DIY metallic tattoos that don't involve needles
Temporary metallic tattoos are spotted all over music festivals and can be really cute for summer. Faux belly chains and bracelets, feathers and phrases, all in shades of gold and silver.
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Some of these faux tattoos can cost up to $25, so why not rock one that you can make with products you probably already have?
- Metallic silver waterproof liquid liner or cream shadow
- Metallic gold waterproof liquid liner or cream shadow
- Synthetic liner brushes
- Stencils or create your own with washi tape, X-Acto knife, marker and business cards
- Setting spray
- Eye makeup remover to clean up
In choosing a design, I found that stencils from the craft store had a lot of butterflies and stars. I just wanted more hipster-like shapes, so I made my own stencils. To do so, either trace a design onto a business card and cut out with an X-Acto knife or cut small designs into washi tape. Consider using decorative hole punches too.
I created my own metallic liquid liner by mixing cream shadow, Maybelline Color Tattoo, with liquid shimmer, LORAC's 3D Liquid Lustre. Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever make great waterproof metallic liquid liners. I also replicated a gold bracelet design with L'Oreal's Silkissime Liner in Gold.
Body and face paint will work too, but I find the most long-wearing and most metallic formulas are found in cosmetic products. Many are made to be waterproof so they'll stick around longer.
How to make temporary tattoos
Press the stencil you've created firmly against your skin and stipple on cream shadow or paint on liquid liner. If you use washi tape, be very careful lifting it away. Create a solid line by placing two pieces of washi tape side by side and filling in the space in between. You can create chevron designs this way too.
Clean up any stray edges with waterproof eye makeup remover and a precision cotton swab.
To ensure your new tattoo doesn't go anywhere, set it with a spray of setting spray, or even hairspray will do.
Don't be afraid to freehand designs too. If you need inspiration for on-trend designs, try looking at Aztec designs, triangles, chevrons, chain links or sketch a word or name you love in freehand cursive.