Mehendi – how to make a temporary tattoo yourself

Mehendi - how to make a temporary tattoo yourself
Mehendi (Mendi) is a safe, temporary tattoo made with a natural dye. At many resorts, the henna tattoo is the most popular service on the beach. But why limit yourself to a set of standard stencils, if you prepare the composition for mehendi yourself is very simple, and the drawing, painted with your own hands, will be unique.

You will need
  • Henna powder – 40 g
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Eucalyptus oil, tea tree, almond oil
  • Tea or coffee
  • Syringe, cone, toothpicks, polyethylene
  • Glass bowl
  • Sketch or stencil drawing
Originally drawing on the skin was sacred meaning, it was believed that certain patterns can protect a person from ills, attract luck and even cure diseases. Over time, the color patterns on the body were just for beauty and self-expression.
Determine the pattern in advance. If desired, you can choose to apply an ornament with a value or create your own pattern. If you doubt your abilities of the artist – it is better to make a stencil.
oriental mehendi patterns

Preparation of the composition for temporary tattoos takes about 24 hours. In some shops, a special henna for the body is sold, but it can be replaced with an ordinary hair dye.
In a glass or ceramic bowl squeeze the juice of 2-x lemons. Sift 40 g of powder through a sieve, filtering out possible debris and impurities. Mix the juice and henna to the state of the paste and, covered with a film, leave for 12 hours in a warm place, but not in the sun.
If you plan to draw a bright orange color, then add a teaspoon of sugar and the same amount of tea tree oil in the paste. Add the lemon juice to the creamy consistency and leave again for 12 hours under the polyethylene.
To get a darker color of the lines, instead of lemon juice, add a strong black tea or coffee with a spoonful of sugar to the half cup. Add the essential oil of eucalyptus or tea tree and also leave for 12 hours at room temperature.
henna and lemon juice - the basis of mehendi paste

Be sure to prepare skin for applying henna tattoos. Treat the body area with a scrub, dry, wipe with alcohol, and then with eucalyptus oil to better consolidate the color.
To obtain thick lines, you can use a syringe or make a special cone. From a piece of film, fold the bag and fasten the edges with adhesive tape. Pour the mixture inside for mehendi and gently trim the tip, forming a small hole. For finer strokes, use a toothpick or brush. To facilitate the work, you can put a picture on the skin with a cosmetic pencil and then simply circle these lines with henna.
cone for henna

From the proper drying and fastening of the paste on the skin depends the color and time of life of the ornament. After biotactuation will be applied completely, it is desirable to substitute it under the sun's rays. When the paste is completely dry, sprinkle the surface with a mixture of lemon juice and sugar (two to one). The minimum for fixing the picture is one hour.

Dry mixture should not be washed off the skin, it must be scraped off with the blunt side of the knife. Then wipe the picture with lemon juice, and after drying with any oil. In the next 4 hours, a temporary tattoo can not be wetted.

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