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How to Paint Your Pregnant Belly

Turn your blank baby bump into a work of art while celebrating your impending bundle of joy with creativity.


  • : Do not use acrylic, latex, or any other paints not approved for use on the skin.
  • Step 1: Select your design Decide on a picture or theme that will conform to a curved canvas, or use free form.
  • Step 2: Get a face painting kit Get a face-painting kit that includes the colors for your design.
  • TIP: Even though face paint is gentle and shouldn't stain, test a small patch of skin for allergies.
  • Step 3: Wash and prep the area Wash your belly to remove excess oil or dirt. Wear washable clothing that you don't mind staining, and use a drop cloth.
  • Step 4: Find a comfortable position Find a comfortable position you can remain in, including seated or reclining, until the paint has dried.
  • Step 5: Paint your design Paint your design using a soft brush and sponge. You may need some help from a friend to reach all areas of your bump.
  • TIP: Use an eyeliner pencil to outline your design and for any detail work.
  • Step 6: Remove the paint Remove the paint using cold cream or simple soap and water. A faint shadow may remain for several days.
  • FACT: More than 25 percent of the 4.3 million babies born each year are to women having their third or fourth child.

You Will Need

  • A face paint set
  • A drop cloth
  • A soft brush
  • A small paint sponge
  • A friend
  • An eyeliner pencil (optional)
  • Cold cream (optional)

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