How to Keep Sharpie on Skin

How to Keep Sharpie on Skin

If you’re interested in getting a tattoo but don’t want the permanent factor, using a Sharpie to create temporary tattoos on your skin can be a great alternative. The Sharpie ink is temporary and can wash off over time, and you can also touch up Sharpie fake tattoos whenever you please if the pretend tattoo ink begins fading.

However, many people struggle to get the ink to stay on their skin for a substantial amount of time. This post includes the best methods on how to keep Sharpie ink on your skin, so let’s get into it.

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  • Start by placing tracing paper over your desired design.
  • Sketch it carefully using your Sharpie marker. 
  • Use deodorant gel on the area of your skin where you want to have your temporary tattoo.
  • Ensure that you apply a clear coating of gel without adding too much to the Sharpie drawing on your skin. A thin layer is best. 
  • Place the paper on your skin and hold it with some pressure for a minute. 
  • Remove the paper and apply some baby powder on top of the tattoo design.
  • This retains moisture and helps the ink stay on your skin for longer. 


  • Draw your desired design directly onto the area of your skin where you want it to be.
  • Pay extra attention to this step as you want to try and avoid making any mistakes whilst using the permanent ink.
  • Once your design is done, leave the ink to dry completely. 
  • Next, sprinkle some baby powder onto the tattoo, ensuring that the drawing is completely covered.
  • Gently rub it into the design. Since the ink has been left to dry, it should smear.
  • Use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the excess powder.
  • Use a hairspray can and hold it 12-16 inches from the tattoo.
  • Spray the design to cover it completely.
  • Wait until the hairspray dries on the ink before using a cloth to gently wipe away any excess. 

Also read: How to Get Marker Off Skin


Now that you have a better idea about how to give yourself a fake Sharpie tattoo, you can try it out for yourself. The best option is to use include a king-size Sharpie or a Magnum sharpie and touch set. 

Hopefully, you feel more assured about how to make a Sharpie tattoo. It can be a great way to see if you want to turn the design into a permanent tattoo at a later stage. Have fun!


How long do temporary Sharpie tattoos last?

Usually, ink from a permanent marker will last on the skin for only a couple of days. However, if you use the tips mentioned in this post, the pen ink will last for 4-7 days.

Are Sharpie tattoos safe?

For most people, the ink from permanent markers is safe. However, if you have sensitive skin, it may be best to avoid writing on your skin.

You may want to test out a small amount of ink on your skin. If the ink starts reacting badly, simply wash it away and don’t proceed with the tattoo. 

How do you remove Sharpie fine point markers from the skin?

If you’re unhappy with your design or have had allergic reactions, there are some easy ways to remove them. 

One of the methods involves applying rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to a q tip. You can then gently rub it over the ink until it begins to fade. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe the area clean. 

An alternative to rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover is mineral oil. Apply it to a cotton swab and rub the ink until the pigment molecules begin to break down. Then, wipe the residue away with a cloth. 

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