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Sugar Skulls


The Sugar Skull Tradition 



Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church. 

Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place. 

There is nothing as beautiful as a big, fancy, unusual sugar skull!


Sugar Skull Makeup


Our resident Makeup Guru – Chris Avery Whyte took up the Mexican challenge – and presented it to emerging makeup artists, who have created spectacular creations for our Sugar Skulls page ! Enjoy !



Makeup Artist – Beka Dale

Model – Gemiah




Makeup Artist – Kristen McKenzie

Model – Beth Hughes





Makeup Artist – Shannara

model – Craig





Makeup Artist – Chani

Model – Talia





Makeup Artist – Amelia Eagland

Model – Ethan Sunderland





Makeup Artist – Felicity McIver

Model – Sarayah Tullberg





Makeup Artist – Amelia Eagland

Model – Emily Skea





Makeup Artist – Courtney McManus

Model – Sibylle Junghans






Thank you to Chris Avery Whyte and all the Makeup Artist that participated in this months theme !


Thank you to Miss Margaritas Broadbeach for the amazing location !