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How To Make Your Own Temporary Tattoo (Top 3 Methods That Always Work)

Temporary tattoos are fun and very exciting! Well, until you realize you’re spending tons of money just to entertain yourself with temporary tattoos that will last you a week or two at best. If you’re tired of spending your money on temporary tattoos (or real ones too), we’ve got you covered. In the following paragraphs, we will share with you some tips and tricks that you can use to create your own temporary tattoos in no time. So lay back, relax, and let’s go through these temporary tattoo DIY instructions.

How to make your own temporary tattoo: 3 methods

1. Eyeliner tattoo

Ladies and gentlemen, especially ladies, here is the first revolutionary discovery; eyeliner can be used to draw “lines” on other parts of the body rather than on the eye. Incredible, right? Well, of course we all know that. But, for real, you can use eyeliner to draw a temporary tattoo right on your body wherever you want. If you’re interested in this method, here’s how to do it.


  • Buy a new eyeliner; if you have an eyeliner that you use on your face, well, you can’t use it to draw fake tattoos. Unless you plan on buying a new one for your eyes, be sure to use clean eyeliner for this trip.
  • Avoid buying liquid eyeliners; they will be difficult to use for detail because they are harder to control and even harder to remove from the skin.
  • Make sure the target area of ​​your body is clean and preferably hair free; if the area is hairless, the eyeliner is more likely to stick and stay on the skin. It will also be easier to execute any design and detail when the surface is smooth.


  • Submit a design or seek inspiration elsewhere; either way, have a design in mind that you are going to use.
  • Draw the design directly onto your skin using the new eyeliner.
  • Make sure to be patient and consistent to avoid making mistakes.
  • Once you are happy with the design, use hairspray to cover the tattoo. a thin coat should be enough

The eyeliner tattoo should last between 3 and 5 days, in case you do not expose it to water for example. If you want to get rid of the “tattoo”, just wash the area with warm water and soap. Once you’re done, pat the area dry and moisturize to help the skin retain moisture.

2. Print your own tattoos

If you’re not very good at drawing actual tattoos with eyeliner, don’t worry. You can simply print your tattoo and apply it using a little moisture. If that sounds easy, well, that’s because it is. So for this method you will of course need a printer, water paper and a drawing of your choice. Here is how the process will unfold;


  • You cannot print the tattoo on regular paper. So, be sure to buy water paper for better result. You can order water slide paper online or buy it in store.
  • Prepare scissors to cut out the pattern, a cotton ball and water.


  • For the first step, be sure to complete a design for the tattoo. You can take inspiration from existing tattoo designs, but it’s always best to create original work. Use Photoshop to edit the design to your liking or any other photo editing application.
  • Place the slide paper in the printer and print your design.
  • Use scissors to cut out the design; try not to cut too close to the tattoo, so as not to disturb the outer lines.
  • Apply the design/paper to the skin.
  • Dampen the cotton ball and apply it to the paper; hold for 20/30 seconds, or until the design is transferred to the skin and the paper slides off.
  • Dry the “tattooed” area with a paper towel; make sure to be very gentle and let the tattoo dry on its own.

This tattoo should last you between 4 and 7 days, depending on the quality of work you have done in applying it. The tattoo will last longer if applied to clean, smooth, hairless skin.

As for removal, you can get rid of this tattoo using rubbing alcohol or any other oil-based skin product. Just put some of the product on a cotton ball and use it to rub the tattoo into the skin. Or, you can just let the tattoo peel off on its own if you are patient.

Point: After printing and cutting the pattern, you can also place the paper in water for 1 minute. Clean the designated skin area, then apply the wet paper to the skin. Let it sit for several seconds, then peel off the paper; the drawing should have been transferred to the skin. Use a damp cotton ball to remove excess paper from the skin. Press try the “tattoo” with a paper towel or regular towel. And that’s all!

3. Sharpie Tattoos

For this method, it’s time to go to the roots of your childhood; the pointed one. Remember how, as a child, you used to draw things on your arms using a marker. Well, you and the other kids were clearly on to something. Sharpie can be used to create excellent temporary tattoos in minutes. Here’s how you can do it!

Sharpie Tattoo
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  • For this method, you will need the following supplies; a sharpie (preferably black but you can also opt for other colors), alcohol wipes, baby powder and a liquid bandage.
  • Also, you will need to have a design in mind that you will use for the tattoo. we recommend going for simple designs as detailing using a sharpie can be difficult to execute on the skin.


  • To start, you will use the alcohol wipes to clean the designated tattoo area. It would be good to draw somewhere on your arms as the skin is usually smooth and hairless so the tattoo will turn out better.
  • Unless you are an artist, your next step will be to draw a simple shape or design to use as your tattoo. Start with very simple designs if it’s your first time, like a heart, flower, initials, or even a date.
  • To make sure the sharpie stays in place, you can apply a thin layer of baby powder to the “tattoo”. Let the powder sit for about 10 seconds.
  • Apply a small amount of liquid dressing to the “tattoo”; this will help the sharpie stay in place and it won’t spread.
  • Let everything dry completely and you are good to go.

This tattoo should last up to 4 days, but it can stay a few days longer if you place it somewhere where it won’t be exposed to water, for example. However, the whole point of temporary tattoos is to have them for a few days and have fun. So if you’re looking for a short-term tattoo experience, the sharpie method is a great alternative.

If you want to remove the tattoo from the sharpie, simply apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and rub the sharpie. It should take you a few seconds for the alcohol to start breaking the sharpie into the skin, so be sure to be gentle and patient.

Also read: How to make a fake tattoo with a Sharpie? – A step-by-step guide

Make your own temporary tattoo: bonus option

Have you heard of Prinker? Well, if none of the aforementioned methods sound appealing to you, it’s time for you to check out Prinker; a small device that applies temporary tattoos directly to the skin. What an amazing time to be alive, right?

The Prinker is the first device of its kind in the world. He applies water-resistant temporary tattoos, which almost look like the real deal. The tattoos are vivid and you can choose any color you like.

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Here’s what else you can do with Prinker;

  • You can create your own unique tattoo using the Prinker app.
  • You can choose one of over 8000 designs made by tattoo artists and artists around the world
  • You can easily remove tattoos in seconds.
  • You can get a new tattoo every day since the Prinker set offers up to 1000 tattoos.

All you have to do is choose a design, your own or from the available designs, and send the design to your Prinker device.

And then simply roll the Prinker device over your body and watch the magic unfold before your eyes.

Tattoos made by Prinker last up to 3 days, which is more than you would expect from a homemade temporary tattoo.

Final Thoughts

Making your own temporary tattoo is definitely more satisfying than just buying one. However, we still advise people with sensitive skin or skin conditions to refrain from these do-it-yourself methods where potentially toxic products not intended for skin use are applied. This, of course, particularly applies to products like hairspray and sharpie, which contain potentially toxic ingredients.

So if you notice increased skin redness, rashes, itching and burning, or any other type of allergic reaction, be sure to wash the “tattooed” area immediately. In more serious cases, also consult a doctor.

Other than that, we also want you to have a lot of fun trying out these methods. They always work and always turn out amazing. Let us know in the comments if you tried them and how they turned out!

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