Henna Tattoos –  Henna is a temporary form of tattooing from south Asia and its ink is actually a paste made from the powdered leaves of the Henna plant. Even though colors are limited to only a couple shades of red, brown, and not quite black, Henna designs can be breath taking. This type of temporary tattoo can last up to a month depending on the quality of the paste, artist, and aftercare so if you’re looking for a longer lasting temporary tattoo this is probably going to be your best bet.

A little advice stay away from “pre-mixed” or “fast staining black henna” these can contain ingredients in them that can cause allergic reactions and can do other nasty things like leave scars on the tattoo site. Make sure it’s Henna and Henna only.

Henna tattoos are my favorite temporary tattoo I just really like the designs and tradition behind them. I hope you’ll use Google to find some images of Henna temporary tattoos.

Press on – I’m sure most of us have bought one of these out of those coin operated dispensers when we were young. Press on temporary tattoos are probably the most common type of temporary tattoo. Designs are printed onto water permeable paper, and when you place some moisture onto the paper while it’s ink side is down on your skin it’ll transfer the design from the paper onto the skin.

Most of these use ingredients approved by the FDA for use in cosmetics. But once in a while you might come across some that don’t really give any indication of what ingredients are used in it, you should stay away from these considering there could potentially be some unsafe chemicals in them that may cause allergic reactions. A lot of these dangerous tattoos are made in China and Taiwan so be wary of press on tattoos from these countries.

You can actually make your own just purchase special paper that can have a design printed onto them and used as a temporary tattoo.

Air Brush Temporary Tattoos – These are pretty simple, the artist presses a stencil to the skin and uses a air brush to apply the tattoo, these are great for a party type setting as the artist can pump out quite a bit of these an hour.

If you’re throwing a birthday party for a child this could be a very good thing to consider. I’m not too sure about adults getting this type of temporary tattoo though.

Keeping Temporary Tattoos Longer and Removing Them Faster.

Henna – To keep Henna tattoos for a longer period of time I suggest scrubbing and exfoliating the tattoo site before getting it, this will remove and clean dead skin cells from the surface allowing the dye to bind better with the skin. Also keep it away from water as much as possible.

Removing the tattoo can be harder than keeping it around longer, but the best way is to scrub it with soap and water you can also try to use some baby oil to remove it quicker.

Press on – Honestly I don’t think these tattoos are meant to last long and trying to prolong it’s life may be futile but you can keep it away from water.

To remove the tattoo baby oil or rubbing alcohol works very well and should be very easy to remove.

Air Brushed – Same as Press on.


Even though complications from temporary tattoos are very rare an allergic reaction to the ingredients may cause slight discomfort and a rash at the site of the tattoo.  Do not take chances if you think you’re having an allergic reaction to the tattoo and take the necessary actions to ensure your safety.

Stay away from any temporary tattoos that do not list it’s ingredients, and stay clear of certain Henna products like “Black Henna” and “Pre-mixed Henna” these may contain harmful ingredients. When it comes to Henna stay with the natural plant paste.