The Calavera has become a popular symbol in art, beauty, and fashion in the United States. Sugar skulls -as they're commonly known - don't originate from Halloween celebrations at all, but rather are a traditional part of Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) celebrations in Mexico. 

We associate Halloween with horror and fear, but "Dia de Los Muertos" is to honor deceased relatives and friends, and is a bright, cheerful celebration even though it involves hanging out in a graveyard all night. 

Decorating sugar skulls is a joyous activity that includes vibrant colors, rhinestones, flowers, crosses, and all sorts of patterns. To show appreciation for the vibrancy of Mexican culture, Latin Times partnered with Dominican Beauty Vlogger and Makeup Artist, Noris Hiciano, to recreate two looks to join this year's "Dia de Los Muertos" celebrations. 

Hiciano also took this opportunity to remember her late grandmother. “This makeup look is dedicated to my abuela Paula, who used to bring joy to other people's lives, who always motivated me to pursue my dreams and who supported me in my decisions. She has always been an example of a hard-working and empowered woman. Thank you abuela. I love you. ”

  • Traditional Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull MUA Noris Hiciano Teaches How To Look Like A Sugar Skull Latin Times

For this makeup Noris Hiciano used:

  1. Urban Decay: De-Slick Complexion Primer, Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat in Regulate, and Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Quickie and Bittersweet
  2. Reina Rebelde: 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color in Tapatia, Rebel Eye Definer Liquid in Zapatista, and Bold Lip Color Stick in Rosa Salvaje
  3. Sleek Makeup: E10 Eyeshadow Palette
  4. L'oreal Paris: Infallible Liquid Eyeliner- 302 Electric Blue
  5. Ardell Beauty: Wispies Fiber Building Mascara and Ardell Professional Double Up False Lashes
  6. Pencil eyeliner in Black
  7. Gel Eyeliner in Black
  8. Clown Paint in White
  • Black Ink Skull​

Sugar Skull MUA Noris Hiciano Teaches How To Look Like A Sugar Skull Latin Times

For this makeup Noris Hiciano used:

  1. Urban Decay: De-Slick Complexion Primer, Vice Special Effects Long-Lasting Water-Resistant Lip Topcoat In 3rd Degree, Naked Palette, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, All Nighter Liquid Foundation, and All Nighter Setting Spray.
  2. Reina Rebelde: 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color in Tapatia, Rebel Eye Definer Liquid in Zapatista, and Rebel Eye Paint for Brows+Eyes in Frida.
  3. L'oreal Paris: Infallible Pro Glow Concealer.
  4. Sleek MAkeUp: Major Matte Lip Cream in Fired Up and Rioja Red.
  5. Ardell Beauty: Fame Chaser Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Top+Bottom Dual Ended Mascara, and Ardell Professional Mega Volume False Lashes.