How to Body Paint a Skeleton

A skeleton drawn onto the body is an unusual costume that can be used for a play, costume party or Halloween. Using paint rather than wearing a fabric costume gives a slightly more realistic appearance. This design usually works better with men than women due to body shape. Wear tight black clothing, such as a black body suit and tights, for modesty and warmth. It is nearly impossible to paint this design onto oneself, so the wearer will need an assistant.

Tuck the model's hair into the skullcap. He should be wearing the body suit and tights.

Paint all exposed skin on the body black, using black body paint. Use a make-up sponge to apply the paint evenly. Paint the head and face with white paint.

Paint the outline of the arm bones and leg bones onto the arms and legs with white fabric paint. Remember that the lower legs and forearms have two bones and the upper arm and thigh have one bone. Don't forget to paint the front and back of the body.

Paint on the hands, feet, fingers and toes with white body paint.

Paint the pelvic bones with white fabric paint. Draw in ribs and shoulder bones as well.

Use black paint to make the skull details. Paint black circles around the eyes, nose and ears. Outline the mouth with black paint. Draw in lines to divide the mouth outline to simulate teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Assistant
  • Skullcap
  • Underwear
  • Black body paint
  • Make-up sponges
  • White body paint
  • White fabric paint
  • Black body suit
  • Black tights
  • Body suit and tights
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.