Body painting is a form of body art where
artwork is painted directly onto the human skin. Unlike tattoos and other forms of body art,
body painting is temporary, lasting several hours or sometimes up to a few weeks (in the
case of mehndi or “henna tattoos” about two weeks). Body painting that is limited to the face
is known as “face painting”. Body painting is also referred to as (a form
of) “temporary tattoo”. Large scale or full-body painting is more
commonly referred to as body painting, while smaller or more detailed work can sometimes
be referred to as temporary tattoos.