A temporary tattoo places a non-permanent image on the skin in one of the following ways.
Decal or Press-on
These are the tattoos that came in cereal boxes and were handed out on Halloween when we were kids. They typically last a day or two and can easily be applied with a little water. These days, temporary tattoos can be customized for practically any event, including bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, and weddings.
These range from cheap looking to the best way to achieve the look of a real tattoo without the permanency. The more realistic the desired outcome is, the pricier it will be. On a less expensive scale, these tattoos are done with stencils, cosmetic inks, and an airbrush.
Popular in many cultures, henna tattoos are another great alternative to permanent ink. Henna is a plant-derived substance that is used to paint the skin, staining it a reddish brown. Done free hand, henna tattoos are known for their long-lasting effects and are most commonly done on women’s hands.
Similar to press-on temporary tattoos, flash tattoos are metallic tattoos that have been trending for the last few years. They’re sometimes used as a replacement for bracelets, necklaces, and armbands. They can be tribal-looking or depict things found in nature, such as birds, feathers, branches, fruit, butterflies, and flowers. Other flash tattoos are designed to be placed on the hands and feet, like henna tattoos.