It takes a lot of dedication to get a tattoo. Temporary tattoos are an easy fix if you’re not quite ready to commit to a permanent design on your body. They’re the ideal technique for beauty enthusiasts of all ages to display some artwork on their skin, so they’re not just for your pre-teen self. 

Additionally, they can just include a fun choice for self-expression in more recent, adult-friendly editions. If you want to give your beauty look a unique touch, keep reading to find out below how to apply and remove temporary tattoos.

How To Apply Temporary Tattoos

Step 1: Select the Area for Your Tattoo

This next step is quite crucial. The temporary tattoo placement must be carefully considered, especially if you plan to get a permanent tattoo there later. So, after choosing an appropriate spot on your body (whether visible or not), take into account the temporary tattoo’s size and type.

Now, what we would advise is to stay away from applying temporary tattoos to areas of the body that are too exposed to various surfaces, textures, and liquids, such as the hands, feet, and fingers. An already transient tattoo’s lifespan will be shortened by this.

The greatest places for tattoos are on the forearm, upper arm, shoulder, or other areas that won’t brush against objects during normal movement and activity.

Step 2: Clean Your Skin

Clean Your Skin

The designated tattoo area must be thoroughly cleaned and dried. People also do this when they wish to get a legitimate tattoo. The temporary tattoo will adhere to the skin more effectively and remain in place longer if it is applied to dry, clean skin.

Additionally, the majority of temporary tattoos use water-based ink, which means that they won’t adhere to skin that is greasy or perspires a lot.

We advise you to wash the region with lukewarm water and soap. Use a paper or cotton towel to pat dry the skin after removing the soap. Allow it to air dry for a short while as well.

Skin tends to perspire more heavily in the summer and in humid conditions. In that situation, we advise you to disinfect the selected tattoo area with rubbing alcohol.

To clean the area, apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball. Aim to avoid doing this too frequently as alcohol will dry out the skin.

Step 3: Choose Your Favorite Tattoo Design

Choose Your Favorite Tattoo Design

Temporary tattoos typically come in a set, typically packaged individually. This can be advantageous if you want to employ a specific tattoo design because you won’t interfere with other tattoos and they will be available for usage in the future.

So, browse the designs and choose your favorite, and then stop.

Make sure, however, that the design matches the specific area of skin where you intend to place the tattoo. For the best outcome, take into account the size and position.

On smaller regions, smaller tattoos work better, while larger designs look great on the upper arm, upper back, or shoulder region.

Step 4: Peel the Clear, Protective Layer Off

You’ve chosen your preferred tattoo from the available options. You now need to remove the clear, protective backing, which is a layer of clear plastic, in order to really use the tattoo. Peeling it off requires caution so as not to damage the tattoo itself.

You’ll be able to view the entire tattoo—or rather, its mirror image—once the plastic has been removed. The tattoo will emerge right after being applied to the skin. The face side of the tattoo is the side with the visible ink.

Step 5: Place The Tattoo On The Skin

Applying temporary tattoos

Now is the crucial moment; all that remains is to apply the tattoo to the skin using the face-down position. While doing this, make sure to remain firm and avoid moving or wiggling the tattoo.

Simply press it firmly against the skin and hold it in place with your fingers. Keep it like this for a few seconds to ensure that the entire tattoo adheres to the skin.

Step 6: Use A Damp Cloth or A Sponge

Use A Damp Cloth or A Sponge

You must moisten the tattoo, or rather the paper the ink is printed on, with a damp cloth or a gently damp sponge in order to actually transfer it to the skin. By doing this, the ink will be attracted to your dry skin instead of the water, where it would stick because it is attracted to water.

You must exercise caution at this point since the wetness could cause the tattoo paper to slip. When using the cloth or the sponge, it is crucial to maintain the paper in place. If not, the paper can start to slide about and ruin the tattoo’s pattern.

Step 7: Hold Off For A Minute

Temporary tattoos typically have a suggested waiting period before the design permanently stains the skin. The finest results for transferring, however, can be obtained by waiting for one minute while maintaining the wet cloth or sponge on the tattoo.

You must wait until the whole minute has gone before touching the paper, looking inside to see if the tattoo is transferring, or moving the paper.

Additionally, make the as little movement as possible throughout the entire operation. Remember that the cloth or sponge should only be slightly damp, not drenched!

Step 8: Show Off Your Tattoo

Show Off Your Tattoo

It’s time to take off the cloth/sponge and peel off the tattoo paper when the minute has elapsed. Make sure to carefully peel off the paper as you do so now. The tattoo will either have properly transferred as you begin to peel off the paper, or it may still have adhered to the paper.

If the latter is the case, halt peeling and reapply pressure to the paper. After another 30 seconds, you should recheck the tattoo. If it has transferred, continue peeling it off gently and carefully.

Step 9: Let Everything Dry

Your tattoo ought to have completely migrated to the skin by the time you remove the paper. Now that you’ve used a moist towel or sponge, the skin or tattoo itself is still somewhat damp.

If so, you ought to allow the area entirely air dry. To avoid disturbing the tattoo while it is at its most delicate state, try to avoid touching it during the process. The tattoo may wrinkle or smear if touched or prodded.

Step 10: Take Good Care of Your New Tattoo

Take Good Care of Your New Tattoo

All you have to do is take care of your new tattoo after everything is beautiful and dry. To rehydrate the skin, we advise you to dab on some lotion with a water basis. Shea butter or a little layer of body cream are further options.

Avoid using heavy, thick lotions and creams, especially those that are petroleum– or oil-based because they will just cause the tattoo to wrinkle and smear.

Finally, to set the tattoo, keep it in place longer, and make it look more matte and realistic, you can use a little baby powder or even a tiny layer of hairspray.

How To Make A Temporary Tattoo With Perfume

How To Make A Temporary Tattoo With Perfume

Step 1: Pick a design

Either develop your own design or find one online.

Step 2: Print the image or trace it

Using a standard piece of paper, print out your design. Try your neighborhood library if you don’t have a printer at home! Or, if you must, tape your paper to the screen of a laptop or computer and softly draw the outline with regular pen ink.

Step 3: Create a stencil

Carefully cut around the design without removing any of the pictures. You now possess the tattoo stencil!

Step 4: Paint your stencil

Put some perfume on your paper stencil. You can wear whatever type of perfume you desire, although colognes and EDTs (Eau de Toilettes) may perform best for imprinting your picture on your skin due to their higher alcohol concentration.

Step 5: Stencil soaking

For two to three minutes, soak your stencil in hot water. By doing this, you can assist the stiff paper to become a flexible sheet that you can mold to fit the surface you’re applying it to.

Step 6: Add additional fragrance

Once you’ve taken the stencil out of the water, apply another layer of perfume. Take a moment to relax and breathe deeply.

Step 7: Spray your skin with perfume

On the part of your skin where you want the tattoo, spray perfume. To avoid being overpowered by the scent, try to wear the same perfume that you used on the stencil.

Step 8: Apply your prepared stencil

For two minutes, firmly press the stencil (ink side down) onto your skin. During this period, avoid moving the skin or the stencil because doing so could cause smearing.

Step 9: Remove the stencil

Peel your stencil carefully away in one smooth motion. Going too quickly could cause the ink on your skin to come off if you rip it off.

Step 10: Enjoy!

Voila! Your temporary tattoo might endure for up to two weeks. To make it last even longer, regularly apply Vaseline.

How To Remove Temporary Tattoos

How to take off temp tattoo

Even though temporary ink usually only lasts a few days, you might wish to break up before then. If so, read the instructions below to discover how to remove temporary tattoos.

Step 1. Apply An Oil

Use an oil-based moisturizer to get rid of temporary tattoos. To remove a temporary tattoo, generously apply petroleum jelly or baby oil to the area.

Step 2. Rub it Out

Use a washcloth, an old cotton shirt, or even your fingertips to gently rub the tattoo. The tattoo should gradually peel off with the aid of the oil. If additional oil-based moisturizer is required, use it until your tattoo has completely faded.

Step 3. Make Your Skin Clean

After removing your temporary tattoo, wash your skin with soap and water to eliminate any lingering oil, then pat dry.

Additional Tips & Tricks:

Temporary tattoo tips

I discovered all of these techniques through trial and error. If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to any of the stated products, please do not use this.

Trim It Out Precisely.

The tattoo will look better with the less transparent material that is left on your skin. However, be sure to leave enough to cover the tattoo’s edge in case it gets accidentally rubbed.

Get Your Skin Ready.

Depending on how you care for them and where they are done, tattoos can last anywhere from a day to a week.

Note: Avoid applying any cosmetics to your skin before or after applying the tattoo (such as fake tans, perfumes, sunblock, or anything with alcohol or a lot of oil in it), as these chemicals may breakdown the adhesive and make the tattoo sticky, which will eventually fade away in a day.

After taking a shower, I believe it is best to apply because my skin is completely clean and prepared for a temporary tattoo. I am not wearing any lotion, false tan, or deodorant.

It is advisable to tattoo smooth skin that isn’t frequently stretched or folded because doing so could cause the tattoo to shatter before it has a chance to soften. It gets more flexible with your skin after it softens.

Try to stay away from places that are frequently leaned on, rubbed, or wrinkled.

Applying to skin that is broken is not advised. Avoid having hairy skin; shaving can help, but remember that the hair will grow back and irritate the tattoo.

Your temporary tattoo’s lifespan will also be shortened by sweat or grease.


Generally speaking, if you don’t massage it or apply any products directly to the temporary tattoo, it should be shower/waterproof. You could see a small mark around the perimeter of the tattoo after a day or two where the adhesive has gathered up some dust.

You can delicately rub the mark away from the tattoo with your fingertips or gently wipe it away with mild soapy water.


In the typical locations where permanent tattoos are found, temporary tattoos look pretty good. You can be rather daring about where they go because they are only there for a short time, or you can be stealthy.

The inner forearm, back/shoulder blade, back of the neck, the base of the spine, ankle, and, to be honest, the more I think about it, the more I realize that people nowadays have tattoos pretty much everywhere.

Pose your chosen body part normally while applying the temporary tattoo to your skin. For instance, avoid stretching your arm out before tattooing it; otherwise, the tattoo may scrunch up or smudge when your arm is returned to its natural position.

Taking Away The Shine… Making It Look Even Cooler!

There is usually a hint of shine to temporary tattoos. When the tattoo is first applied, it feels tight, looks especially shiny, and extends along with the skin. Don’t panic; after a few hours, this goes away and your skin’s natural oils help the tattoo become softer. After a day, they look considerably better and more like your skin.

I’ve tried applying a little bit of water-based moisturizer and then I immediately dusted it with a small amount of baby powder to lessen the shine if you can’t wait a few hours for the tattoo to soften and blend in. Not an awful outcome, really!

I’ve also discovered that some alcohol-free deodorant sprays can be effective, but you should use these at your own risk because many items lead to tattoo degradation.

In my experience, anything containing alcohol or oils should be avoided because they can melt the tattoo glue and make it sticky.

Simply waiting 24 hours for it to soften up naturally is by far the best option.


Please maintain your temporary tattoos in their original packaging and store them in a cool, dry location before using them to ensure their long life.

The tattoo glue will be activated by any contact with moisture (such as steam, wet hands, rain, or oil) prior to usage, which will cause the printed decal to adhere to the transparent plastic sheet and render them useless.

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