Whilepermanent tattoos are possibly at the height of their popularity andare more widely accepted than ever before, temporary tattoos aren’tgoing away. If anything they’re growing in their popularity. Thesedays temporary tattoos aren’t made to convince anyone or to lookbadass, they’re more of a fun accessory for an event, a way to tryout a design before committing to a real tattoo, or just somethingfun to do for a photoshoot.
How To Make Temporary Tattoos
Manycompanies make temporary tattoos and many designs are availableonline. There are even different varieties of temporary tattoos.There are the classic transferable ones, there are temporary hennatattoos and you can always just make your own with household itemslike eyeliner, some glitter or sharpies.
How To Remove Temporary Tattoos
Mosttemporary tattoos are pretty easy to remove. If you just drew it onwith eyeliner – eye makeup remover will take it off. If it’s theclassic transfer tattoo you can just rub it off with soap and wateror use a body scrub, it can also be removed with scotch tape, makeupremover, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Rubbing it with oilor cold cream and leaving it for a while before scrubbing it off willwork too. However, if you get temporary henna tattoos or use asharpie you’ll have to wait longer for it to wash off, but eitherway, it should be gone within a couple of weeks.
Custom Temporary Tattoos
Somewebsites provide custom temporary tattoo design, but also you can doit on your own. All you really need is an idea and the ability todraw and design. From that point on you have two options: you caneither print it onto water slide paper – therefore creating yourown transfer tattoo or you can use henna, markers or eyeliner to drawon yourself.
DIY Temporary Tattoos
DIYtemporary tattoos are the ones you can make at home. Usually, theyinvolve just drawing the design on your skin with a sharpie oreyeliner and using hairspray as a protective layer that will stop thetattoo from smudging. These generally last a day or two and don’tlook extremely realistic.
Long Lasting Temporary Tattoos
Ifyou want a long-lasting yet temporary tattoo henna is the way to go.You can find an artist who uses henna and commission them to give youa henna tattoo. Alternatively, there are companies that providestencils and henna dies that you can use on your own to give yourselfa beautiful and long-lasting yet temporary tattoos. Henna tattoosgenerally last for about 2 to 3 weeks and fade gradually.
Realistic Temporary Tattoos
Ifrealistic temporary tattoos are what you’re after it’s best tofind a tattoo artist that also does temporary tattoos with temporaryink or uses henna do draw beautiful and realistic tattoos that willlast you at least a couple of weeks. Body painting artist is anoption too, but that’s an only viable option for a festival or aphotoshoot as it will smudge easily.
Temporary Sleeve Tattoos
Thereis such a thing as temporary sleeve tattoos. You can get sleeve sizedtransfer tattoos, but you have to be really careful with applyingthem since the area is much bigger and therefore it’s much easierto miss a spot when transferring. It’s also important to rememberthat since the transfer tattoo is essentially a thin film on top ofyour skin it will damage and wrinkle faster in the areas that move alot like elbows and wrists, where the skin stretches and moves a lot.
Temporary Face Tattoos
Mosttransfer tattoos can be used on your face, but if you have sensitiveskin it’s always best to check with the manufacturer. There arecertain transfer tattoos that are made specifically to be used on theface too.
How Long Do Temporary Tattoos Last
Transfer tattoos last up to 3 days, but they tend to disintegrate when they come in contact with water, soap or oil. So if you shower or sweat or swim they will rub off sooner. Temporary henna tattoos tend to last up to a month depending on how often you wash the area.