I’ve been dying to test out tattoo nails forever! So I recently picked up a couple packs of temporary tattoos at the local dollar store. The tats that I chose for this mani were random.. I used the Japanese symbol for friend, a butterfly wing and some swirls. I love how the pinkie came out- reminds me of that movie Nightmare Before Christmas!
I wanted the background to be reminiscent of my bare skin so I used two coats of Sephora by OPI Leotard Optional as my base color.
I tested the temporary tattoos on my dominant hand until I got the technique down. Here’s some tips I learned:
♥ Wait for your base color to dry completely before applying tattoos.
♥ Cut down the tattoos with scissors to roughly match the size of your nail. This makes cleanup non-existent (yay) and will also make for easy placement of the design.
♥ Apply the tattoo to your nail by following the same instructions on the package. With one exception- use more water than normal! That helps loosen it up so when you lift the paper off there won’t be any tattoo sticking to it.
♥ The glue that transfers from the paper to the nail may feel a bit bumpy. You may need more than one topcoat.
I have some celestial tattoos that are calling to me now! Man, these tattoo nails came out great and I can’t wait to try this again. I love non-traditional nail art that can be created with everyday things or stuff lying around the house!
13 thoughts on “Temporary Tattoos!”
This is cute! I want to try this out too, but haven’t been able to find tattoo designs that I like. ♥
I hear you. Most of the tattoos are too big for nails anyway. I just picked whatever and figured after I cut them to fit my nail they would look kinda abstract!
Your nails are beautiful
Thanks so much! I like how the rose gives it a little dash of color…
Love how this turned out!!
thanks! you should totally try this technique! then again, you do gorgeous designs on your own…. you probably don’t need no tats!
That’s so cool! I wish I had nails. I used to try but with kids and so much cooking they just get destroyed. I save the cuteness for my toes. 🙂
Nails are hard to keep up with… especially in the kitchen! I really lucked out … my boyfriend is our dishwasher!
Oopsy that was my comment… but I wasn’t logged in!
I just had this idea the other day! Now I really have to try it out since it looks so nice!
Yeah- do it! Do you have the tattoos already?
I’ve tried this out as well! Creates a beautiful effect. So lovely 🙂
wow i never thought of doing that! now i have to try!