Temporary Tattoo Kinds and How Do They Differ



While permanent tattoos are possibly at the height of their popularity and are more widely accepted than ever before, temporary tattoos aren’t going away. If anything they’re growing in their popularity. These days temporary tattoos aren’t made to convince anyone or to look badass, they’re more of a fun accessory for an event, a way to try out a design before committing to a real tattoo, or just something fun to do for a photoshoot.

How To Make Temporary Tattoos

Many companies make temporary tattoos and many designs are available online. There are even different varieties of temporary tattoos. There are the classic transferable ones, there are temporary henna tattoos and you can always just make your own with household items like eyeliner, some glitter or sharpies.

How To Remove Temporary Tattoos

Most temporary tattoos are pretty easy to remove. If you just drew it on with eyeliner – eye makeup remover will take it off. If it’s the classic transfer tattoo you can just rub it off with soap and water or use a body scrub, it can also be removed with scotch tape, makeup remover, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Rubbing it with oil or cold cream and leaving it for a while before scrubbing it off will work too. However, if you get temporary henna tattoos or use a sharpie you’ll have to wait longer for it to wash off, but either way, it should be gone within a couple of weeks.

Custom Temporary Tattoos

Some websites provide custom temporary tattoo design, but also you can do it on your own. All you really need is an idea and the ability to draw and design. From that point on you have two options: you can either print it onto water slide paper – therefore creating your own transfer tattoo or you can use henna, markers or eyeliner to draw on yourself.

DIY Temporary Tattoos

DIY temporary tattoos are the ones you can make at home. Usually, they involve just drawing the design on your skin with a sharpie or eyeliner and using hairspray as a protective layer that will stop the tattoo from smudging. These generally last a day or two and don’t look extremely realistic.

Long Lasting Temporary Tattoos

If you 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 you a henna tattoo. Alternatively, there are companies that provide stencils and henna dies that you can use on your own to give yourself a beautiful and long-lasting yet temporary tattoos. Henna tattoos generally last for about 2 to 3 weeks and fade gradually.

Realistic Temporary Tattoos

If realistic temporary tattoos are what you’re after it’s best to find a tattoo artist that also does temporary tattoos with temporary ink or uses henna do draw beautiful and realistic tattoos that will last you at least a couple of weeks. Body painting artist is an option too, but that’s an only viable option for a festival or a photoshoot as it will smudge easily.

Temporary Sleeve Tattoos

There is such a thing as temporary sleeve tattoos. You can get sleeve sized transfer tattoos, but you have to be really careful with applying them since the area is much bigger and therefore it’s much easier to miss a spot when transferring. It’s also important to remember that since the transfer tattoo is essentially a thin film on top of your skin it will damage and wrinkle faster in the areas that move a lot like elbows and wrists, where the skin stretches and moves a lot.

Temporary Face Tattoos

Most transfer tattoos can be used on your face, but if you have sensitive skin it’s always best to check with the manufacturer. There are certain transfer tattoos that are made specifically to be used on the face 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.