Temporary Tattoos

 Temporary Tattoos
Temporary Tattoos

No need to risk infection from a dirty needle or needing to painfully remove unwanted tattoos now that temporary tattoos are an option. Temporary tattoos are non-permanent images on the skin that look like real tattoos. They can be drawn, painted, or airbrushed. Like any type of cosmetic you apply to your skin there can be side effects like minor skin irritation, including redness and swelling. There are 4 types of temporary tattoos to choose from: decal, metallic, air brush and henna.


1) Decal-style
Decal (press-on) temporary tattoos are pressed on firmly on clean, dry skin with design facing down. Generally these tattoos come off easily and are available in vivid or delicate designs.

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2) Metallic Jewelry
Foil temporary tattoos are a variation of decal-style temporary tattoos. They are printed using foil stamping. The foil design is printed as a mirror image of in order to be viewed in the right direction once it is applied to the skin. Metallic tattoos are protected by a transparent protective film.

Temporary Tattoos3) Air Brush
Air brush temporary tattoos are less likely to achieve the look of a real tattoo and may not last as long as press-on temporary tattoos. An artist sprays on airbrush tattoos using a stencil. Air brush temporary tattoos are easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

4) Henna
Henna is a plant-derived substance which is painted on the skin, staining it a reddish-orange-to-brown color, generally contain no additives. Be sure that hennas are pure. Allergic reactions to natural henna are very rare. Serious problems can occur from the use of henna with certain additives. Black henna or pre-mixed henna temporary tattoos may be harmful.

Wear temporary tattoos like jewelry. You can wear several bands on your wrist as bracelets (pictured above) or on your fingers as rings. Try mixing them with your regular jewelry pieces for a chic look.

Check out the FDA  (Food & Drug Administration) website for safety information regarding temporary tattoos.