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
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.