Themed holidays often end up being a tad more stressful than what we would expect them to be the second we come across the “what to wear” question. We want to look in-theme and en vogue without coming off as overdressed. Cinco de Mayo is no exception. It is a chance for Mexicans and Mexican Americans to honor their ethnicity. This celebration doesn’t take place to validate the existence of Taco Tuesday, but as a commemoration primarily in the state of Puebla of the day when the Mexican army surprisingly defeated the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Mexican culture is distinguished by it’s joyful and colorful traditions. Hand embroidered blouses, flowing skirts and tons of colors are basic to celebrate this holiday. What better way to wear them in a sophisticated way than on the lips?
1. Sangre de mi Sangre
The mexican flag has 3 colors: Emerald green stands for hope. White represents unity. And red portrays the blood shed by the revolutionary heroes that fought for independence. For this reason, ruby red is the perfect tone to evoke the patriotic sentiment.
In the center of the flag is an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a snake which recalls an ancient Aztec legend about the foundation of the city.
GET THE LOOK:
NOB HILL RED + BING CHERRY + RED FANTASY
Create the perfect blend of Nob Hill Red and Red Fantasy before slowly incorporating Bing Cherry. You do not want the color to become more purple then red.
2. Rosa Mexicano
Magenta is better known as “Rosa Mexicano” or mexican pink in most hispanic countries.
Most celebrations are filled with this color present in clothing, flowers, ribbons and decorative paper. It is even the usual color of sweets because it is so vibrant and appealing. Most respected architects such as Barragán, famous worldwide for his use of color and dimensions, have found inspiration in it. Even Frida Kahlo painted her house a la rosa mexicana.
GET THE LOOK:
MAGENTA POP + PINK PIZZAZZ + CRANBERRY
This color is incredibly simple to create -- equal parts Magenta Pop, Pink Pizzazz and Cranberry.
Orange is another color extremely present in the mexican culture. We can find it in most celebrations, especially in Dia de Muertos where purple and orange clash representing the dramatic unity of bright life and dark death. The cempazúchitl flowers blooms mid-october beginning of november to welcome such festivities painting the region in marvellous shades of this luminous color.
GET THE LOOK:
TEQUILA SUNRISE + ORANGE SORBET
This color is interesting because it uses Orange Sorbet as the base. Start with Orange Sorbet and generously add Tequila Sunrise to intensify the orange color.
Roberta Woodworth Poncesanchez, Contributing Editor