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Marianna Chavarria, face artist and owner of Lily Padz Face Painting in Alice, breaks down the art of calavera/skull face painting and shows the Caller-Times how it’s done. Model: Roxane Aguilar. Caller-Times file 2015.
Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times

It’s the day before the Día de los Muertos Street Festival, and you have no idea what to wear or how to do your makeup.

Fear not, downtown stepper and lover of sugar skulls. We have the how-to guide for you.

Marianna Chavarria, face artist and owner of Lily Padz Face Painting in Alice, breaks down the art of calavera/skull face painting in 10 easy steps.

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Step 1: Gather supplies. Make sure you have face paint or makeup ready, including eyelash glue, jewels or embellishments, and cosmetic safe glitter.

If you’re using makeup, make sure to have: black eyeliner or liquid eyeliner, bright eye shadow (any color will do), white makeup and/or white makeup powder, blush or foundation brushes and sponges and lipstick (matte preferred).

Step 2: Start with a clean face. You can add makeup primer if you like for a long lasting design.

Step 3: Using eyeliner or face paint, make a medium circular shape around each eye. Try having the shape be outside of your eyebrows and below the eye. Make them balanced.

Step 4: Start applying the white to your entire face with sponge or foundation brush. Go around the circle shapes of your eyes. Stop at your jawline and make sure it’s even where you stopped. If you have white powder, you can add to the paint to make the design last longer. Just lightly brush it on top of the white part of your face.

Step 5: Start adding colored paint or eyeshadows to your eyes. Let the shape of your circle guide your lines. If you wish to add multiple colors, be sure to blend using eye shadow brushes.

Step 6: Sponge a little shading under your cheekbones for a contouring effect. You can also do it with a blush brush. The shading can be black or any other color.

Step 7: Add any color lipstick to your lips. You can skip this step if you would rather go without.

Step 8: Using black face paint, black eyeliner or liquid liner, start making the nose and details of your design. You can make any design on top of forehead and cheeks. You can do spider webs, swirls, flowers or a cross. Save the lines on your lips for the end and make vertical lines across your lips to represent teeth.

Step 9: With your eyelash glue, add any jewels or embellishments you may like. Make sure they’re light in weight and small. If it is too heavy, glue may not hold up. Put them around your eyes or on top of your forehead.

Step 10: Add glitter around your eyes, and you’re done.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in the Oct. 30, 2015 edition of the Caller-Times.