How to Make Temporary Tattoos Last Longer

Perhaps the greatest benefit of choosing a temporary tattoo is the short amount of time it remains on your skin. Though temporary tattoos are designed to last for brief durations--normally from two to five days--there are situations when a slightly longer-lasting tattoo may be preferable. With proper care and attention, you can extend the life of a temporary tattoo and prevent it from fading, peeling and cracking before you are ready to remove it.

Step 1

Wash the area you wish to tattoo. Using soap and warm water, scrub the area gently with a washcloth to remove any dead skin cells. Use an absorbent towel to dry your skin.

Step 2

Apply the temporary tattoo to the freshly cleansed skin, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

Allow the temporary tattoo to dry completely on the skin. Keep the tattoo clear of clothing, water or lotions.

Step 4

Use a soft brush, such as a makeup brush, to gently apply a thin layer of talc or baby powder to the surface of the tattoo. Repeat this step once a day for as long as you have the temporary tattoo.

Step 5

Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the tattoo while bathing. Though temporary tattoos are normally waterproof, scrubbing or washing the tattoo directly will shorten its lifespan.

Step 6

Avoid putting lotions, soaps or oils on or near the tattoo.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap

  • Washcloth

  • Towel

  • Soft brush

  • Talc or baby powder


Do not cover the temporary tattoo with tight fitting clothing.

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