How to Make a Temporary Tattoo with Sharpie (Without Baby Powder)

The process of getting a temporary tattoo is very easy and any person can follow it while sitting at home. You don’t have to wait for your appointments with the tattoo artists and sit for long hours to get tattooed. The temporary tattoos are painless in nature, inexpensive, and you can get several tattoos according to the different occasions of your choices. In this article, I have explained the various methods of making a temporary tattoo with a sharpie without using baby powder.

Temporary Tattoo using Sharpie

Using the Perfume 

For making the temporary tattoos using the perfume you need to have the following things:

  • Sharpie
  • Alcohol-Based Perfume
  • Tracing Paper
  • Corn Flour/Talcum Powder/Hair Spray

Tracing of the tattoo

You need to trace the image of the tattoo that you want to have on your body. For this, you need to select a suitable design for yourself. You can look for several options online and draw them on a piece of paper. Now take a sheet of tracing paper and cut it from the sides according to the size of the tattoo so that it becomes easier for you to copy it. Use the sharpie to trace the design. For this method, I have used a black-colored sharpie to draw the tattoo. You can use several colored sharpies to get these tattoos according to your wish.

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Application of the perfume

After tracing the image of the tattoo, apply an alcohol-based perfume on the area where you want to have the tattoo. The perfume should be applied from at least 6inches away from the surface. Let’s wait for 2-3 minutes and allow the perfume to dry off naturally.

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Application of the tracing paper

After the perfume dries off completely, apply the tracing paper with the traced image of the tattoo on the area of the application. Press it for a few minutes (2-3 minutes) so that the tattoo’s ink gets stuck to the skin properly.


Peeling off the tracing paper

After pressing it for a few minutes, peel off the tracing paper slowly. This step should be done very carefully and patiently so that the ink of the tattoo doesn’t get smudged. After peeling it off, you will notice a glimpse of the traced image formed on the skin.

Draw the tattoo

Now use the sharpie to draw the tattoo on the image formed on the skin. I used the black-colored ink sharpie for the drawing.


Cornflour or talcum powder

After drawing the tattoo on the skin, I used talcum powder so that the ink of the tattoo gets stick to the surface of my skin. You can also use cornflour for this purpose. Some people prefer to use hairspray instead of any powder. Your tattoo is ready now!

Without using perfume or tracing paper


  • Sharpie
  • Cleansing Wipes

This is one of the easiest methods of getting temporary tattoos since it requires only 2 ingredients. You need to follow the following steps to get your favorite tattoo in a few minutes.

Design selection

The most important step in this method is to select the design of the tattoo. You can select different shapes, designs, patterns, or quotes for your tattoo. Try to select the simple one so that it becomes easy for you to copy.

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Copy the design

After selecting the best design of your choice, the next step is to copy it directly on the surface of your skin where you want to have the tattoo. Don’t forget to clean the surface using cleaning wipes or cotton pads so that your skin becomes oil and dirt-free. For copying the design use the sharpie for any color according to your requirements. I chose a sharpie with black-colored ink for drawing the tattoo.


Apply talcum powder or cornflour

After drawing the tattoo, I applied the talcum powder. You can also use cornflour in case you don’t have the talcum powder at your place.

Using pen, sharpie, and toothpaste


  • Toothpaste
  • Ball Pen
  • Cleansing Wipes
  • Cornflour/Talcum Powder
  • Sharpie
  • Balm

Using the toothpaste

Before applying the toothpaste, clean the area well and apply a small quantity of the toothpaste to the area where you want to have the tattoo. After applying it, rub it thoroughly on the skin. Now take the tissue paper or cleansing wipes and clean the paste from the surface.

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Use the ball pen

Now with the help of a ball pen, draw the design of the tattoo of your choice. For this purpose, I have taken a black-inked ball pen.


Talcum powder or cornflour

After drawing the tattoo on the skin, apply a small amount of talcum powder or cornflour on your tattoo so that your tattoo gets stick to your skin properly.

Apply baby powder-temporary tattoo

Use the sharpie

Now re-draw the design on the existing one using the sharpie. For this method, I have used the blank-inked sharpie to re-draw the design. You can use sharpies of several colors also in case you want to have a colorful tattoo. The above-mentioned steps from ‘using the ball pen’ to ‘using the sharpie’ should be repeated several times (2-3times).

Use the balm

After following the above-mentioned steps several times, I applied the balm on my tattoo to give it a neat and clean look. You can use vaseline also instead of the balm. Your tattoo is ready now! This temporary tattoo using the ball pen with a sharpie will be going to stick to your skin for several days.

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Important Steps

Following are some of the important steps which you need to follow to the temporary tattoo using the sharpie:

  • The main important thing which should be kept in mind before the application of any temporary tattoo is the sensitivity of your skin. If your skin is highly sensitive then you should avoid getting these tattoos as the ink of the sharpie may cause some allergic reactions. If you already have any scars, wounds, injuries, or rashes on your surface, then also you should avoid getting the temporary tattoos as they may cause some severe allergic reactions.
  • Cleaning is a very important part which you have to do before applying the temporary tattoo. You can use cleansing wipes or cotton pads to clean the surface. Don’t forget to shave your skin before the application to give your tattoo a neat and clean look.
  • Avoid using body creams, moisturizers, scrubs, and essential oils after the procedure so that the ink of your tattoo doesn’t get smudged.
  • It is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the ink of the tattoo shouldn’t fade.
  • The area of your skin where you have applied the temporary tattoo should not come in contact with the water.

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