Channeling Frida: Hair and Makeup How-To

¡Feliz día de los muertos! Día de los muertos, otherwise known as Day of the Dead, is a holiday that was created to honor those who have died. It is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries, but is widely known throughout the world. I got to thinking about my favorite Hispanic things that I could feature in this post: horchataPablo Neruda (who was Chilean), sugar skulls… But then it hit me. Why not center my Day of the Dead post around my favorite Latina, Frida Kahlo?

With the help of my friend Bella, I recreated Kahlo’s popular hair and makeup look. Frida always wore two crossed braids on the top of her head, and was known for rocking a bold lip and thick brows.


Step #1: Brush your hair to make sure there are no tangles and that you can begin braiding smoothly. Then, part your hair in the middle.

Step #2: Separate your hair into 2 sections. Put one section in a ponytail until you’re ready to braid it.

Step #3: Braid both sections of your hair and secure with an elastic that matches your hair color. Weave a ribbon or thin, silky scarf through your braids. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Step #4: Once your ribbon is laced through your hair, lay both braids on top of your head and start bobby pinning like crazy so that your hair stays in place. Make sure to tuck the ends of your braids under the rest of your hair and pin.

Step #5: Grab some fresh flowers and stick them in the middle of your hair. Again, this doesn’t have to be flawless! I even untucked some strands of hair from the front to make it a little bit messier.


Step #1: I already had some basic face makeup on (powder and concealer), but I decided to contour my cheekbones using some glowy bronzer.

Step #2: Frida always has flushed cheeks in photos, so I took a bright pink blush with a stippling brush and swirled it on the apples of my cheeks.

Step #3: Bold eyebrows are Kahlo’s signature, so I took an eyebrow pencil and filled in my brows. They ended up being really dark, which is totally Frida.

Step #4: My new favorite lipstick is Candy Yum Yum from M·A·C. They are selling out quickly (I got the last one at my store), but if you can get your hands on it, I recommend picking it up! I layered it on to get a full neon pout.


Here’s the finished look!

If you recreate this Frida Kahlo look, post a photo on Instagram with #NordstromBP and you might find your picture on the BP. video wall, in the Instagram feed or other cool places.


{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Anna November 1, 2013, 7:06 pm

    You are much prettier than Frida Kahlo. Love the look on you!

  • Clare, BP. Blogger November 4, 2013, 9:44 am

    Thank you, Anna! 🙂

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