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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial by Chelsea Rachel

Makeup artist Chelsea Rachel accepts Martha's "Shriek or Chic" challenge! In her Day of the Dead-inspired beauty look, scary has never looked so stylish.

You might say we have a serious sweet tooth for sugar skulls. After all, Day of the Dead is just around the corner, and we've been busy getting into the celebratory spirit. So we were over the moon when we learned that up-and-coming makeup artist Chelsea Rachel accepted Martha Stewart's "Shriek or Chic" challenge. She has created an authentic sugar skull design for the upcoming holiday!


Traditionally, sugar skulls are not morbid at all. These sweet treats -- offered as gifts -- are made from granulated white sugar and decorated with rhinestones, sequins, feathers, and eye-popping colors. They're more beautiful than boo-tiful.


Feeling inspired yet? Follow along with Chelsea in her video tutorial to create your own character inspired by Day of the Dead. The ghostly pallor, dark shadows, and feminine touches of gems and a blood-red blossom all come together for a look that is, well, to die for:

Looking for further inspiration? You can get more tips from Chelsea by following her at @chelsea_rachel on Instagram and


And of course, don't forget to check out all of our Halloween tutorials, including pumpkin-carving how-tos, spooky treats, and last-minute costume ideas on our "Shriek or Chic" page. Join in on the fun using #shriekorchic.