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Temporary Tattoo Application Fail - What NOT To Do!

Temporary Tattoo Application Fail - What NOT To Do!

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Have you ever had a temporary tattoo fail? You know what we're talking about - when you're all excited to apply a new design and then you realized you've missed a crucial step in the instructions and you have to start all over again.

It's pretty simple to apply and remove a temporary tattoo correctly, but if you're not paying attention or it's your first time using temporary tattoos, then there's a little bit of room for error. Here are a few of the most common temporary tattoo fails that we've come across:

Temporary Tattoo Fail #1 - Lotion or Makeup on the Skin

If your skin is not clean and dry you won't get a good application. Remove makeup and lotion first, then apply the tattoo.

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Temporary Tattoo Fail #2 - Poor Scissor Skill

When using a design from a sheet of tattoos, take care to cut out the tattoo you want, staying as close as possible to the edge of the artwork.

Temporary Tattoo Fail #3 - Leaving the Top Layer On

In your haste and excitement to apply your new fun tattoo, you may forget to peel off the clear top protective layer. Don't miss this crucial step or you won't transfer the art to your skin.

Temporary Tattoo Fail #4 - Not Enough Moisture

Make sure you get enough water on the washcloth or sponge that you're using and that you fully saturate the back of the tattoo as you press it to your skin. This will help the artwork to transfer flawlessly.

Temporary Tattoo Fail #5 - Using Soap and Water for Removal

Temporary tattoos can last days or even weeks on your skin. They won't come off due to sweat or if you wash with soap and water. The quickest and most efficient way to remove a temporary tattoo is with our Tattoo Gone™ Temporary Tattoo Removal Wipes. 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! For an at-home remedy, use a cotton ball that is saturated in either baby oil, rubbing alcohol, or hand sanitizer. Take the saturated cotton ball and wipe off the temporary tattoo.

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Can’t transfer temporary tattoos no directions came with them… thanks for your help I’ll try today



i keep getting bubbles and wrinkles in mine i try to push them out but they look awful i dont know if im using to much or not enough water maybe

Sharani Marie

Sharani Marie

was my worst fail when I first started using temporary tattoos a decade ago. Now I can do it flawlessly lol I’ve been using temporary tattoos as an accesory since high school and after having tried different brands, I’m currently into because of the many designs to choose from and the fact that they last too! Quality stuff!

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