Temporary tattoos are non-permanent tattoos that look exactly like permanent tattoos.They can be used simply to try how a real tattoo design would look like on skin, or for a party or simply just for fun. These tattoos can be drawn, airbrushed, or painted, and they can also be simply transferred to skin. Modern temporary tattoos made up of ink and glue tend to last pretty longer than the older ones. They can last up to 3-4 days unless removed deliberately. It is a great way to sport a tattoo without going under immense pain of a permanent one. Temporary tattoos are affordable and can be removed whenever you want to unlike permanent ones that stay for a lifetime and have expensive removal techniques.
Complexity level: Basic
Time required: 15-30 minutes
Estimated cost: $5-$10
- Temporary tattoo
- Mild soap
- Alcohol-based deodorant
- Cotton ball
- Tattoo paper
1. Purchase a temporary tattoo
The first step is to purchase a temporary tattoo as per your liking. Go for a unique design keeping in mind your personality. You can even get a temporary tattoo with your name’s initials or anyone else’s if you like. There is a huge variety to choose from; in the end its your call you can settle for a simple design or an intricate one. You can also make this purchase online from any good website.
2. Clean the tattoo area
Now that you have a temporary tattoo that you want to transfer to your skin you must first clean the area with soap and water. Dry this area completely with a towel, and do not apply any body product over this area. You can also exfoliate and shave this area before applying the tattoo.
3. Place the tattoo
You can now simply transfer the tattoo to your skin. For this first you will have to apply a little alcohol on the skin and place the temporary tattoo on that area. Use alcohol to wet the back of the temporary tattoo; you could use a ball of cotton soaked in alcohol for this. Keep this on skin for several minutes so that the tattoo gets transferred completely.
4. Remove the back paper
Gently peel back the corner of the paper to check if the tattoo is completely transferred. Give it some more time if the transfer is not complete, else simply remove the paper gently. Remove excess moisture by blotting the tattoo. Your tattoo is finally done, and you can now flaunt it.
Frequently asked questions:
How can I make temporary tattoo last long?
You can make your tattoo last long by simply not washing the area too frequently. You can also apply petroleum jelly on the tattoo to prevent any contact with water.
How to remove a temporary tattoo?
You can easily remove a temporary tattoo by applying some cooking oil like olive oil on it; grab a towel and rub this vigorously till the entire tattoo is removed. Do not use alcohol or nail paint remover for removing tattoo as they might burn the skin due to rubbing. You could also apply scotch tape over the tattoo and simply rip it off.
- You could also create your own tattoo design by simply making a design on your computer and printing it on a tattoo paper, which you will have to purchase.
- Choose a non-toxic temporary tattoo.
- Do not settle for cheap tattoos as they can harm the skin on which you will apply them.
- Apply some baby powder on the tattoo so that it absorbs all the skin’s oil and let the tattoo stay for long.
Things to watch out for:
- Do remove the tattoo when it begins to fade as it looks hideous in that situation.
- Do not rub the skin too much when you are removing the tattoo.
- Do not apply it too frequently.