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Day of the Dead face painting ideas, from La Catrina to butterflies to spider webs

Story by Dina Kaur, Arizona Republic

The Day of the Dead — Dia de los Muertos — is celebrated every Nov. 1 and 2 as a way to honor and remember friends and family members who have passed on. The observance is typically happy, with vibrant colors, as people appreciate their loved ones and acknowledge death as a part of life.

Noemi Ayala-Antonsen, who owns A Sweet Party — a party and decorating service based in Avondale — has been painting faces and decorating balloons as part of her business since 2003.

Born in Mexico City and raised in Guadalajara, Ayala-Antonsen grew up celebrating Day of the Dead with dishes her grandma cooked, like pan de muerto and tamales. The family always set up an ofrenda, or altar, honoring their ancestors.

Ayala-Antonsen has painted thousands of faces for Day of the Dead. She offers these tips on how you to paint your face at home.

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