Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blue Sugar Skull Makeup

 This is a Sugar Skull makeup design I created for a Sugar Face & Body Art job during the Dia de los muertos season. I wanted to incorporate the teeth to give it a bit more of a realistic look. I also used dark browns and blacks to create some shading and more of an aged look.

Kryolan Face Paint
Cameleon Face Paint
Ben Ny Lumieres
Inglot Matte Shadows
Jouer Lip Creme
Sugar Face & Body Art Glitter
Sugar Face & Body Art Flower crown

 Below you'll find a quick video to showing the Sugar Crystals and Sugar Glitter I used to make this simple sugar skull sparkly and glamorous. If you try this design on yourself or someone else. Please tag me in it. I'd love to see it and share it.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

New face painting classes with Shawna Del Real for 2018

 This past summer I announced I was going to offer a Sugar Skull workshop with my partner in crime Ronnie Mena and the response from cities all over the U.S. was incredibly surprising! I was shocked at how many face painters and makeup artists wanted to learn our style of makeup and face painting in a hands on workshop. It was so successful we were asked over and over again to come back and offer a 2 day workshop next year...shhhhh that's in the works now.

 Although I've traveled for a few years teaching, this past year of touring the U.S. was the first major full time season of teaching and through it I quickly realized there was a higher demand for more of my fusion beauty style of makeup and face painting, so with that I have put together some new workshops and revamped some of my older workshops for the 2018 season. 
 All of my students will tell you I am huge on teaching skill and technique as that is what I believe makes me a better artist and will make you a better artist. You can never stop learning when it comes to anything you love and feel passionate about.

 In 2018 I will be offering 4 workshops to choose from with workshops 1 & 2 and workshops 3 & 4 being complements to each other for 2 days of learning fun. You can check out which face painting workshops I will be offering here 

 I am currently in the planning phase and am looking for willing hosts from cities and states all over the world. If you would like more information on being a host or know someone who would be please contact me. I will send you everything you need to get started hosting a face painting workshop in your area.

 I am looking forward to seeing some new faces this season and some old friendly faces as well. I love meeting you all and do plan on spending more time in each city getting to hang out with and have some free fun time I promise!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Green Sugar Skull makeup

 I taught this design all over the country this past summer. It was taught in a neutral tone, but here I show how it can be re-created in color and with a simple change of the eye you get a super impactful design that is fast and easy. I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful Sugar Skull makeup designs this season from all of you. Please feel free to tag me in your posts so I can share the love.

You can watch a quick video below to see just how sparkly Agave glitter is from Sugar Glitter.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Las Vegas Sugar Skull Workshop

 Oh boy was it HAWT in Nevada and not just because Ronnie and I were there (insert wink emoji here).
 We drove in since we live in Los Angeles and it's only a couple of hours away but, boy oh boy was it hot and a little dangerous considering it was monsoon season. Um, I think we may have missed the memo on that one but, the ladies in our Las Vegas class made us forget all about the danger lurking outside with their awesome artistic skills.

 Many of the artists in this workshop had previously taken a workshop with either Ronnie or myself and came in from Arizona, Northern and Southern California (This makes me very happy because it shows me how far you are willing to go to learn and potentially work with me), Utah and New Mexico! A couple of ladies drove 10 hours to take this class and we were so glad they came because we had no idea there was a huge group interested in having us bring a workshop to your area. If you live in New Mexico please get in touch with Theresa Montano if you would like to take a workshop with Ronnie Mena and myself. Every single person in this workshop worked so hard and had so much fun. It was a great day but, as always exhausting at the end. If you ever leave our workshop with a ton of energy then, you must have been sleeping in class hahaha.

We want to thank Pamela who hosted the class in her home and provided some refreshments for all of the students and even had a few students spend the night. That was very kind of you.

 I also want to say a big thank you to my awesome comadre and lady boss Samantha Summers who opened her home to us and took us out to some of the best dining spots in town! If you ever go to Las Vegas you need to check out SkinnyFats. Oh man that place was so bomb! She couldn't make it to the workshop but, sent my Goddaughter Valerie instead who got to be the first model in class. whoop whoop. She is so beautiful inside and out.

And last but, not least. THANK YOU to all of the ladies who registered for this workshop. You all did such great work and gave your all to every lesson being taught. We promise there will be more to come soon.

 Please enjoy some photos from our workshop below.

If you would like to sign up for one of our workshops please go to my website and click on Classes and Workshops.
Our next Sugar Skull Workshop is in Seattle, Washington on July 26th.
 Hope to see you there! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Birmingham Sugar Skull Workshop

WOW! This was a huge class. Typically face painting workshops are maxed out at 12 students due to the fact that our workshops are very hands on and we like to make sure each student is receiving enough of one on one attention from the instructor.

 We have made the exception with these Sugar Skull workshops since there are two of us teaching which means we have a second pair of eyes and hands to help but, wow we just did not expect such a huge response from our ladies in the south. This class was double our max. I'd say about 75% of students in this class had never taken a Makeup or Face painting workshop before this and I think they all did a great job. There is definitely some raw talent out there in the south and I'm really looking forward to watching the growth and artwork that comes from this class.

Thank you to everyone who made it to this workshop. You all worked very hard and we are so looking forward to seeing some awesome Sugar Skulls coming out of the southern states of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

If you would like to sign up for one of our workshops please go to my website and click on Classes and Workshops.
Our next Sugar Skull Workshop is in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18th.
 Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

San Antonio Sugar Skull Workshop

 There is just something to be said about Texans. They are probably the most polite, welcoming, generous, honest folks on the planet. This is my third trip to Texas over the past 3 years and everytime I go I feel like my art family community just grows and grows.

 This time Ronnie and I went to visit a large group in San Antonio, Texas. Our class was hosted by the lovely Krystle who more than exceeded her hosting expectations. She went above and beyond through the whole process making us feel confident and secure about the whole visit. Not only did she gather a group of more than 20 students in a very short period of time but, she also found us a great location and made sure all who came felt welcomed and taken care of. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to referring you to other instructors as an A+ host.

 This class was filled with all levels of art students from expert level body painters to novice face painters. Each and every student gave their all and participated in each exercise they were challenged with. A few had to leave before we could take a class picture but, we know you were there in spirit.

 I am confident that I have found a couple of artists I would love to add to my Sugar Face and Body Art team again this season for sure.

I am looking forward to seeing each of you grow in your new found skills and hope you will all continue to practice what you have been taught. Many thanks to our Texas family.
 We hope to do it again next year!

 Enjoy a few photos of our workshop below.

If you would like to sign up for one of our workshops please go to my website and click on Classes and Workshops.
Our next Sugar Skull Workshop is in Birmingham, Alabama on July 9th.
 Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Colorful Wings #MOTD

Today's Makeup of the day was inspired by color butterfly or bird wings. I couldn't decided which I wanted to paint so I fused the idea together and came up with this design.
I used a combination of Ben Nye lumieres, a couple of custom One Stroke cakes, Cameleon face paint in Strong Black to line and Mojito glitter by Sugar Glitter.
 My lip color is Patina by Stila.

Hope you are inspired to create your own little mashup design. Tag me if you try this one. I'd love to see it.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sugar Skull Workshop tour schedule

Here are the latest cities to join our U.S. Sugar Skull makeup workshop tour. We have a small window of time to try and get as many cities on this list as we possibly can. If you would like to host a workshop in your city please read this post first. Sugar Skull Workshops

San Antonio, TEXAS June 29th (Half full)

Las Vegas, NEVADA July 18th (Half Full)

Seattle, WASHINGTON July 26th (Half full)

Madison, CONNECTICUT August 30th(Sold Out)

Peekskill NEW YORK August 31st (2 spots left)

Twin Cities, MINNESOTA September 25th(Just added)

Kenosha, WISCONSIN September 27th(Sold Out)

Possible cities in the works:

New Jersey
San Francisco

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sugar Skull Workshops

It seems that each year I begin preparing earlier and earlier for the Dia de los muertos season. This year is no exception. I am doing things a little different this season as I have had many years of trial and error to perfect how I go about choosing artists to work with me.

There are so many factors that go into it that it almost becomes impossible to meet all of the requirements without meeting artists in person so, I'm now on a mission to meet and work with face painters and makeup artists from all over the country via Sugar Skull workshops.

I will be travelling with my partner Ronnie Mena teaching, working with and helping artists from all over the United States up their Sugar Skull game starting this June.

*This will now be a requirement in order to qualify to join my Sugar Face and Body Art team.

This is what you will gain from this experience:

1. You will get hands on learning and critique along with homework to continue growing before the season begins from Ronnie Mena and myself.
2. You will be added to my private student group on facebook where I answer questions online and hold once a month live video chats for questions.
3. You will be able to network with other artists in your area for possible job sharing.

4. You will have an opportunity to showcase your skills if you think you are ready to join
Sugar Face and Body Art. (This is not required in order to take our Sugar Skulls workshop but, for those who feel they are ready the opportunity is available.) Jobs are not guaranteed even if you do meet the qualifications but, you will remain on my roster of artists in your area to be called first if a client needs someone in your area.
If larger job opportunities arise in Los Angeles, California you may be called to join us. More info will be sent to you once you sign up for a workshop in your area.

Host city requirements:

 *In order to host a class in your city we need at least 15 students ready to sign up and no more than 20.

 *Workshops are $150 per student.

 *We need a well lit workspace with tables and chairs. Chain Restaurants are not an ideal option. Art /makeup studios, hotel meeting rooms, community center meeting rooms or homes with adequate space and lighting are recommended.

 *If you would like us to come to your city and think you have enough artists to sign up then, please email me at 

Workshops will be held from June 2017-September 2017

If you would like to sign up for a workshop be sure to visit my website at

I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tiger Makeup FOTD

 Today's Face of the day is a Tiger. I was headed to an animal themed party so, what better to go as than my spirit animal...a Tiger! Rawr!

 I used Inglot matte eyeshadows and Cameleon water activated makeup for the line work. This is a very simple and quick design that can be replicated on the job very easily that's why I chose to wear it. I always wear designs I know will be easy for me to paint again on a guest.
 Face painting doesn't always have to have a cartoony look to it. You can make it beautiful by simply finishing off the eyes and creating a beautiful flow that compliments your clients face.
I opted to add a bold lip with this look but, you could always go neutral for a more sophisticated look.
The lip color I used was Watermelon lip creme by Jouer.

I hope these inspire you to paint a beautiful, wearable design to your next gig. Tag me in your post if you do.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Mardi Gras Style Makeup

The time is upon us for Mardi Gras so, I thought I would gather up some of my past Mardi Gras style face painting designs and put them in one collection to help inspire you to create your own new masks.

This is my Stained Glass mask. I used tons of glitter and Swarovski Crystals to make it sparkle and shine. The glitter colors I used were by Sugar Glitter Beso, Calabaza, Diamantes de Fuego and Oro. This is definitely one you'd pull out for that extra special private appointment. Reduce the amount of black detail for public events and you'd still have a wow factor design.

This is a Sugar Free design. I opted for a pearl like beading around the eyes to give it an almost SugarSkull feel because as most know that's my favorite thing to paint. I used Cameleon Airline for the base and Cameleon water activated makeup for all of the details.

Airbrush face paint and makeup is great for a Mardi Gras mask that needs to last all night long. I used ProAiir hybrids for the base as well as eyeshadow and Dips for lining.

This Mardi Gras Rose Mask goes to show you that Black, White and Gray prove to be an excellent pairing for a more sophisticated crowd. I use Cameleon Colorblock in Swan to create this design.

Here is another example of how airbrush can be the answer for a beautifully blended look.The entire design was created with ProAiir hybrid makeup and the details were created with Dips by ProAiir

Here is an alternative to the full Mardi Gras style mask. It's still just as sparkly and sophisticated with a touch of glam. I used Noche glitter, Diamantes glitter and Elegante Glitter by Sugar Glitter.

I hope you have a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration wherever you are and be sure to share the wealth. Be a blessing and be blessed.

Here are some special discount codes given to me for my readers.

Special discount codes:  Sugar Glitter Sweetsugar10 save 10% off
                                        Cameleon Paint SHAWNA15 save 15% off
                                        ProAiir Delreal10 save 10% off

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Why I paint my face before a job

You can ask anyone who has ever worked with me or taken a workshop with me and they will tell you the same. I always paint my own face before a face painting gig. You may ask why I do this well, there are a couple of reasons...

A. You know who I am when I arrive to your event- I can't tell you how many times I've worked events and birthday parties where other entertainers were hired to work the same event and I couldn't tell what they came to do. It amazes me when entertainers show up in casual, everyday clothes. You should have "a look" or a uniform or a costume that defines who you are. I myself wear all black because I'm an artist (a Makeup artist to be exact) and it sets me apart from the guests at the party or event and corporate clients especially like this since brand advertising is typically a no no at corporate events. It's also clean looking and makes spills on yourself less tragic to clean up later on.

B. Everyone will want what you have on your face- It really doesn't matter what I paint on my face because I know at least half of the girls I paint that day will want what I have painted on my face because they can see how cool and sparkly it looks in real life unlike a flat photo. If I don't have many gigs that day I will paint something theme related to the event. If I have 3 or more jobs in the day I will paint something that can be used for each type of event. Typically it's an eye design or cheek art that I can paint relatively quickly as some events may have more guests than expected and you don't want to have to paint fourty 10 minutes designs. That's crazy talk .

C. Walking advertisement- In between gigs while you're getting gas or picking up a bite to eat you are literally a walking advertisement for your company. I have given out and booked so many jobs just from that. (Be sure to always carry business cards with you for this reason) People will comment on how pretty or cool my makeup is and that right there is the ice breaker and a moment to share what it is that I do for a living. I love what I do and am proud of it so why wouldn't I want to share that with the world. It really is the most fun job ever!

Here are some of my working designs:

Cal State Long Beach Basketball face painting
Zoo Party face painting

Luau Party face painting

Fairy Party face painting

Star Wars Party face painting

Adult animal themed party face painting

Elsa Party face painting
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

San Diego Workshops 2017

I'm so excited to be teaching in Beautiful San Diego. I made a trip down last year and wished I had stayed longer so this year I've decided to offer a 2 day workshop.

  Start of your two days of learning by moving through proper canvas prep. Learn basic skincare troubleshooting, Foundation matching and beauty makeup fundamentals.

Then get prepared to move onto thinking outside of the box in terms of design. We will do this through the use of powder pigments and water activated makeup products together to create soft yet impactful and creative designs sure to impress any crowd.

The following day is a continuation of day 1 however now we will get ready to sparkle and shine. In this workshop I will teach how to use traditional Beauty Makeup, Face Paint and Glitter to create beautiful glamorous looks. 
 Now that you have learned to prep your canvas we will move onto precision work. Learn the importance of color placement, layering and Glitter application throughout the day with beautiful photo worthy masks and eye looks.

 If you have never taken a workshop with me be prepared to learn tons of new information and get your hands on. You will paint and apply makeup in both classes.

You can sign up for my face paint workshops here

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Face and Body Painting Classes and Workshops

When I was in college many, MANY moons ago I was going to school to be a music teacher. It was during this time that I took a job at a Makeup counter and my life headed in another creative direction. I decided one day I would like to gain enough knowledge to help guide and teach makeup artists by becoming a Trainer for a cosmetic company. I really do love guiding and teaching people to gain new skills that will make them feel empowered and improve their ability to create and connect to their canvas..."other people".

 Through my own artistic journey over the past year I have come to a place where I needed to do something different, something outside of my artistic box and realized that if I was going through this how many other artists are going or have gone through this too and that is how my latest Creative Beauty workshop formed.

 In my latest fusion beauty (where beauty makeup meets Art and face paint) workshop I not only teach you the fundamentals of beauty but, I teach you how to think outside of your own artistic box, how to dig deeper to find something new inside that you didn't even know existed. I had 14 ladies join me in the first creative beauty workshop and ALL had breakthroughs. It was so amazing to watch and even more amazing to hear all of the positive feedback.

 I am really looking forward to taking this workshop and a few of my other skill building workshops on the road across the U.S. this year and abroad in 2018.

 A few of the cities and areas that are in the works right now are:

San Diego, California

Northern, California

The Bay Area, California

San Antonio & Dallas, Texas

Madison, Connecticut 

New Jersey

Costa Rica


The Netherlands

New Zealand

Once dates and times are confirmed they will be posted here as well as on my website and social media.

If you are interested in hosting a fusion beauty workshop in your area please email me at and don't forget to subscribe on my website to be notified when a new city is added to my calendar.

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