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How Do Temporary Tattoos Work?

how do temporary tattoos work

Wondering how do temporary tattoos work? Read on and find out about all you ever wanted to know about how temporary tattoos are made and how they work. Temporary tattoos are all over the place! In vending machines, at Walmart, in Happy Meals, and on online outlets. From children to adults, people of all ages apply and remove temporary tattoos every day. Unlike permanent tattoos, temporary designs are easy to apply and remove, so you can change them as often as you like.

The only question is: how do they work? And, since we came to that, how are temporary tattoos made after all? And what makes them so easy to apply and remove? We’ll give you a’s all about layers! Two basic components make up a fake tattoo: the paper and the image. Below we’ll describe how different layers in the paper and image work together.

Temporary Tattoo Paper

When it comes to how do temporary tattoos work, it’s important to first understand how these are made. Three layers make up the paper element of a fake tattoo;

1. Backing Paper

This portion of the temporary tattoo looks and feels like everyday paper. This is where the instructions are printed along with any other promotional information

2. Silicone Release Coating

This is what makes the image transfer possible. The backing paper has a silicone coating on one side, on which the temporary tattoo will be printed.

3. Transfer Film

This is applied over the release coating. It allows the image to “slide” off the backing paper, and onto the skin when moisture is applied.

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Temporary Tattoo Images

Two layers make up the image portion of the temporary tattoo: the ink and the adhesive.

1. Ink

These are the colors making up the temporary tattoo. Because fake tattoos are applied to dry skin and can last up to a week, the colorants in the inks used must meet strict safety requirements — the same food, drug, and cosmetic colorants must comply with. Be sure you research a tattoo manufacturer to ensure they comply with safety standards before applying their tattoos.

2. Adhesive

A thin layer of adhesive is applied over the colorants to ensure that the temporary tattoo stays on the skin and lasts.

Removing Your Temporary Tattoo

Is it time to remove your temporary tattoo? Easy! Simply rub it with a cotton swab or soft cloth saturated with baby oil or eye makeup remover. You can also use the Tattoo Gone™ temporary tattoo removal wipes for an even more effective, fast, and mess-free process. As you can see, when it comes to how they are made, temporary tattoos are manufactured with your safety and comfort in mind so that your only worry will be to pair your tat with your favorite outfits.

Other Uses Of Temporary Tats

When done with safety at the forefront, temporary tattoos can be used and applied to different types of crafts. You can add them to your tableware or even use them for creating beautiful greeting cards. So there you have it! Those are the different layers that make up a temporary tattoo and other uses you can give them. Who would have thought that so much could go into one tiny, fun product?

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