Couples Costume DIY – Day of the Dead!

Day of the Dead Couples Costume
Day of the Dead Couples Costume

Hello friends!  I wanted to share these costumes I made for my boyfriend and my couples costume for Halloween this year!

I painted our faces myself after watching a couple of tutorials on Youtube for women’s sugar skull make up and men’s skull makeup (my boyfriend wasn’t really into the whole flowery sugar skull style of decoration so I went with something more scary for him).

Some of the tutorials I found went into a lot of detail so I simplified them a little bit, especially since I had to do both of our faces and didn’t want to spend hours on it when we could be hanging out with our friends.

I used black and white face paint for both and then added some colour to my own using some cheap dollar store eyeshadow.

For our couples costume I used the following materials:

Sugar Skull Girl Costume:

  • dollar store flowers (choose any colour combination you like, I went with orange and cream)
  • dollar store make up (brightly coloured eye shadow palette)
  • plastic headband (matched to hair colour)
  • glue gun to glue the flowers to the headband and around the middle of the dress
  • a cheap black dress from Forever 21 that was starting to pill so I was ok with re-purposing it
  • lace t-shirt (worn underneath the dress)
  • skeleton tights (not shown)
  • dollar store skull earrings
  • black boots or shoes
  • could also add some lace gloves but I didn’t have time to pick up any

Men’s Skeleton Costume:

  • plain black t-shirt
  • white acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • this rib-cage pattern from Martha Stewart (front part only) – cut out the holes with an exacto knife to create a stencil to sketch out the outlines for the rib-cage on the front of the black t-shirt. Remove the stencil and fill in thickly with white paint.  Make sure to place cardboard inside the t-shirt so the paint doesn’t come through to the other side.  Let dry for 24 hours before wearing.
  • black top hat from the dollar store
  • black blazer or jacket
  • dark coloured pants or jeans

For both costumes:

  • black and white face paint
  • a set of cheap paintbrushes to apply the face paint, especially details

This type of Halloween costume seemed to be pretty popular this year but I thought ours were some of the better ones I saw around!

More Halloween Costume Ideas:

I hope you all have a fun-filled Halloween!



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