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How to Make a Temporary Tattoo With Perfume? Step-by-Step Guide

The rise of TikTok has been astronomical in the last few years. No matter the age, religion, and ethnicity, you will find millions of people who have signed up with TikTok. And it is not a surprise as it is pretty engaging and one of the best places for one to showcase their creative side. One can create fun short videos and express their creative side to millions of viewers globally. But if one trend has captured everyone’s imagination, it is the temporary tattoo. Yes. People of all ages love to showcase their temporary tattoos on this app and their followers. It is improbable that you have never heard of it, such is its popularity.

Now, if you might be thinking, it must be hard to get on this front. Then you are wrong. It is surprisingly easy for one to get a temporary tattoo inked on their skin. And one of the easiest ways to get a temporary tattoo is through using perfume. Yes, you read that right; you can quickly get a temporary tattoo using a perfume that can be easily found in your home. And this article will help you answer the question ‘how to make a temporary tattoo with perfume’ in easy steps.

But first, let’s take a look at the ingredients you will require to ink a temporary tattoo.

  • A drawing of the tattoo design
  • Scissors
  • A perfume with high alcoholic content (although one can even use hairspray as an alternative)
  • Towel
  • hot water
  • An appropriately sized bowl

These are all the necessary ingredients that you require to get a temporary tattoo inked on your body.

Step-by-Step Guide to Make a Temporary Tattoo With Perfume

Before you start your process, it would be best if you gather all the ingredients mentioned above for a hassle-free procedure. Now, without further ado, let’s go into the step-by-step guide on making temporary tattoos with perfume.

Step 1: Choosing The Right Tattoo Design

It would not surprise many that this is an essential aspect of the tattoo inking process. To get a satisfactory result at the end of the process, one needs to think long and hard to decide on the tattoo design. If you are not satisfied with the tattoo you have chosen, this effort would be all for naught. It would be better to abandon this idea altogether if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want.

Choosing The Right Tattoo Design
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The tattoo could be anything you feel closely associated with or even someone who means a lot to you. The options are simply endless. But unlike the permanent tattoo, you can easily remove this temporary one without much issue. So before reading this blog further, you should first decide on your tattoo design.

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Step 2: Print the Design

Once you have settled on a design for a tattoo, the next step is obvious. It is to get a printed copy of the tattoo design. Now, you don’t necessarily have to obtain a printed copy if you can create art of the tattoo design, then that will work as well. But why it may seem simple enough, it is not. There are a couple of things you need to be concerned with when it comes to printing the tattoo design.

Print the Design
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First, you need to ensure that tattoo is appropriately sized. This is an essential part of the process. Your aim is to get a tattoo sketch that would be similar to the final result of the process. For that, you might need to scale down the design and resize the print. This can be done on any word application on your computing device.

Second, you need to make sure that there is no corruption in the color or the design of the tattoo. Messing with the color of the design could result in the print copy being brighter than it should. Obviously, no one would want that. So, keep these two things in mind, and you will be well on your way to getting the perfect temporary tattoo.

Step 3: Cut the Tattoo Design

The next step is to cut the tattoo design from the printed copy. And for that, you need to use scissors. Naturally, your design is going to be smaller than the size of the paper; otherwise, it would not just work. But to get the tattoo design ready for the inking process, you need to get the shape in perfect order. And that is done is by cutting the excess paper around the image.

Cut the Tattoo Design
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It is a reasonably straightforward process, with one only needing to cut the tattoo design, but that does not mean one need not be careful. There are a couple of things that one needs to look out for. First, they must ensure that their cutting does not come too close to the edges of the image. Otherwise, the final result would not be good enough. The trick here is to leave around half an inch to the design to get the finest result.

Step 4: Douse The Image in The Perfume

Once you have appropriately cut the tattoo design in the right shape, the next step is to douse the image in the perfume. Now, this might be something that would not make sense at first. You might think that dousing the perfume image would damage the printed paper and the design. That is simply not the case. In fact, if you meticulously do this step, you will get the perfect result on your hands.

The trick to ensuring that you get the best possible result is using a highly alcoholic perfume. The higher the concentration of the alcohol, the better the result would be. You also need to ensure that you get every part of the tattoo design. If any part of the tattoo design is not doused with perfume, it will not show in the final result.

Spray the tattoo design with perfume. And if you are not sure how to do it, then simply place the spray about 6 inches away from the images and get to the work. It is as simple as that.

Step 5: Let the Paper Soak

After the dousing process comes the soaking; yes, that is literally the next step for one to go. But before that, there is one thing you need to be extra careful about here. And that is your tattoo paper. Since it is doused with perfume, it is now extremely fragile. So, it cannot be stressed enough, and you need to be extremely careful about handling the design paper.

Let the Paper Soak
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There are actually different ways one can go about this. First is, you can fill up the sink with hot water and soak the tattoo paper there. Or you can opt for boiling water, fill it up in a bowl and soak the tattoo paper there. It would help if you made sure that the bowl was appropriate in size so that the paper could easily sink in without any issue. Both of these methods are good enough to ensure that you get a satisfactory final result.

The only thing you need to concern yourself is with the time to soak the paper. It is advised that one should soak the tattoo paper for at least 3 minutes. But you could not go wrong if you hold out for 5 minutes. In fact, it’s recommended that you do the 5 minutes if the paper is of premium quality. At the end of the process, the paper would be a bit flimsy and fragile to hold. So, it would be best if you were extra careful here.

Step 6: Put the Soaked in the Desired Location and Hold Down Firmly

The last step is to apply the tattoo design to your body. This is, without a doubt, the most critical step of the process. If you go wrong here, you likely have to start all over. So be extra careful during this final step.

The first thing you need to do is to spray the area where you want the tattoo to be inked. The spray used here is the same perfume spray that you have used to douse the paper. Do not shy away with the amount of spray you have to use; the more, the merrier. Once done, you will have to place the soaked tattoo image on the desired area and just on hold on. Next, use a hot towel to hold the paper against the skin. Just make sure that the hot towel does not burn your skin.

Put the Soaked in the Desired Location and Hold Down Firmly
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Hold the towel for at least 2 minutes. It is vital that you do this; otherwise, there would not be a proper image transfer. Naturally, no one would want that to happen at all costs. So, make that you hold the towel firmly for 2 minutes at the very least. After that, just slowly remove the towel and slowly and carefully peel off the paper. And that’s it; you have on your hands your very own temporary tattoo.

The temporary tattoo would easily last for a couple of days and even weeks if you have carefully and meticulously followed the above-listed steps.

Now, what if you do not own a printer paper? It is pretty apparent from the above-listed steps then printed paper is of massive importance in the temporary tattoo procedure. But if you do not have printer paper that does not mean you cannot get a temporary tattoo. Printer paper is not the only way to get a temporary tattoo ink on your body. An alternate method is also quite popular but, more importantly, effective. And that is through perfume, tracing paper, and a sharpie. It is just as simple as the perfume and printing paper method, but slight differences exist.

What is the Difference Between these Two Methods?

There is not much difference between both of these methods. It makes it easier for one to switch to another if they do not have the necessary equipment. In the place of printing paper, you would need to sketch your tattoo design on tracing paper. This step would also require adding a couple of steps in the mix.

Steps to make a temporary tattoo with perfume and sharpie

  1. Draw on the Tracing Paper

    Obviously, once you have selected your chosen design, you would need to create it on the tracing paper as well. Draw a clean design with distinguishable parts; this will come especially handy during the final step.
    Draw on the Tracing Paper.

  2. Rub Perfume Over the Desired Tattoo

    The next step in the process is to spray the skin with perfume. Then, you need to dry the area before going any further. By doing this, you will add more adhesiveness to the skin, which would result in better tracing.
    Rub Perfume Over the Desired Tattoo

  3. Placing the Tracing Paper

    In this step, you need to place the tracing paper on the desired area appropriately. You need to be careful here, as any disturbance could result in the corruption of the tattoo. Just simply place the tracing paper on the tattoo area press firmly. Hold the position for at least two minutes to ensure a successful transfer of the design on the skin.
    Placing the Tracing Paper

  4. Use Sharpies

    After the successful transfer of the tattoo design, the next step is to go over it and trace it and fill it with the appropriate colors. Just be careful in your tracing, as even a slight miscalculation on your part could result in a disaster. No one would want that! You also need to ensure that the sharpie is completely dried off before going to the next step.
    Use Sharpies

  5. Spray With Hairspray

    Once the sharpie is dried off, you need to spray the tattoo design with hairspray. First, you need to make sure that the whole tattoo is sprayed. Keep the spray can about 6 inches away from the tattoo and lightly drizzle the tattooed area with hairspray. Do not overdo it, as it could wash off the tattoo. And next, just wait for it to try. That’s it. Your temporary tattoo is ready.

    A word of caution here! You might need to reapply hairspray after a shower or getting out of the pool. This is essential to ensure the tattoo remains glued to the skin for an extended period. Additionally, you can also use baby powder in place of hairspray; both serve the same purpose.
    Spray With Hairspray.


If you have doubts in mind, you might want to get your questions answered. Well, it is not always possible to get satisfactory answers. However, below mentioned frequently asked questions will surely help you.

Q1. How long would the tattoo last?

Ans. It is a ubiquitous question, and it is obvious why that is the case. As the name suggests, it is indeed a temporary tattoo. So, sooner or later, it would start to fade away. The lifespan of the temporary tattoo could easily range from anywhere between a couple of days to weeks on end. It would depend on how carefully the artist has followed the tattoo inking steps. If the tattoo is inked perfectly, it could easily last for weeks without any assistance. One can even extend the tattoo’s lifespan by using hairspray and baby powder.

Q2. Are temporary tattoos inked using perfume safe?

Ans. Now, this is a loaded question. The answer is it depends. Unlike permanent tattoos, there is no damage to the skin. No needle is used that destroys the skin and inserts the ink. That is simply not the case with the temporary tattoos made using perfume.

The only thing that could bother the individual is having an allergic reaction to the materials used in the perfume. So, yes, while perfumes are generally safe to use, there are people out there with allergic conditions to one or several ingredients used in the tattoo.

In case of an allergic reaction, the individual would feel some skin irritation, burning, or rashing. But that is at the perfume spraying stage, so you would already know not to go through the procedure. Just wash the sprayed area, and you would be good to go.

The intelligent thing to do would be to know about the perfumes you might be allergic to beforehand.

Q3. What kinds of perfume should one use?

Ans. The simple answer is – any. You can use any perfume you want for this temporary tattoo procedure. There are only two things you need to consider while selecting the perfume. First, ensure that you are not allergic to the ingredients used in the process. That is simply a no-no. And second, you need to pick a perfume with a high alcoholic concentration; the more, the better. That’s it; that’s all you need to do to pick out the right perfume for you.

Q4. Are there any other temporary tattoo methods besides the mentioned ones?

Ans. Yes, there are. There is the eyeliner method. In this method, eyeliner is used to draw the tattoo design on the skin. And then, once it is dried off, simply spray the tattoo with hairspray. There is also the Prinker method. Prinker is a device used to print a temporary tattoo on the skin directly.
The tattoos created by this method are water-resistant and look terrific. But one also needs to buy the device for this method, which can be quite expensive. Not a viable solution for folks looking for personal use, and it is not a commercial one also.

The perfume methods are simply the best way to get a temporary tattoo inked on their body. Best and affordable as well.


As one can see for themselves, inking a temporary tattoo on the body is extremely easy, especially with perfume. One only needs to follow the above-listed easy-to-follow steps without any compromise. Once you have done that, you can show your hard work to your friends and family.

About Author

Jonathan Corby "Jonny" is a guy who is passionate about Tattooing and successfully running a Tattoo Studio in NY. Through my journey as a Tattoo Artist I have made unforgettable memories. This irrational poetry and sense of freedom of art on skin has given a blissfull experience to my life. Each Tattoo has a story behind it; Lets share one!