Day Of The Dead Makeup Inspiration: What Exactly Is A Catrina? [PHOTOS]

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Día de los Muertos is here and here we have fantastic pictures to give you some inspiration on how to do your makeup. Check them out! Reuters

Día de los Muertos is approaching and as a lot of Catrina-inspired looks are surfacing online, we would like to share a little history on the Catrina before we show you some amazing looks you could copy for a fantastic Day of the Dead look. La Calavera Catrina, also known as "Dapper Skeleton" or  "Elegant Skull" is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. Originally called "La Calavera Garbancera," the image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time.

She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. The original leaflet describes a person who was ashamed of his Indian origins and dressed imitating the French style while wearing lots of makeup to make his skin look whiter. This description also ties to the original name "garbancera," which became a nickname given to people of indigenous ancestry who imitated European style and denied their own cultural heritage. Posada drew this to explain and rescue the folklore of worshiping the dead, hence why it's used as a Día de los Muertos image.

Día de los Muertos Even the little ones can have their Catrina makeup. Reuters Día de los Muertos Black and red always makes for a more dramatic effect. Reuters Día de los Muertos Couples makeup! Reuters Día de los Muertos The whole family can join the makeup fun too! Reuters Día de los Muertos You can add studs to your face, just make sure the glue you use is safe! Reuters Día de los Muertos Don't be afraid to mix some colors! Reuters Día de los Muertos Create your unique look by adding different shapes in different colors. Reuters Día de los Muertos Besides adding studs, you can add glitter, or both! Reuters Día de los Muertos A fun way to do the makeup is by only doing half of your face. Reuters Día de los Muertos However you decide to do your makeup, wear it proudly! Reuters Día de los Muertos You and your friends will be the envy of the party. Reuters

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.

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