muertos look for this year. I already can’t wait for next year and want to plan it all out, it’s just such a great time of year!
Let’s talk about these photos- some of them I’m going to treasure forever. Some of them… maybe not so much. I shared these on instagram in my stories because I like to share the outtakes and the response I got was insane so I thought I’d post a few of the outtakes here, too. With all of the behind the scenes, goofy shots- here is the instagram caption I used. I want to share because I feel so strongly about it.
Swipe for a good look at Instagram vs. reality ➡️ I’m not photogenic by nature so for every one decent shot I get about ten of the other ones 🙈 Luckily for me, I actually love the others because they are always so true to me and my personality. I’m not a beautifully curated woman in the boxes of an Instagram grid. I’m a wildly messy masterpiece that is still trying to figure out her creative mess. I love beautiful photos on Instagram, but I don’t love the outtakes any less. Always be willing to laugh at yourself, it makes you that much more beautiful ❤️
I hope you guys get a laugh with a few of these, and if you don’t… well friend you’re in the wrong place.