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Temporary face tattoos are extremely popular among kids, youngsters, teens, twenty-somethings, and even a few grown ups. Cheerleaders, almost always, are seen sporting one (or more) of these, and that too in varieties of shapes, sizes, designs, and colors. They are also a hot favorite with loyal fans and supporters of sports teams at various sporting events. Temporary tattoos are also a big hit at kids birthday parties, slumber parties, theme parties, etc.
Halloween is another occasion when one gets to see a large number of temporary face tattoos, and that too in a plethora of scary patterns and designs. Also, with the holiday season just round the corner, you will no doubt, witness a lot of kids and young children running around with a few seasonal designs plastered over their faces (Christmas and New Year's Eve being prime time occasions for the same). They are commonly used at fundraisers, product promotions, marketing campaigns, etc., as an innovative way of grabbing eyeballs and of spreading product awareness.
Applying Temporary Tattoos on the Face
So now that you have been introduced to the concept, how do you go about applying one of these? Well, it's extremely simple. You may well have come across a few of those stick-on tattoos (which you get as a freebie gift with chewing gums, bubble gums, etc). Temporary face tattoos are nothing but a bigger and a better version of those primitive freebie stick-on tattoos. Here is how to apply one. First, wash your face and dry it properly. Then, wet one side of the paper (instructions for doing so are provided along with the tattoo). Peel off the protective covering and press the exposed tattoo on the desired part of your face (cheeks, cheekbones, forehead, etc.). Hold it in place for a few seconds (again, the exact time duration is mentioned as part of the instructions). While you've held it in place, once in a while, gently slide your finger with uniform pressure over the surface of the paper (this can help in ensuring that the tattoo affixes itself to your skin in a uniform manner). Finally, at the end of the recommended time duration, gently peel away the remaining piece of paper, and presto! You've got your fancy new tattoo!
As mentioned earlier, face tattoos like these come in many sizes and shapes. You can choose from coin- to medium-sized tattoos, to full-face (face mask type) tattoos. Some popular designs include sports team symbols, animals, slogans, paw print tattoos, mascots, cartoons, animated figures, zodiac symbols, ghosts or horror movie characters, famous Hollywood characters, etc. Also, there are quite a few manufacturers which make customized removable face tattoos based on the customer's specifications and requirements. This is highly beneficial to advertising companies, social awareness groups, marketing firms, etc.
Skin Care Aspect
Before applying a removable i.e. temporary face tattoo, make sure that it is FDA approved. Almost all FDA approved temporary stick-on tattoos make use of approved inks and vegetable dyes. Also, the adhesive used is similar to the one used in regular band-aids. Once applied, most of these tattoos tend to withstand the sun, sweat, and outdoor weather conditions for about 2-3 days. For removing these tattoos, all you need to do is wash your face with soap and warm water. Rubbing a bit of baby oil (or using scotch tape) can also help in removing the last remaining bits of tattoo that otherwise stick stubbornly to your skin.
Well, this was a short introduction to the concept of temporary face tattoos. The best thing about these tattoos is that if you don't like them on your face, you can very well remove them, unlike permanent tattoos.