I used a nice butterscotch brown acrylic paint and painted the entire front and back of my bears.
Then add in pink for ears and hands and feet. Paint in white for the eyes.
Finish the eyes with blue and paint in the facial features with black. The bows on the two girl bears are painted red and green.
The next step (and most important) is to give them several coats of clear, non yellowing varnish. Be sure to turn them upside down and get the bottom also. The nature of bread dough is that like any natural substance, it can have the tendancy to deteriorate. Particularly if you live in a humid environment.
If you protect it with several coats of clear coat, you will not be disappointed a year or so later when it becomes a pile of flour dust. Just saying. (For storage, I suggest placing them in a ziplock bag. It will protect them from any humidity while in storage for next Christmas).