Looking for Halloween makeup ideas? Take cues from Philippine folklore

Looking for Halloween makeup ideas? Take cues from Philippine folklore

When the Halloween season arrives, the first question that into our head is: What or who will I be for this year’s party? The first looks we often consider are based on the most iconic characters from popular culture. On the other hand, the plethora of references based on our rich folklore are left as stories only revisited to frighten young kids.

So, for this year’s Halloween parties, why don’t you borrow the looks of the mystical creatures your grandmother once told you about? Makeup artist Slo Lopez shows us how.

Mangkukulam
Descended from the western vampire, stories of local mythology’s manananggal read far more terrifying, as this creature is known to separate at the torso, with its winged upper body hunting for victims at night. To kill a manananggal, one must sprinkle salt on its lower half while its top half is out seeking prey.

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Manananggal
These practitioners of black magic have been recognized as blasphemous in local folklore. Hired by clients seeking revenge, the mangkukulam often use dark spells, rituals, and voodoo dolls in their craft. The curse of the mangkukulam can only be healed by an albularyo, whose practices also dwell within the supernatural.

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Diwata
Described as tall, ethereal, and inhumanely beautiful, these guardians of nature are considered mostly benevolent. They are known to give gifts, blessings, and good luck to the mortals they favor. However, people must continue to be wary of them, as they have a tendency to kidnap humans they like and whisk them away from their loved ones. of nature are considered mostly benevolent. They are known to give gifts, blessings, and good luck to the mortals they favor. However, people must continue to be wary of them, as they have a tendency to kidnap humans they like and whisk them away from their loved ones.

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Sirena
Other than these vicious mermaids being recognized for their sweet, tempting voices and tendency to lure Filipino fishermen to their doom, the sirena is labeled a specific type of engkanto who lives in the sea. Pangasinan folklore calls them warriors who worshipped the sun god Apolaki.

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Words by Denise Fernandez
Photography by Paolo Crodua
Makeup by Slo Lopez
Modeled by Anna Buquid

This story was originally published in our 4th Anniversary issue and has been edited for web. The digital copy of Scout’s 31st issue is accessible here.

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