Temporary tattoo : How to do it at home

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You’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for a long time, but you’ve never dared to take the plunge. You are afraid of making a mistake with the design or of getting bored. We have the solution: the ephemeral tattoo ( temporary tattoo ) is the trendy accessory of the 2022 … and it is especially without commitment!

Are you Hesitant ?

Getting a tattoo is a decision to think about. Indeed, the symbol that we choose will be inscribed on our body for life. It is therefore not always easy to decide. Fortunately, the most hesitant now have an alternative: the temporary tattoo ! Ultra-hip, with a unique style, whether black, gold or colored, the temporary tattoo is undoubtedly a great fashion and beauty trend, in addition to having many advantages.

Try a temporary tattoo to see if you’re ready for a real one. Draw your tattoo design, then use plain paper or tracing paper to transfer it to your skin. Color it with eyeliner or markers and seal it with baby powder and hairspray or a liquid bandage. If you want it to look more professional, opt for tattoo transfer paper instead!

Start Designing the tattoo !

1. Get inspiration from other people’s tattoos.

You can take inspiration from the tattoos that celebrities you like have. If one of your friends has tattoos that you think are pretty , do an internet search for similar tattoos. Understand the tattoo culture so you have an idea of what might work for you. Visit tattoo blogs and follow its fans on social networks.

  • Check out tattoo artists’ galleries online or visit local tattoo parlors and ask to see their work. Seeing the work of a professional can inspire you to create something special yourself .
  • Some of the most famous tattoo artists include Chen Jie, Paco Dietz, Mo Ganji and Kaiyu Huang. You can also get inspiration from artists such as Lucy Hale, who specializes in temporary watercolor tattoos .
  • Different tattoo styles include black-and-gray, illustration, realism, traditional Japanese and traditional American .
  • The most popular tattoos include tribal designs, semicolons, flowers and arrows .

2. Get inspiration from other people’s tattoos.

 Think of something visual that relates to an important phase or event in your life. Other great sources of inspiration can be images that remind you of your friends or family. Think of metaphors you can use that correspond to events in your life .

  • For example, if your favorite author is Jean de La Fontaine, you can get a raven tattoo to represent your great admiration for his work.
  • You can also choose your mother’s name as the design for your temporary tattoo.

3. Start with something simple if you are debutant.

 Creating a simple design will help you get used to drawing. Try creating simple geometric shapes such as triangles and squares, before moving on to more complex and detailed designs . Other simple designs include a musical note, a word or phrase, a star, or a puzzle piece .

4. Sketch your temporary tattoo ideas.

Use a sketchbook and pen to transfer your different ideas to paper. Try to visualize what your temporary tattoo should look like, then draw it on a piece of plain paper. If you make a mistake, try again. The goal is not to make a perfect drawing, but to explore the different shapes, figures and ideas you can use for the temporary tattoo.

5. Draw the outline of the tattoo first.

Don’t get carried away at first with the details orthe hatchings. Start by drawing the outer outline of the image before moving on to the more complex parts. Try to draw continuous, consistent lines and avoid making stripes on the image.

6. Add smaller details and colors.

Once you’ve drawn the outline, you can start adding the smaller details. Go through the image and color in the smallest details. When you are satisfied with your design, you can apply the temporary tattoo to your skin.

Use markers that have a finer tip to draw the small details.

Use paper to sketch the temporary tattoo on your skin :

tattoo on skin

1. Draw the picture on tracing paper to make the process easier.

This is a thin material that you can see through. Use a pencil to trace the design while making thick, dark lines. They must be thick or they will not show up well on your skin .

Be aware that the design will change as you transfer it to your skin. If necessary, draw it on one side, then turn the paper over to do the same on the other side. You will apply the side that is upside down to the skin, which will then make the design appear the right way around.

2. Use printing paper if you do not have tracing paper.

You can use regular paper, but you won’t be able to see well through it. Try tracing the design gently onto a light surface, such as a tablet screen. To transfer it to the other side so that the pattern is reversed, rub the pencil back and forth on another piece of paper until you get a block of pigment.

Place the design on it with the right side facing up. Trace the design with a pencil or pen while applying pressure, then turn it over. You will get a light sketch, produced by the scribbles you made .

Do more tracing with the pencil or even a pen to make the design darker before trying to apply it to the skin.

3. Clean your skin with isopropyl alcohol.

This substance will help the pencil adhere to the skin. Rub it up and down where you want the tattoo. Also, make sure your skin is still slightly damp (with alcohol) while you apply the paper on it . Put some alcohol on your skin and rub it with a cotton ball.

4. Press the paper onto the skin.

Apply a damp cloth to the paper and press it against your skin for a few seconds. Gently lift a piece of paper to see if the outline of your design has transferred to your skin. If not, hold it in place for a few more seconds. Remove the paper when you have the outline .

You now have a tattoo that you can draw.

Drawing with a marker and hairspray      

marker and hairspray 


1. First try using the marker on your skin.

You can use any permanent marker, but remember that some are not meant to be used on the skin. Therefore, you should always try the marker on a small area of the skin first. That way, if an allergy occurs, you will know not to use that marker .

  • For example, try applying a little bit of the marker to the inside of your elbow to see if it will produce any allergies.
  • The best option is to get a temporary tattoo pen, which is available on the internet.

2. Draw the outline with a fine marker.

Use a fine point pen to outline your design. This way, you can accurately draw small details that larger markers won’t allow you to do. Draw freehand or trace with a pencil over the design you have transferred to your skin .

3. Fill in the larger areas with a broad-tip marker.

Once the sketch is in place, you can save some time by using a broad-tip marker. Such a marker allows you to cover larger areas of skin .

If you prefer, you can fill in the lines with different colors, as if it were a coloring book.

4. Rub the baby powder over the design.

Sprinkle the powder over the entire design until it is covered. Rub it in gently with your fingertips. After the design is well covered, gently shake your hand and use a brush to remove excess powder .

  • The talcum powder helps set the design.
  • You can also apply a layer of talcum powder, then ink and so on until you have a compact tattoo.

5. Spray the temporary tattoo with hairspray.

Hold the hairspray at a distance of about 15 cm from the tattoo. Spray a solid layer of hairspray on the tattoo in a back and forth motion. Be sure to cover the entire design and create a thick layer . Then air dry the tattoo .

Use eyeliner and liquid bandage

eyeliner and liquid bandage

1. Draw the temporary tattoo with the eyeliner.

Start by drawing the outline of the tattoo so you know where the edges are. To do this, use a fine-tipped eyeliner. Once the outline is drawn, color the tattoo with a broad-tip eyeliner in case you have one . Do the drawing freehand or trace the outline of the sketch you created with the paper.

2. Apply talcum powder to the tattoo.

Apply the powder all over the tattoo until it is well covered. Use your fingers to gently rub it over the design, making sure to cover the entire area . The talc will help keep the tattoo in place.

3. Spray a liquid bandage on the tattoo.

Do this while making sure to cover the entire area, as the tattoo will not stay in place for long without the liquid bandage. Let it dry completely before trying to clean it .

  • This product is available at grocery stores or in the bandage section of drug stores.
  • The liquid dressing makes the tattoo waterproof.

Using tattoo transfer paper

1. Upload the design to a temporary tattoo site.

This way you can get a professional impression. You can create your own design and upload the image to many temporary tattoo sites. Then, purchase this tattoo from the company and they will mail it to you .

These temporary tattoos work just like the ones you had in your Halloween bucket as a kid!

2. Print the temporary tattoos with an inkjet printer.

Buy tattoo transfer paper online or at department stores. Design your own tattoo or upload the image you want to use. Turn the image over before printing, as it will change direction again when you place it on your skin . Any inkjet printer will work for this project.

3. Draw on temporary tattoo paper to make a simple project.

Buy tattoo transfer paper intended for printing and drawing. Use pens or permanent markers to make the tattoo, while making sure to do it backwards. If you use words for your design, you should write them backwards so that you can read them later on the skin without problems .

4. Cut out the tattoo.

Place a plastic film over the transfer paper, which will make it easier to cut. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the tattoo. You may want to leave some space around the edges to make these areas transparent . Some tattoo transfer papers are designed to be machine cut. Get the appropriate machine for your project, such as the Cricut or Silhouette brand.

5. Apply the temporary tattoo to the skin.

Remove the plastic film from the back of the paper and press the tattoo onto the skin. Then, apply a wet towel strongly on it until it is completely wet and hold the cloth on the spot for about thirty seconds. Peel off the paper and you will see the tattoo appear on your skin .

If the tattoo seems to be sticking to the paper, reapply it and add a little more water.

Tips Four your temporary tattoo :

  • Place the tattoo in a place where you can easily draw it. For example, if you are right-handed, you may not want to place the tattoo on the inside of the wrist of your right hand.
  • While these techniques may help your tattoo stay in place, be aware that this is temporary. Don’t rub it hard when you wash and don’t use products containing acetone or alcohol on the area, or the tattoo may fade.
  • Another option would be to have a henna artist do the tattoo for you. Temporary henna tattoos do stain the skin, but they are a bit more durable.
  • Keep your tattoo beautifull and vibrant.

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