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23 Sugar Skull Makeup Ideas for Halloween

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One of the most popular makeup looks for Halloween is the sugar skull. The makeup is inspired by the colorful and ornate sugar skulls used in the Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico. We know how much you all love sugar skull makeup and have found 23 of the best designs from Instagram to give you some inspiration ready for Halloween. There is a sugar skull idea for everyone and each one will look amazing for any Halloween event. What are you waiting for?! Take a look we have spooky skulls, glitzy makeup and more.

1. Spooky Sugar Skull Makeup

First, up we have this spooky sugar skull makeup. The makeup artist has created black skull makeup with dramatic smokey eyes and she has painted her neck and body to look like a skeleton too. This makeup is finished off with a stunning floral headband and flower earrings. You can recreate this look or just paint your face in a similar way. There is a full list of the makeup used on the page below.

2. Bold and Bright Makeup Idea

Next, we have a bright and bold sugar skull idea. For this look, the makeup artist has used shades such as orange and purple to create a gorgeous sugar skull costume. The makeup is finished off with gems, flowers and a statement making floral headband. A sugar skull design like this will make you stand out and we love the colors because vibrant shades like these are commonly used on traditional sugar skulls. You can check out what products was used on the makeup artist’s page.

Bold and Bright Makeup Idea

Source: @yadeemua

3. Sunflower Makeup Idea

The next makeup idea is very unique and beautiful. Here we have a sunflower skull. This artist has been inspired by sunflowers and the fall season to create the look. She has a beautiful flower design over her eye complete with green stems to look like bones. The makeup is finished off with flowers in autumnal colors. It is an unusual version of the sugar skull, you can recreate this or use different flowers for you makeup. On the makeup artist’s page, you will find all the products used and a YouTube tutorial.

4. Cute Sugar Skull Clown Makeup

Can’t decide whether to be a clown or a sugar skull? Well, with makeup like this you don’t have to. This makeup artist has created both looks in one. She has created a skull like mouth complete with heart shapes on her eyes, gems, bows in her hair and flowers. It is like a combination of different Halloween looks. Recreate something similar or use this image as inspiration to create your own sugar skull clown.

Sugar Skull Clown Makeup

Source: @jadedeacon

5. Traditional Sugar Skull Look

This next idea is one of our favorites! Here we have stunning sugar skull design. This one has more of a traditional look because of the floral headband and the veil. The makeup is just amazing and the skeletal teeth look so realistic. A costume and makeup like this will wow at any Halloween celebration. You can check out the full costume on the page below.

6. Unique Sugar Skull Makeup with a Mermaid Theme

Next, we have a very unique idea to show you! This artist has combined sugar skull and mermaid makeup together! As you can see, the result is amazing. She has the more classic skeletal mouth and a patterned nose and mouth. The rest of her makeup looks like a magical mermaid complete with scales. This is a mystical and unusual idea and you can check out what products were used on the page below.

Unique Sugar Skull Makeup with a Mermaid Theme

Source: @luvekat

7. Beautiful White Lace Sugar Skull Makeup

A lot of skeleton and sugar skull makeup uses the color black for the lines and patterns. Well, what if you used white? This makeup artist has created stunning white makeup look. She has finished off the makeup with gems. The white makeup and rhinestones give her an elegant, spooky and ghostly look. This is a unique idea and we love it! You can check out a YouTube tutorial down below.

8. Scary and Stunning Makeup Idea

This next makeup idea is one of our favorites! Here we have stunning red sugar skull makeup complete with gems, flowers and gorgeous patterns. She is also wearing a floral headband with a skull that looks amazing with the makeup. This is a scary and fierce sugar skull makeup idea that will be perfect for a party. You can recreate this or you can try creating simpler patterns. Either way, it is a fab look for Halloween.

9. Simple Sugar Skull Makeup

Maybe you are looking for a simpler makeup design? If so, this idea is perfect for you. Here we have sugar skull makeup that is more minimal and it only has a few patterns. The eyes are mostly black with a red pattern, the nose has a heart shape and the lips are red with skeletal lines. All this is quite simple to recreate and can be done with makeup you may already have. This is a great last minute look.

Simple Sugar Skull Makeup

Source: @elisauroora

10. Glam Look with Rhinestones

Look glitzy and glamorous this Halloween with sugar skull makeup like this. The makeup artist has created skull like eyes and a skeletal nose and mouth. She has finished off the look with sparkling rhinestones. We love the purple color used and think it looks so gorgeous with the gems. This makeup is a must-have for those attending Halloween parties or for those who are celebrating the occasion with a night on the town. You can check out what products were used to create the makeup on the page below. The gems used are available from Evol cosmetics.

11. White Skull Makeup with Scary Contact Lenses

Earlier in the post we shared white sugar skull makeup. If you loved that, then you need to see this next idea too! Here we have scary and eerie white sugar skull makeup. The artist has painted her face and body and she has finished off the look with white contact lenses. This is a very ghostly sugar skull and it will give everyone a fright this Halloween.

White Sugar Skull Makeup with Scary Contact Lenses

Source: @sarahnewsfx

12. Colorful Sugar Skull Makeup

Next, we have another colorful sugar skull design to show you. The makeup is only on half of the face and features flowers, patterns and a little sparkle too. This is a fun, bright and unique idea that will suit everyone. Recreate this or have the skull design painted on all of your face. Either way, it will look amazing.

13. Black and Gold Makeup Look

The next makeup idea that we have to show you is another sugar skull with a floral design. For this, the makeup artist has created dark and sparkly eyes with petals around the outside. She also has a matching flower on her chin and the rest of her face has skeletal designs and patterns. We love the flowers because they look gorgeous! Recreate this or try flowers in different colors.

14. Glam Makeup Idea

If you love the sugar skull designs that look quite glam, then this could be perfect for you. The makeup artist has created dark eyes with classic sugar skull patterns and the look is finished of with red lips and a floral headband. The red lips and flowers are what glam this makeup up. With this, you get the best of both worlds because it is creepy but quite beautiful too.

Glam Makeup Idea

Source: @maly_mojo

15. Sugar Skull Makeup with Hearts

This next makeup idea is a little creepy and cute. She has the classic skeletal eyes, nose and mouth. The look is finished off with pink hearts around the eyes and there is a heart on the chin too. We love the hearts because they are unique and give the skull makeup a prettier look. Recreate this or you can try red hearts too.

Sugar Skull Makeup with Hearts

Source: @jodiehulme

16. Vibrant Makeup Look

If you love the more colorful sugar skull makeup ideas, then you need to check this out. This artist has created vibrant eyes, a skeletal nose and mouth and the makeup is complete with sugar skull patterns. The bright colors are stunning and this would be a fun look for a Halloween party.

Vibrant Sugar Skull Makeup

Source: @ixchel_agz

17. Spooky Sugar Skull with Rhinestones

Like to go all out with your Halloween makeup? If so, this idea could be perfect for you. Here we have very detailed sugar skull makeup. Her face is an icy shade with dark eye makeup, skeletal designs, a spiderweb, sugar skull patterns and rhinestones too. There are even gems on the body and she is wearing a wig and headband. Spooky makeup like this would look amazing for any Halloween event.

Spooky Sugar Skull with Gems

Source: @r.m.mua

18. Beautiful Black and Red Sugar Skull

Black and red is a beautiful color combination for your sugar skull makeup. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this design. Here we have gorgeous sugar skull makeup with a red, black and gold color palette. As you can see, the makeup looks so glam and stunning. Recreate makeup like this or try the color combo with different patterns.

19. Creepy White Skull Makeup Idea

Next, we have another white sugar skull makeup idea. For this, she has grey eye makeup with skeletal teeth and the look is finished off with patterns and gems. She has also painted her body too. This is a ghostly and haunting makeup idea that is perfect for giving people a scare this Halloween.

Creepy White Skull Makeup Idea

Source: @jodiehulme

20. Fall Theme Makeup Look

This next makeup idea has been inspired by sugar skulls, Halloween and the fall season too. The artist has created white sugar skull makeup with a fall leaf design on her head and chin. Autumnal colors have also been used on her eyes and the flowers she is wearing in her hair too. This is a stunning and unique makeup idea that is perfect for those who love the autumn. There is a YouTube tutorial for this makeup on the page below.

21. Simple and Spooky Makeup

Looking for simpler makeup that is easy to create and spooky too? If so, you need to check out this idea. Here we have a sugar skull design that uses one color with shading and patterns. Compared to some of the more ornate makeup, this design is simple but it does make a statement. We love the smokey eyes and it would be great for those who need last minute makeup.

Simple and Spooky Makeup

Source: @sarahnewsfx

22. Half Glam, Half Sugar Skull

If you want to dress up for Halloween but want to look glam too, then this idea is perfect for you. Here we have a half sugar skull design. Half of her face has glamorous makeup and the other half looks like a spooky sugar skull. As you can see, with this makeup, you get the best of both worlds. A half design like this is perfect for parties or if you are celebrating Halloween with a night on the town.

23. Bold Sugar Skull Makeup

The last makeup idea that we have to show you is very bold. For this look, her face is painted ghostly white with stunning red and black sugar skull patterns. We love this design because it is vibrant, creepy and beautiful too. This would look amazing with a red or black floral headband. There are tutorials for this type of sugar skull makeup online.

We hope you have been inspired by these sugar skull makeup ideas!

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