Halloween Makeup: Day of the Dead | Sugar Skull

Photo by Steve McCumber, makeup by Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua

Last fall I had the pleasure of modeling a Day of the Dead costume and teamed up with stylist Erick Skarownski and makeup artist Ashlee Bullinger-Nabua to create the look.


Ashlee and I researched different sugar skull designs on Pinterest that we liked and then printed out our favorites to reference. We took different aspects of each sugar skull to create our very own design, integrating sparkles and press-on gems into the final product.

Photo by Sean Gumm

My friend Patrick Vong was my vampire cohort for the photo shoot.



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Photo by Sean Gumm

Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Carmen Sandiego

Do you remember watching the Carmen Sandiego cartoon in the 90s? While I barely remember a thing about the show, her red getup is unforgettable and makes for an easy Halloween costume for women on the fly. Bonus points if your date goes as Where’s Waldo!

Costume Components

  • Red hat (this one I ordered from Spain for a flamenco performance and worked great!)
  • Yellow ribbon — purchased by the yard at Michael’s
  • Red jacket
  • Black gloves
  • Black T-shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black boots
  • Optional: globe

Costume Inspiration