Cuticle Tattoos

Cuticle Tattoos

Here’s something for everyone who does not have nails long enough for a fancy manicure or those foils which give you instant and elaborate designs. A combination of nail wraps and cuticle transfers, it focusses the attention on your fingers rather than your nails.

The tropical theme turns your fingertips into pineapples and colourful birds – the tattoos are the heads and leaves – and, although I would also recommend cutting each piece out carefully before attempting to apply it, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Daughter #1 tried these out for me and this is what she had to say:

“As a long time nail-biter, this was something I felt I could work with. They were easy to apply although I had to resist the temptation to pair the bird’s heads with the wrong bodies. The whole process took less than five minutes and I was surprised how easy the cuticle transfers were compared to fake tattoos I’ve tried to apply in the past.

Overall I was pleased as they made my nails appear longer and the design was quite eye catching. I received many surprised comments and jokes from friends and co-workers (to whom I may have ‘flipped the bird’…)

Unfortunately, the heads of the birds did not survive as long as their bodies did, which made my fingernails a bit confusing afterwards. But I give them 7 out of 10 and would wear them again.”

Having also tried these myself, I would add that it took me considerably longer than 5 minutes to get the wraps in place, then the cuticle tattoos stayed pristine for about as long as it took to get my phone from my bag. I should probably have let them ‘set’ for a bit longer before I tried doing anything useful with the rest of my day, but they were very striking whilst they lasted.

Glow in the Dark Tattoos

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It was impossible to take a photo of these in action, but I can tell you that they work really well. Like all transfers, you cut them to size, apply to the skin and soak off the protective paper with water.

Although they are technically invisible in the daylight, you can see the shiny plastic backing sticking to your skin if you look closely enough. In the dark, however, they glow brightly, and last for well over a week if you are careful what toiletries you use… oil-based skin lotions or bath products will remove them right away, which would be a waste.

We bought these on Takeshita dori for ¥600. Daughter #2 went out carousing wearing the necklace and bracelet versions, I simply lay in bed and admired mine in the dark.