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Temporary tattoos will never not be fun. Whether as part of a *look* or as a test run before you commit to real ink, the important thing is to go all in. If you want your tats to look convincing, look for waterproof body tattoos that don’t smudge with moisture and appear sharp for days, or even weeks, after application. Design-wise, we’re partial to classic florals, but there’s nothing more personal than a tattoo so do you.
What to Consider When Buying a Waterproof Body Tattoo
There are a few DIY tricks to make the most of your temporary tattoo. Start by shaving the application area, just like a real tattoo, then swab the skin with rubbing alcohol. After you’ve carefully applied the paper tat, dust the final product with translucent powder and finish with hairspray.
Once you’ve decided on a vibe, design, and style, here are the things we suggest taking into account.
Realistic: There’s little point to a temporary tattoo if its an obvious fake. We find that classic designs and high-quality ink that does not easily smudge or fade to be the most convincing. Sharpness in color is the real giveaway. Note that how realistic your fake ink looks will also depend on how precise you are in applying it.
Staying Power: A temporary tattoo’s longevity will also depend at least in some part on how you apply it, but some products are still stronger than others when it comes to lifespan. Unlike other tats, like the ones you might find on a Fruit Stripe gum wrapper, we look for waterproof ink that won’t rub off in the shower.
Number: You’re probably going to mess up your application once or twice, which is why we like temporary tattoos that come in large packs so you’ll always have back up options. Plus, the more tattoos you have, the more options you have when changing up your look.
1. COKTAK Flower Temporary Tattoos
While we like that temporary tattoos can be more vividly colorful than the real deal, we think the simple black ink of this set adds a touch of authenticity. There’s something artistic and subtle about these designs, even though they’re still incredibly detailed. People agree on the quality of these tattoos, which are on the small size and last up to five days. Get 12 designs per pack.
2. YAKAGO Flower Temporary Tattoos
These tats are both larger and more colorful than our top pick, and users say they’re realistic enough to have your friends completely fooled. The floral designs are long and narrow in shape, making them perfect for biceps or forearms. Get 12 sheets per pack.
3. Temporary Butterfly & Rose Tattoos
We like these butterfly and floral designs, which come in a wide variety of sizes, whether you want to cover half your torso or toy around with one of those lower back tattoos of the early aughts. Users agree that these tattoos look pretty authentic, and are vivid enough even to cover blemishes on the skin.
4. Glaryyears Temporary Tattoos
We’re fans of the vintage, almost steam punk vibe of these temporary tattoo designs, which include classic rose and other floral patterns. At around 4 by 8 inches, they cover some pretty substantial surface area, so make sure you’re ready to make a statement. And if you’re not, the manufacturer notes that they can also be applied as decor to mugs, windows, furniture, and more. This set gets you 18 sheets.