How to Make a Tattoo Waterproof?

Temporary tattoos are all fun since they are convenient, inexpensive, painless, and can be modified easily. But the only drawback in their case is that these tattoos start fading away once they come in contact with the water. Don’t worry! In this post, I shall be explaining the different ways to make your tattoos waterproof. If you follow these guidelines, your temporary tattoos can stay for even one month! Let’s read further to know the details of the different ways by which you can make your tattoos totally waterproof.Temporary Tattoos

1. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with eyeliner

Requirements: 

  • Tattoo design
  • Permanent marker
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Tracing paper
  • Liquid or pencil waterproof eyeliner
  • Baby powder, talcum powder, or corn starch
  • Vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly

Choosing the design: The utmost step in getting temporary tattoos is to choose the design for yourself. You can google numerous websites online on your laptop or mobiles on the internet where a large number of tattoo design are uploaded by the artist from all over the world. In case you are good at drawing you can directly draw your preferable design on the piece of paper. Take proper time in choosing the best design that suits your personality.

Forever young ink tattoos

Tracing the design: In case you are good at drawing, you can draw the design directly from your gadget screen or take the printout of the design and trace it properly. The method of tracing should be done carefully using the permanent marker as it will be the input for your result of the temporary tattoo. Don’t worry if you are not happy with the traced image, again you can choose some other design and trace it properly.

Applying the rubbing alcohol: On the chosen spot for the temporary tattoo, apply the rubbing alcohol with the help of the cotton pad or wipes. This step will help you to clean your spot by removing the extra dirt and oils present on the surface of your skin.

Rubbing Alcohol-Temporary Tattoo-FYI

Apply the tracing paper: After cleaning the spot thoroughly with the rubbing alcohol, the next step is to stick the design drawn on the tracing paper to the skin for at least 30 seconds. Now slowly peel off the tracing paper. You will notice that the image of the design is lightly traced on your skin.

Use the waterproof eyeliner: On the traced image formed on the spot, draw the proper design over it using the waterproof liquid or pencil eyeliner. This step should be done carefully so that it doesn’t spoil the design on the skin. You can use the eyeliner of any brand but it should be waterproof.

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Once the design is drawn on the skin, apply some baby powder or talcum powder to remove the extra oils from the skin and to make the ink stick to the skin for a longer duration of time. You can use a soft makeup brush to gently apply the powder to the tattoo. After completing it, again outline the design using the eyeliner. If you don’t have any talcum at your place, you can use corn starch for this process.

Again use waterproof eyeliner: After applying some baby powder or talcum powder, again outline the design using the waterproof eyeliner. This step should be followed twice or thrice so that the tattoos get stick to the skin properly.

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin.

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

2. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with a sharpie or permanent marker

Requirements: 

  • Tattoo design
  • Permanent marker
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Tracing paper
  • Baby powder, talcum powder, or corn starch
  • Vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly

The steps from choosing the design to apply the tracing paper will remain the same as above.

Use of a sharpie or permanent marker: On the traced image formed on the surface of the skin, draw the proper design over it using a sharpie or permanent marker. This step should be done carefully so that it doesn’t spoil the design on the skin.

Temporary Tattoo using Sharpie

Temporary Tattoo Sharpie-FYI

Temporary Tattoo

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Once the design is done, apply some baby powder or talcum powder to remove the extra oils from the skin and to make the ink stick to the skin for a longer duration of time. You can use a soft makeup brush to gently apply the powder to the tattoo. After completing it, again outline the design using the sharpie or marker. If you don’t have any talcum at your place, you can use corn starch for this process.

Temporary Tattoo-Baby Powder-Sharpie

Again use the sharpie or permanent marker: After applying some baby powder or talcum powder, again outline the design using the sharpie/permanent marker. This step should be followed twice or thrice so that the tattoos get stick to the skin properly.

Tattoo Temporary Sharpie

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin. It will also help in giving your tattoos a proper neat and clean look and making them waterproof.

Temporary Tattoo-Balm-Tattoo

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

 

3. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with a pen and toothpaste

Requirements: 

  • Tattoo design
  • Black-inked gel pen
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby powder, talcum powder, or corn starch
  • Vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly

Choosing the design of the tattoo: In every case, your initial step is to select the best design for yourself. You can go through several designs on the internet or can draw a design of your own choice. You can take the help of any friend or family member in choosing or drawing the best tattoo design for yourself.

Temporary Tattoos

Apply the toothpaste: The next step in this method is to apply the small quantity of the toothpaste to the area where you want to have the temporary tattoo. The brand of the toothpaste doesn’t matter but the paste shouldn’t be gel-based. Take only a small amount of the toothpaste and rub it properly on the area so that it gets properly concealed on the skin.

Toothpaste-Temporary Tattoo

Applying toothpaste-temporary tattoo-FYI

Draw the design: Now with the help of a black-inked ball pen, draw the design on the area where the toothpaste was applied. You can also use pens of other colors in case you want to have a colored tattoo on your body. If you are unable to draw, you can take the help of any friend or family member.

Temporary tattoo using pen and toothpaste

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Apply some baby powder or talcum powder on the area where you have drawn the design with the help of a ball pen. Using a soft makeup brush or cotton pad, blend the powder well so that the ink of the pen gets stick to the skin.

Baby Powder-Temporary Tattoo

Re-draw the design: After using the powder, re-draw the design on the existing one. This helps to stick the ink properly to the area of the skin. Follow this step twice or thrice.

Draw the design-Temporary Tattoo

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin. It will also help in giving your tattoos a proper neat and clean look and making them waterproof.

Temporary Tattoo-Balm-Drawing-Pen

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

 

4. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with a pen, eyeliner, and toothpaste

Requirements:

  • Design
  • Toothpaste
  • Blackball pen
  • Baby powder
  • Waterproof liquid eyeliner

Choose the design of the tattoo: The initial step in every case is to select the best design for yourself. Don’t take the decision in a hurry, Take your time and then select the best one.

Temporary Tattoos

Apply the toothpaste: The next step in this method is to apply the small quantity of the toothpaste to the area where you want to have the temporary tattoo. The brand of the toothpaste doesn’t matter but the paste shouldn’t be gel-based. Take only a small amount of the toothpaste and rub it properly on the area so that it gets properly concealed on the skin.

Temporary Tattoo-using toothpaste

Draw the design: Now with the help of a black-inked ball pen, draw the design on the area where the toothpaste was applied. You can also use pens of other colors in case you want to have a colored tattoo on your body. If you are unable to draw, you can take the help of any friend or family member.

Temporary Tattoo-pen-eyeliner-toothpaste

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Apply some baby powder or talcum powder on the area where you have drawn the design with the help of a ball pen. Using a soft makeup brush or cotton pad, blend the powder well so that the ink of the pen gets stick to the skin.

Temporary Tat

Re-draw the design: After using the powder, re-draw the design on the existing one. But this time, use a waterproof eyeliner to re-draw the design. You can either use a liquid or pencil-based eyeliner irrespective of its brand. This step should be done carefully with a lot of patience. Follow this step several (2-3) times.

Temporary Tattoo-Eyeliner

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin. It will also help in giving your tattoos a proper neat and clean look and making them waterproof.

Temporary Tattoo using pen-eyeliner-toothpaste

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

Enjoy: Now enjoy your waterproof tattoo. By following the above steps, your tattoo may last long for a couple of days.

 

5. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with pen, permanent marker, and toothpaste

Requirements:

  • Design
  • Toothpaste
  • Blackball pen
  • Baby powder
  • Permanent marker

Choosing the design of the tattoo: In every case, your initial step is to select the best design for yourself. You can go through several designs on the internet or can draw a design of your own choice. You can take the help of any friend or family member in choosing or drawing the best tattoo design for yourself.

Temporary Tattoos

Apply the toothpaste: The next step in this method is to apply the small quantity of the toothpaste to the area where you want to have the temporary tattoo. The brand of the toothpaste doesn’t matter but the paste shouldn’t be gel-based. Take only a small amount of the toothpaste and rub it properly on the area so that it gets properly concealed on the skin.

Temporary Tattoo-using toothpaste

Draw the design: Now with the help of a black-inked ball pen, draw the design on the area where the toothpaste was applied. You can also use pens of other colors in case you want to have a colored tattoo on your body. If you are unable to draw, you can take the help of any friend or family member.

Tattoo-Temporary-Pen-Marker-Toothpaste

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Apply some baby powder or talcum powder on the area where you have drawn the design with the help of a ball pen. Using a soft makeup brush or cotton pad, blend the powder well so that the ink of the pen gets stick to the skin.

Apply baby powder-temporary tattoo

Again draw the design: After using the powder, again re-draw the design on the existing one. But this time, use a permanent marker to re-draw the design.  This step should be done carefully with a lot of patience. Follow this step several (2-3) times.

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin. It will also help in giving your tattoos a proper neat and clean look and making them waterproof.

Temporary Tattoo-Using-pen-permanent marker-toothpaste

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

 

6. Making a temporary waterproof tattoo with temporary tattoo paper

This is one of the easiest methods which you can follow to have a waterproof tattoo on a particular part of your body. You just have to visit any nearby toy shop where you can easily get a temporary tattoo paper.

Temporary Tattoos-FYI

Visiting a shop: The initial step in this method is to visit any nearby toy shop or the stationery shop where the temporary tattoo paper can be easily available. At the shop, you will get several options, so select the tattoo which suits you best according to your personality. If the pack of the temporary tattoos is not available online, you can order it online also but it may take a few days to get delivered to your address.

Follow the instructions: Now, the next step is to follow the detailed instructions given on the pack of the temporary tattoo paper.

Apply baby powder or talcum powder: Apply some baby powder or talcum powder on the area where you have pasted the temporary tattoo paper. Using a soft makeup brush or cotton pad, blend the powder well so that the ink of the pen gets stick to the skin.

Apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly: Once the above steps are followed properly, apply vaseline, balm, or petroleum jelly on the surface of your temporary tattoo. This will help in increasing the life of the temporary tattoo on your skin. It will also help in giving your tattoos a proper neat and clean look and making them waterproof.

Testing with water: The last step to be followed is to check whether your tattoo is waterproof or not, and for that, pour a small quantity of water on the tattoo and try to rub it. You will notice that even after applying the water and rubbing on the surface, the tattoo will not smudge on the skin. This one of the best and easiest ways of getting waterproof temporary tattoos.

 

Things to take care of after the process

  • If you feel any skin allergy after the application, try to wash the area with cold water.
  • If you want to remove the tattoo before it naturally fades, you can do it by rubbing it with a cotton pad dipped in the rubbing alcohol.
  • If you face any severe allergic reaction, it’s best to consult a dermatologist.

Dos and don’ts of the temporary tattoos

Dos

  • Choose the best spot for the tattoo. Don’t hurry! Take your time and think well patiently then decide.
  • Testing of the tattoo should be done to avoid any allergic reaction.
  • Hair removal methods should be followed to give your tattoo a neat look.

Don’ts

  • Avoid getting in contact with the water as it may fade away the ink.
  • Avoid the use of essential oils, body moisturizers, creams, scrubs, rubbing alcohol, soaps, nail paint remover, and sanitizers on the area.
  • Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin, especially after getting the tattoo.
  • Avoid using hot water.
  • Don’t inhale the baby powder or hair spray as it may cause some allergic reactions.
  • If you already have an allergy or wound on the skin, try to avoid getting the temporary tattoos as this may worsen the condition.

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