Glitter Techniques:
Resin-based Temporary Tattoo Paint and Body Glitter

Begin irridescent glory

Resin-based temporary tattoo paint was developed by Temptu to create temporary tattoos for actors in tattooed film roles. Temptu and Harquus are FDA approved, and safe to use on anyone.  Resin based body paint does not stain the skin, is waterproof, and can be removed with rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits.)   The paint will last one to four days, depending on aftercare. This makes them ideal for situations where a person wants body art more durable than gilding paste, but not long-lasting like henna.  The Temptu and Harquus paints are safe and suitable for children.

Start by cleaning the skin, then powder the skin lightly with talcum powder.  Apply the paint with a brush, using the technique shown at

Instead of using talcum powder to seal the paint, brush glitter onto the slightly tacky paint.  Pour loose ultrafine body glitter into a small cup and brush it over the paint with a wide brush.  The example below was done with Jerome Russell Pixie Sparkle opalescent glitter, Swarovski crystals applied with Liquid New Skin, and Harquus.  

Irridescent Deepali step 2

You can see that the opalescent glitter in the bowl has no color of its own, but is highly reflective. Opalescent glitter over black resin-based body paint reflects irridescent greens and blues. 

Irridescent Deepali done

A reliable online supplier for fine cosmetic quality glitter and resin-based body paint is
This pattern is adapted from "Glory of Henna"
by  Deepali Deshpande
available from TapDancing Lizard
Glory of Henna
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