Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Book of Life~Inspired Halloween #diadelosmuertos

::Momma Disclosure:: { This is not a compensated post. All opinions expressed are my own. }

The Book of Life was a wonderful movie about family, true love and culture! I loved the colorful scenery and the tale of Manolo, the young man torn between family honor and his love for Maria. I love how it depicts el Dia de los Muertos. It's a true remembrance of our heritage and ancestors, as Mexican{Americans} I want my children to learn about this holiday and it's significance. 

El Dia de Los Muertos is the perfect moment to reflect on life and honor the memory of our loved ones. The altar or "ofrenda" is a symbolic exhibit that reflects your loved ones personality and likes. It's also a close connection that is said to bring back the souls of our loved ones on this specific day. 

I remember as a child leaving not only fresh flowers as well water and bread at my Abuelita's grave-site but also sitting in the dark night with only veladoras lighting the way as we prayed for our loved ones now gone. It was never a scary situation but one that brought me peace.

We are yet to build and create an altar, maybe next year. But, we do visit the altars created at Meca every year. 

When my children saw the Book of Life they too learned that death was not scary but simply the circle of life. Yes, we are filled with deep pain and sorrow when we loose a loved one but we are left with their legacy, their image and our memories of them. That is what truly matters. 

I decided to create a very simple and easy Halloween look with Camila as my model. Inspired by the Book of Life and El Dia de los Muertos. Another symbolic way of celebrating life and death on this day is by dressing as "la catrina" or with "calavera" face painting. 

Camila and I worked hard to create this look for the first time. Keep in mind we are not experts and she is very wiggly 3 year old! 

What you will need to create your look:
  • Halloween White Face Paint
  • Halloween Color Sticks
  • Simple Make-up applicators 

You will also need a willing and eager 3 year old. At first Camila was really excited but it took some time for the paint to set and for us to move forward, so she quickly became antsy. 

Then, I applied the white paint all over her little clean and dry face. I let it set for about 20 minutes or so. And, attempted to add color afterward.

Then, I added a spiderweb on her forehead and the stitch like smile around her lips with the black color stick. Finally, I added some color around her eyes; a red flower and a heart with the red glittery stick. 

I finished her look with a big red flower for her hair and a colorful folkloric Mexican dress. 

At the end of the night my little lady is a super trooper and as you can see very expressive

What about you, how you will celebrate Halloween and/or El Dia de los Muertos?

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