It’s 2018 And Día De Los Muertos Makeup And Costumes Are Stunning Across The World

Bueno, another year has passed, and maybe some of our loved ones have, too. Cada año, Día de los Muertos gives us the special opportunity to celebrate the deaths of those we love. Whether you’re throwing a party this year, or celebrating with your own private ofrenda at home, we have a bella inspo board to make this year’s Día de los Muertos the most memorable.

Bejeweled Calavera

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Last year, Lily Martinez stole the show with major jewels adorning her face, a corazón santo stitched into her blouse. The handmade enormous rose crown was a beautiful magnification of traditional accents.

This year, Lily Martinez dived into the structured halo trend.

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This year, Martinez elevated her look with precision. The metal adornments seem to be the trend of 2018, allowing for a crisp, clean structured look.

These hermanas lifted each other up this year:

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Martinez also crafted costumes for her two hermanas. 🌺

Caption: “Happy to be celebrating our loved ones who have passed away by honoring them at the festival for #DayoftheDead. 🥀💀 Love my Mexican culture! • Special thank you to my sister @lilylove213 for this dope head to toe custom costume- you’re the bomb sis!”

 Lace + Pink is a whole new look.

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For all you pastel goths out there, you can go light on the dark makeup and make your entire aesthetic a canvas for death by pink.

So is The Gargoyle Queen look.

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If you’re not a teenager in disguise and are not getting that “Riverdale” reference, let’s just mutually admire those gold bejeweled teeth. Bella.

We also spotted incredible headresses sin flores y fue bien.

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Our point being that it doesn’t have to be a choice between flores or metal, colorful or not. It can be neither and be incredible.

It can also be both.

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The exaggerated floral crown coupled with the metal halo and bright, iridescent makeup complement’s her novio’s own suit. If you’re dressing up with your loved one, these little accents can offer the wow factor you’re seeking.

Pero, go solo si quieres.

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Este hombre was spotted in Mexico City this weekend. Todo el país is gearing up for the upcoming celebrations.

 Another pair of sisters in México properly celebrating the beloved holiday.

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Tradition will never fail you. If you’re feeling paralyzed by the multitude of trends facing you, then come back home to how all our abuelas ever celebrated Día de los Muertos. This is all for them afterall.

For most, Día de los Muertos is a family celebration.

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When you’re with your familia, no le importa casi nada. It’s all about family, and this one came through. There’s just nothing better about spending time on special holidays with your loved ones.

But it’s also a celebration for body painters everywhere.

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There is nothing people don’t like more than being walking art. The only thing better is creating the art for others to enjoy.

Even the most “most” looks are spellbinding.

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I would have to do some serious neck exercises to get my neck in shape just to carry that crown around. That being said, I would gladly do the exercises to look that stunning.

This look is brought to you by Kat Von D Beauty:

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Made by a Mexicana for Mexicanxs. Kat Von D’s Inkwell Liner is all you need for that smudge-free precision. Vamos a la ofrenda.

Many restaurants already have their public ofrendas out.

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Caption: “To those we will never forget… ✨🌼💀🌼✨ Since opening our doors in 1994, we have shared this Dia de Los Muertos tradition at Guelaguetza. This year we expanded our altar to make room for your loved ones. Stop by and drop off your photos at any time, this space is for everyone.”

For your private ofrenda, showcase marigolds forever.

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Whether you can afford to buy dozens of marigolds and string them together for your altar, or you’re employing your hijos to make a bunch of paper flores, los muertos will be drawn to you on this special day.

La huela es por los muertos.

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Día de los Muertos is a sensory overload so much more than the visual. The story goes that you need to put extra cinnamon in las galletas, and burn extra palo santo because los espíritus can’t smell, see or taste as well as when they were alive.

Caption: “Dated back to the Aztecs , Day of the Dead honors our loved ones who have passed . It is believed that Marigolds guide the deceased to the altars that are made for them.”

Give la gente what they want: creepy bebidas.

CREDIT: “The Grave Digger.” Digital Image. TresAgaves. 29 October 2018.

If you’re throwing a party, you’ll want to invest in calavera ice cube trays to stay on theme. Spike those bebidas extra for the borrachos muertos.

Eso se llama el “Exorcist Sangrita.”

CREDIT: “Exorcist Sangrita.” Digital Image. TresAgaves. 29 October 2018.

Just blend a tomatillo, cucumber, celery stalk, cilantro, a few dashes of green tobasco, salt and pepper and serve in a shot glass. It’s a chaser.

Claro, what’s a fiesta without a sugar skull decorating table.

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We love that this mother pulled out Día de los Muertos themed vinyl tablecloth, and so we offer you the suggestion to stay on theme y limpia.

The party starts a la puerta.

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Make sure your Nana knows which door to cross (and that all your vecinos know you’re the most Mexicano on the block). It’s a win-win.

Feliz Día de los Muertos, mis Mexicanos queridos. 🥀💀🥀

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Mexico City’s Annual Día De Muertos Night Bike Ride Broke Records And It Looked Incredible


Mexico City’s Annual Día De Muertos Night Bike Ride Broke Records And It Looked Incredible

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Dia de Muertos may have officially happened over a week ago (it takes place from November 1-2), however, that isn’t stopping Mexicans from celebrating.

Sure, Mexico City had its massive Desfile de Día de Muertos last weekend and the incredible Mega Procesión de Las Catrinas on the weekend before but this weekend the celebrations continued. And this time, it took place in the form of a massive nighttime bike ride through the city’s most busy boulevards.

Mexico City’s Dia de Muertos night bike ride broke records with nearly 150,000 people coming out to celebrate.

A record 147,500 people took part in the annual Day of the Dead night bike right held Saturday in Mexico City, according to the city’s transportation secretary.

Riders showed up in elaborate costumes and disguises and completed an 18-kilometer route (about 11 miles) along the city’s famed Paseo de la Reforma. The route took the riders through some of the city’s most popular districts and along some of its most popular monuments. The ride then ended in the historic center of the capital city.

A costume contest at the Angel of Independence monument, live music at different locations and the screening of short films promoting the use of sustainable transportation at Plaza Tlaxcoaque complemented the bicycle outing.

Families and even their pets participated in the 11-mile ride.

Mexico City Transportation Secretary Andrés Lajous, who participated in the ride, told the newspaper El Sol de México that one of the most gratifying aspects of the event was to see young children enjoying their city at night. Many families took part including some that took their pets along for the ride, which took place between 9:00 and 11:00pm.

As violence continues to rack Mexico, events like this show highlight the positive events and moments in a country battling rampant drug violence. For many, the event offered a sense of pride as they were able to enjoy their city by night.

The night bike ride was just the latest in a series of major events in the city to celebrate Dia de Muertos.

For many, Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is synonymous with sugar skulls and elaborate ‘Catrina’ face painting. In reality, it’s a two-day festivity that lights up Mexico with colors, flowers, candles and a seemingly omnipresent joy.

Every year, on November 1st and 2nd, Mexicans take part in the adored demonstration of love and respect for their deceased relatives. And though the country’s capital is full of cemeteries to celebrate, plazas decorated in beautiful ‘ofrendas’ and lots of ‘pan de muerto’ weeks before the celebration, there’s one special day in CDMX when visitors will get to see a huge group of beautifully decorated Catrinas walk down the street in a parade celebrating life and death.

This year marked the 6th year that the parade took place. And more than 150 thousand people participated despite cool and rainy weather. Plus, there were nearly 200 professional makeup artists getting everyone looking like the famous ‘Calavera Catrina.’

However, not everyone was able to enjoy their night as some complained of police brutality.

While the vast majority of participants had an enjoyable and safe night, one young woman said that she and other cyclists were attacked by at least 20 police officers late on Saturday.

Twitter user @malitriushka said that after Reforma avenue reopened to traffic at about 11:00pm, the safety of cyclists riding on the road was threatened by an aggressively-driven Metrobús.

The woman said that she and other cyclists approached police to ask for assistance but were beaten and accused of theft. “As a cyclist, as a woman, I saw the situation and decided to help. Now I have fractures and am accused of theft,” she wrote on Twitter. “They beat me and with false testimony they say I stole a hat,” the woman said in another post.

She also said that her boyfriend and three other people were detained by police and that their cell phones, which had recorded the incident, were confiscated.

Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art


Here’s The Woman Behind The Stunning Marigold Bridges In ‘Coco’ And Her Ofrenda Art

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This weekend is sure to be a special time at the Hollywood Bowl as Disney and Pixar’s Coco will be screening a live-to-film concert experience like no other. Stars like Miguel, Eva Longoria, and Benjamin Bratt made appearances at both screenings and the iconic film was accompanied by a full, live orchestra.

However, there was one other star making her presence felt this weekend. While she might not be taking the stage or even be known to some, she is a legend in the world of Día De Los Muertos. Meet Ofelia Esparza, who for the last 40 years she has been behind hundreds of ofrendas, or alters, honoring loved ones who have past.

Her work has been featured in some of most famous museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, internationally at the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Glasgow, Scotland. Just last week, Esparza and her daughter, Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, had an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This weekend, Esparza and Ahrens showcased a three-level ofrenda right outside of the Hollywood Bowl venue. The ofrenda greeted guests attending the showings of “Coco.”

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Esparza, 86, who was born and still lives in East L.A, has devoted most of her life to creating alters. She learned many of her craft skills from her mother in Mexico and in return has passed on these traditions to her nine children. For Esparza, alter making is more than just a form of expression but an obligation that has made its way through multiple generations to honor loved ones who are now gone.

While Esparza has never met her great-great-grandmother, she knows of her through years of alter-making. Without this craft being passed down through multiple generations, she says she might have never known much about her and credits this tradition for intimately connecting her.

“My mother passed this on to me at a very young age and it always stuck with me that I have to carry on these traditions because if we don’t then who will,” Esparza said.

Using an array of photos, candles and vibrant carnations, Esparza’s alters stand out for their use of giant multilevel structures. The alters range from personal, political and even spiritual. Her work has garnered her many awards including just last year when she was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a 2018 National Heritage Fellow.

“I’m touched that people look at my work and want to learn more about this. It goes beyond just Día De Los Muertos but celebrating and honoring those who have past,” Esparza said. “To me that’s the biggest honor, being able to teach people about what alter making is really about.”

Esparza has followed through with many of the traditions her mother taught her at a young age and continues to pass this on. In her 40s, she became a school teacher where she included Mexican culture into her curriculum, including Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. This has included speaking at schools, museums, community centers, prisons, and parks throughout LA county and across the country.

Her expertise and passion for alters led Esparza to be a cultural consultant for “Coco.” Many of the scenes, including the famous flower bridge, were ideas that came from her.

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Esparza was approached by Disney and Pixar to be a cultural consultant for the Oscar-winning film. She says that many details and scenes seen throughout the movie came from some of her feedback including the famous marigold bridge scene where ancestors cross over into the land of the living on the Day of the Dead.

“I gave them a lot of feedback on certain things including what the bridge that connects the two worlds of the living and the dead represents,” Esparza said. “It was incredible to see that come to life and for people to resonate with that message of crossing over into two worlds.”

When asked about the popularity of the film and what it means for new generations to learn about Día de Los Muertos, she says it makes her happy and only asks of one thing.

“I want people to know that Día de Los Muertos is more than just putting on some skull paint but a true honoring of those who are no longer with us.”

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