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Oaxaca Day Of The Dead – Makeup & Professional Photoshoot Experience

Fully immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead, Oaxaca

This Experience is 1 Day ex Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Dates to choose from: October 31st & November 1st, 2024 

Each date’s bookings: Min 10 – Max 27 (if minimum numbers are not met, the experiences will be canceled/refunded)

At Where Sidewalks End (WSE Travel), we believe in the profound power of cultural immersion and respect for traditions. Our Day of the Dead Makeup and Professional Photo Experience is designed not just as a tourist activity, but as a respectful and authentic engagement with the rich traditions of Oaxaca. This experience embodies our commitment to honoring local customs while offering an unforgettable journey into the heart of Oaxacan culture.

Our service is rooted in a deep respect for local culture, with makeup sessions designed and conducted by local artists. These experts bring not only their artistic skills but also a profound understanding of the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead. In line with our ethos of empowering local communities, these sessions are crafted by locals who offer an insider’s view into their culture, presented in a way that is authentic to them. The makeup applied is not only beautiful but also done in a way that respects and celebrates the local traditions and beliefs.

Join the traditions: Our tour includes a 30-minute professional makeup session, where guests can choose from a range of traditional Day of the Dead designs. Understanding the importance of time and quality, these sessions are crafted to be both efficient and deeply transformative. Following the makeup application, guests will have a professional photo session, capturing their adorned selves in five high-quality photos, which will be edited and sent post-experience. This package is available for groups of up to three, with the option for larger groups to book multiple time slots.

By participating in this experience, guests not only walk away with a physical transformation but also with a deeper connection to Oaxacan culture and a set of stunning photographs to cherish forever.

*Space is limited! – This is an exclusive event in Oaxaca and only happens once a year. Thousands of other people will be in Oaxaca for the festivities – hotels in the area sell out quickly! Try to reserve as early as possible (6+ months in advance is suggested).

Immerse yourself further in the vibrant traditions of Oaxaca with our Day of the Dead Event, where you’ll delve into historical insights, partake in the sacred art of altar building, and experience the solemn beauty of a nearby pantheon – a perfect complement to your marigold field journey. Book your Day of the Dead Experience here!

Are you a solo female traveler or traveling with a group of women and want to join an event made especially for you? Check out our women-only Day of the Dead Experience

Will you be staying for the whole week of the Day of the Dead and want to experience more of the culture and celebrations? Explore our Day of the Dead tours to find more Dia de los Muertos-themed tours and events.

Want to learn more about Dia de los Muertos? Check out our extensive Oaxaca Day of the Dead travel guide for tips, history, and more!


Early-bird tickets are $108 USD  (only until April 30, 2024)
Regular tickets are $120 USD
Inclusions are listed below.


Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Experience – Traditional Makeup and Professional Photoshoot Experience

Connection with the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca through traditional style Facepaint and Professional Photos!


Item Details
Meeting Point Central Meeting Point, in Oaxaca City – to be emailed before the event.
End Point Central End Point in Oaxaca City – same as the meeting point.
Duration Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
Physical Level Low – This experience involves minimal walking, approximately 10 minutes
Cultural Rating Low – engaging with locals, with a little history and interaction.
Ages 18+ (minors to be accompanied by adults/guardians)
Group Size Public – Min 10, Max 27 per day


Itinerary for the Oaxaca Day of the Dead – Facepaint and Photo Experience

Each of these events is an individual half-day event – you may buy multiple if you wish to have professional face paint done on multiple days.

Embark on a captivating journey that blends art, tradition, and self-expression with our exclusive “Oaxaca Day of the Dead Makeup and Professional Photo Experience.” This unique offering is a profound way to connect with Oaxaca’s vibrant cultural heritage during the enchanting Muertos celebration.

Immersive Makeup Session: Dive into the spirit of the Day of the Dead as you undergo a transformation by professional artists skilled in the traditional Day of the Dead makeup, including the iconic Catrina/Catrine candy-skull designs. Our makeup artists honor the solemnity of the occasion, ensuring that each design is not only stunning but also pays respectful homage to the local traditions.

Personalized Choices: Guests have the opportunity to influence their look with the guidance of a makeup book. Select a design that resonates with your spirit while embracing the essence of the celebration. Each makeup session is a 30-minute immersive experience, ensuring professionalism and quality within a concise timeframe.

Preparation Tips: To enhance your experience, we recommend donning your costume elements, such as traditional dresses, in advance. Due to the intricacies of the makeup, changing post-application may prove challenging. Complement your look with additional accessories like headdresses and gems, available for purchase at the makeup studio, to add an extra layer of authenticity and glamour to your ensemble.

Professional Photography Session: Post makeup, you’ll step into a world of professional photography where a skilled photographer captures the essence of your transformation. This session includes five high-quality photos, which will be meticulously edited and sent to you within three weeks, providing a lasting memory of your unique experience in Oaxaca.

Group Bookings: Each session can accommodate up to three guests for makeup application simultaneously. For larger groups, you will need to book multiple time slots separately to ensure everyone in your party can partake in this extraordinary experience.

Join the Experience: Whether as a standalone adventure or as a prelude to one of our renowned Day of the Dead events, this experience offers an intimate glimpse into Oaxaca’s rich cultural tapestry. Engage in a tradition that transcends time, and carry with you memories captured not just in photos but also in the heart of your Oaxacan journey.

Booking Information:

Spots fill up fast! To book your spot on this picturesque journey, make your reservation on our website today!


Please note: There is no Dress Code! If you wish to visit cemeteries after or attend one of our Day of the Dead Events, dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – and costumes can be acceptable, as long as done respectfully (no sexy nurse or soldier outfits please, only traditional Day of the Dead make-up, if you choose to). It is recommended to bring comfortable clothes, which are modest or tied to the theme of what we will be doing.

As this is a scheduled session experience, we will be attempting to have appointments start as close to the scheduled time as possible. The makeup appointments may be delayed for factors outside our control, so please do plan to stay for extra time at the restaurant and with the artists & photographer. Missed tours (no-shows) are not refundable.

What to bring to the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Facepaint & Photo Experience?

Oaxaca generally has hot days and fairly cool nights at this time of the year. It is not uncommon to get some rain as well.
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Long sleeves
– Dresses are ok too – many choose to dress in local textiles during this event
– Cash. should you choose to buy any additional costume elements (such as a flower crown), food, drinks, flowers, or souvenirs while at the studio.  Also, ensuring you have enough for a taxi back to your hotel, or on to the next party/event after is always a good idea. Only bring enough cash for what you think you will need, and leave the rest in your hotel room’s safe.

What is included with the Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Makeup Experience?

Your Makeup and Photo experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– specially trained Oaxacan English-speaking hosts who will facilitate your experience (makeup and photos)
– Day of the Dead face-painting
– professional photos (to be emailed to you after editing is done by the photographer – approximately 3-4 weeks after the event)
– a welcome drink (coffee/tea/juice/beer).

What is not included when on your Day Of The Dead Experience?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (to the meeting point, and back from the endpoint – both inside Oaxaca’s city center)
– Accommodations in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional drinks or food

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.

Cancellations & Rebooking

All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modeled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.

Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of making your reservation.

Should you give us more than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in a “safety deposit box” (a lifetime deposit), to be used for a future travel date, either by you or to be transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is canceled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.

Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, your booking will be subject to a full loss of deposit. We try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your experience. To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations will be subject to a loss of the ticket. If you can find someone to buy your ticket for you, transfers are available, at the face value of the ticket (no increase in price will be permitted).

This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance which will be able to reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.


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