Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Beauty

Dia De Los Muertos Naya RiveraDay of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. You might encounter couples expressing “Hasta la muerte,” or “Until death,” which symbolizes eternal love through traditional dress, sombreros or skeleton costumes.  Similarly you might attend gatherings with family and friends to remember and celebrate in a jovial way those who have passed on.

We love beauty, we’ll get to that in a sec…but check out the Day of the Dead photo editing features from It’s way too easy to turn yourself into the ultimate Day of the Dead character- virtually.

I played with a photo of Naya Rivera! If you don’t know about PicMonkey, I encourage you to take a look at the site and play around with some of the effects-just upload a photo from anywhere and dive right in-no need to register or download any software.

Whether you like to celebrate costume parties in a big way, or if you just want to keep the Day of the Dead tradition alive in a small way, here are products that can help you get a look inspired by this celebration of life.

See the must have’s after the jump…

Draw inspiration from the colors of Cempasuchitl, the flower of the dead.


Sally Hansen Play it KoiSally Hansen Lemon SharkAdd a pop of color that’s perfect for imitating the beautiful colors of the flower of the dead, the Mexican marigold. Go for Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color ($4.99 each) in Lemon Shark and Play Koi. Available in 29 colors in three trend-setting palettes, Triple Shine Nail Color is formulated with an Ultimate Shield Complex, exclusive to Sally Hansen. It is a carefully balanced blend of solvents and color solids that work synergistically for high impact color and maximum shine that looks “just applied” for days.



Celebrate the art and culture of The Day of the Dead.

Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner PencilSince this year the celebration falls on a weekend, why not gather inspiration from the art and culture of the Day of the Dead for your makeup.  For an eyeliner that’s intense, use Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($8.00 each) from Avon. This easy to apply, smooth, glide-on color gel liner comes in five different shades and is formulated with 20 percent liquid-gel to smoothly create a flawless line every time.

Play with color when creating your Day of the Dead look.

NYCL_Volum PeachNYCL_Plump PlumAllow your lips to make a statement against the traditional white makeup of the Day of the Dead. Try NYC New York Color Big Bold Gloss ($3.99 each) in Voluminous Peach or Plumped Plum to complete your look. Developed with an advanced, non-sticky formula, the gloss delivers up to 50% plumper, fuller lips. Available in 12 colors, the long-wear formula infuses lips with a high-gloss shine that lasts up to four hours. Non-sticky and lightweight, the gloss goes on effortlessly and evenly. The cushy oversized applicator guarantees precise application as you put your look together and builds even coverage and sultry shine with one effortless swipe, sure to last all night long.

John Frieda FE Original SerumUse your creativity to celebrate the holiday in your own way.

For your hair, celebrity stylist Harry Josh recommends John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum Original Formula ($7.99 each).  It transforms dry, frizzy hair instantly into a mane that’s incredibly smooth and glossy.  That way you can enjoy your night without worrying about your look falling apart due to frizz. Simply add a few loose curls and tie to one side with flowers like the Cempasuchitl and you’re all set.

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