By: Megan Kioulafofski | September 13, 2014
Tags: How To & DIY
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The beauty of temporary tattoos is that they’re temporary! You can change up your temporary tattoos to match your outfit, your mood, or even to fit your schedule.

There are a few tricks you can use to ensure your tattoos go on smooth and are easy to remove when you’re ready for a change. Here are the tips you’ll need to apply and remove temporary tattoos like a pro.

Temporary Tattoo Application

  1. First cut out the temporary tattoo if it is part of a larger sheet of designs. Cut as close to the artwork as possible.
  2. Grab a washcloth and run it under water so it is damp, not dripping.
  3. Then carefully select an area for your tattoo, avoiding places with excessive hair or where your skin sweats or stretches too much. Before application, make sure the skin is clean, dry and free of oils or makeup.
  4. When you’re ready to apply the design, remove the clear top sheet from the tattoo and position the tattoo on the skin.
  5. Press the tattoo firmly onto the skin with the design facing down. Then hold the damp washcloth against the back of the tattoo. Press down.
  6. Dab the washcloth against the tattoo to saturate the entire paper backing. Continue to dab and press for a full thirty seconds. Don’t hurry!
  7. Very gently peel off the backing paper by taking hold of one corner first and slowly and smoothly peeling the paper away from your skin. Let the area dry completely.

You’ve just expertly applied a temporary tattoo. Now go show off your design to your friends!

Temporary Tattoo Removal

Keep in mind that quality temporary tattoos are designed to withstand soap and water, so have these tattoo removal options handy when you’re ready for a change. There are a few options for removal; however, your most effective and efficient way is to use our Tattoo Gone™ Temporary Tattoo Remover Wipe. Our Removal Wipes are skin-safe and remove any temporary tattoo with ease. Simply unfold and apply the wipe to your temporary tattoo, and gently massage until removed. Our gentle, lemon scented wipes allow you to put on as many temporary tattoos as you want without the mess!

If you are looking for at-home remedies, you’ll need a cotton ball or soft cloth and either rubbing alcohol, baby oil, or eye makeup remover.
  1. First saturate the cotton swab or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol, baby oil, or eye makeup remover.
  2. Apply liberally to the tattoo surface. For best results, soak the tattoo with the cotton or cloth for a minute and then gently massage the tattoo in a circular motion. Be patient and do not scrub.
  3. Still got some stragglers? We’re way ahead of you; Take a piece of house hold tape and wrap it around a few fingers (index and middle fingers work best) with the sticky side out. Use a dabbing motion to pull the little left-overs off of your skin! 

Do you have any tips for how to successfully apply and remove temporary tattoos? We want to hear your great ideas in the comments below!


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Benny said:

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Olivia said:

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Soqui said:

Vaseline works well too. Just have to massage it and then rub off with dry cotton ball. No pain.

Cele said:

I have a temparary tattoo and i want to take it off, If i get that rubbing alcohol and the baby oil, Please i will like you to tell me how am i going to apply it them so i can take it off

Antoinette said:

Will Olive oil work as well?

Antoinette said:

Hi, will olive oil work as well? My 4 yr old has one on her face and her skin is irritated

Brylie said:

The water and the cotton ball did not work. But the scotch tape worked really well

LadyLux said:

Is it okay to leave a temporary tattoo on my face overnight? I only got one and I need it for Halloween tomorrow.

Janice said:

Hairspray works too. Spray on the tattoo, leave for a few minutes then wipe off with a damp cloth

Erica said:

If you have temp tattoos that are old, is there a way to get the ink to transfer if it stays on the paper and won’t transfer to the skon???

Rutger said:

In order to remove a temporary tattoo, you can also use special temporary tattoo remover wipes like Limisan.

TemporaryTattoos said:

Thanks for the question! Temporary Tattoos should not come off with normal water. To remove, it is best to use rubbing alcohol, baby oil, or hand sanitizer.

cmyers said:

Scotch tape- brilliant! it was the only thing that worked for me!

nichole said:

Thank you one question will it come out with normal water

MadMadthedancingqueen said:

I find that the using scotch tape to pull the majority of the tattoo works well too.

kristina said:

I’m a big fan of coconut oil for removing temporary tattoos. It’s great for your skin and it won’t feel greasy once it absorbs.

TemporaryTattoos said:

Thanks for the tip! Coconut oil probably smells great too huh?

karen said:

the dish soap “Dawn, hand renewal” does a great job as well.with a little scrubbing.

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