Bling your skin

Sum­mer’s most non­com­mit­tal trend is here and whether you’re plan­ning a day at the beach or din­ner with friends, you’ll want to be seen with this

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EVER wanted to get a tat­too but don’t want it un­til death do you part? Well, say hello to tem­po­rary metal­lic jew­ellery tat­toos.

Celebri­ties like Bey­once, Alessandra Am­bro­sio and Aerin Lauder have all em­braced what we think is one of sum­mer’s hottest trends and what Vogue is call­ing a beauty and fash­ion phe­nom­e­non.

Bey­once was spot­ted sport­ing gold and sil­ver tat­toos while on hol­i­day in Paris.

The tem­po­rary tat­toos are meant to mimic jew­ellery and take just 10 min­utes to set on your skin after be­ing sten­cilled on with wa­ter.

As with all trends in the fash­ion and beauty world, metal­lic tem­po­rary tat­too jew­ellery is not a com­pletely brand new trend. In 2012 fash­ion house Christian Dior teamed up with French jew­ellery de­signer Camille Miceli and in­tro­duced an el­e­gant and very pricey, $120 (about R1 300 now) limited-edi­tion set that in­cluded cuffs, chokers, ear­rings and bracelets made of ac­tual 24-carat gold mi­cro par­ti­cles. Now if you are not keen on spend­ing that much on some­thing that lasts for six days, you don’t have to.

On­line store OhOneOne, which is part owned by South African pre­sen­ter Roxy Burger, stocks the metal­lic tat­toos at a steal. Sarash Mitchell, di­rec­tor of the on­line store, said that they first no­ticed the trend in London.

“Dur­ing sum­mer in London we saw that peo­ple had started sport­ing the tat­toos and we thought that it would be per­fect for South Africans who wanted to stay on trend and, of course, hav­ing celebri­ties wear them too has also cre­ated a buzz about the tat­toos,” she said.

“We are one of the first re­tail­ers in the coun­try to sell them, and ever since our first sale, we have seen an in­crease in de­mand for them,” she said.

Mitchell said that the tat­toos were fast be­com­ing a hit be­cause of how dif­fer­ent they were. “It is not some­thing we have seen be­fore on the South African mar­ket which is why it has be­come so popular. Peo­ple like that it’s dif­fer­ent and fresh,” she said.

Lo­cal celebri­ties have also been sport­ing the trend – Bonang Matheba, Shashi Naidoo and of course Roxy Burger have all been seen wear­ing them.

“It looks great against a good tan and I love that it takes a few min­utes to ap­ply and lasts for about 6 days. It is wa­ter resistant, and whether you are swimming or go­ing out for din­ner, it’s on you un­til you want it off,” Naidoo said.

Matheba said that it was a great ac­ces­sory. “If you are like me and love ex­tra ac­ces­sories then th­ese tat­toos are some­thing you must have,” she said.

Bey­once has em­braced the metal­lic tem­po­rary tat­too trend.

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