Temporary tattoos are a fun addition to anyone’s style and there are so many cool designs out there, but there’s nothing worse than when you put them on and they turn out not quite as you envisioned or start to look a little sad after just a few hours. I’ve tested my fair share of temporary tattoos over the past year, so I put together some tips on how to get the most out of them. This list covers everything from smooth application and removal, to ways to keep them looking their best.
- To increase the lifespan of your tattoo, apply it to an area that:
- does not bend or stretch much
- has minimal body hair (shave the area beforehand if necessary)
- will not rub against clothing
Apply to clean and dry skin
- Skin should be dry and free of makeup, lotion, etc. This will help the tattoo stick to your skin properly.
- Before applying, wipe down the area with rubbing alcohol (or water if you’re lazy- it’s better than nothing!)
Cut the design out
- For a cleaner look, cut out the design as closely as possible.
- Temporary tattoos usually have adhesive on the white space around the design as well. That means it will look shiny on your skin.
Press down firmly
- When applying the tattoo, press it firmly against your skin and avoid creating air bubbles. Don’t forget the edges!
- Try not to pick it up and reposition it after removing the clear plastic layer. This might cause it to not stick to your skin as well.
- When it comes to putting on your tattoo, wetter is better. If the tattoo is not wet enough, you run the risk of not transferring the entire design.
- Dab the entire tattoo (including the edges) with a wet towel or sponge until slightly transparent (you’ll be able to see the design through the back of the tattoo).
- Try to keep the tattoo as still as possible while doing this. if it slides around too much the design might tear.
- After the tattoo is completely wet, wait 30 seconds before peeling off the backing paper, no need to rush!
Lock it in with lotion
- After your new tattoo is dry, apply a small amount of lotion onto the area. This can prevent the design from cracking and increase its lifespan.
- Some temporary tattoos can feel sticky after they’re applied. Dust the area with baby powder or translucent make up powder to get rid of any stickiness. You can do this as often as needed, it will keep the tattoo from getting dirty and keep it looking fresher longer.
- Temporary tattoos are waterproof and sweat-proof, but avoid scrubbing the area or rubbing it against clothing, towels, etc.
- If the tattoo gets wet, pat it dry rather than wiping/scrubbing.
- Temporary tattoos can be removed with:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baby oil
- Make up remover
- temporary tattoo removal wipes
- I use cotton balls soaked with baby oil and coconut oil to remove mine.
- To get rid of small bits of the tattoo that just don’t want to come off, dab them a few times with the sticky side of household tape.