Updated March 26, 2020
Face painting is great for a lot of things–from kids’ parties to body painting adult events. But face paint also has it’s limitations: some kids don’t like getting their faces touched and it comes off in pools or sprinklers. Temporary tattoos are a really great alternative to traditional face painting, and Kaleidoscope offers three different types in CT, MA, RI, NH for all sorts of events!
Glitter tattoos are a really quick and easy. The majority of where we do glitter tattoos is at client’s home parties as an add-on for face painting and balloon twisting. We have tons of fun designs, from flowers and hearts to scorpions and skulls. So yes–boys love them too!
How they’re applied: Using FDA-approved adhesive, we use stencils and cosmetic glitter to apply bright and shiny designs along the hands or feet. Our set up is quick and small, and lots of fun to watch!
Best used for: Glitter tattoos are great for large events with lots of children to get through or as an add-on for face paint or balloon twisting packages. And yes, boys love them to!
Guests per hour: Up to 20
Safety: Our FDA-approved adhesive is medical grade but DOES contain latex. Our glitter is cosmetic grade meaning there are no sharp edges, so it’s safe around eyes and little kids! (Kaleidoscope is striving to maintain the highest safety standards in our field. We hope including all of these details is helpful to moms and event organizers!)
Color and Customization: Guests are given up to 30 design choices and 9 colors to mix and match. Additional designs and colors can be created with 1 month notice, and customization fees apply.
Care and removal: Glitter tattoos last up to 5 days, even if they get wet! To remove, use rubbing alcohol or just soak and scrub.
May not be right for you: If you want realistic-looking tattoos.
Airbrush tattoos are great for big audiences. These black tribal-looking designs are the closest to real tattoos you can get!
How they’re applied: Using an airbrush and stencils, we spray an alcohol-based cosmetic onto the client’s skin, then set with powder. It’s pretty simple and fast!
Best used for: Large events of all ages. We have a 2 hour minimum since our set up takes a while.
Guests per hour: Up to 30
Safety: Because the paint is alcohol-based, it would sting your eyes! We don’t apply it to any faces, but other than that it is safe to go on skin and contains no allergens. Here’s a safety sheet provided by the manufacturer.
Color and Customization: Guests are given over 100+ all-black designs to choose from. Custom designs and colors can be created with 1 month notice, and customization fees apply.
Care and removal: Airbrush tattoos can get wet and last up to a week. To remove, use rubbing alcohol or just submerge and scrub.
May not be right for you: If you want to entertain toddlers or infants (the machine can look like a shot to little ones) or you’re having a short event.
Henna is a traditional South Asian body art form that is applied on hands, feet, or anywhere else in gorgeous patterns. Our artists can come with pre-made designs, or take requests! This is one of the most popular things we offer for small parties for teens and adults.
How they’re applied: Using a cone of henna paste, we free-draw intricate designs onto the skin. The paste takes about 30 minutes to dry, during which you can’t smudge it! For the next few hours you’ll keep the paste on you as it sinks into the top level of your skin, and before you to go bed at night, you can flake it off over a sink or toilet. By the next morning, you’ll have a beautiful deep-red tattoo to show off! (Below, you’ll see two images: freshly-applied paste and the day after.)
Best used for: Ages 10+. We generally will not put henna on anyone younger than ten because of long drying time and it’s potential to stain clothes. However, it is GREAT for Sweet 16 birthdays, clubs, baby showers, maternity bellies, and anywhere else adults want a unique and classy temporary tattoo!
Guests per hour: 7-25, depending on the design size. Client can specify.
Safety: We use only Jamila Henna Powder, imported straight from Pakistan and made of the highest quality ingredients. Henna ingredients are unfortunately not FDA-screened, so we use only this reputable manufacturer, known for their high-quality product.
Color and Customization: Depending on client’s size specifications, guests are presented with 20-50 of our favorite designs. Design customizations are easily created upon guests’ requests, as long as they agree with the client’s choice of design size (and client’s goal of guests-served-per-hour). Please note that all henna tattoos done with safe home-made paste are a dark-brown to deep-red color on the skin, depending on the skin type.
Care and removal: It’s pretty simple: leave on the paste as long as possible, then you’re good to go for 2-4 weeks! Check out this handy guide for even more details. Henna cannot be removed easily because it dyes the top layers of your skin, but exfoliating the area regularly will shorten how long it remains on your skin.
May not be right for you: If you’re entertaining young children or you plan on getting wet afterwards.
Flash tattoos are the newest trend, as seen on Beyonce and instagram.
How they’re applied: Similar to stick-on-tattoos from the 80’s and 90’s, these just go on with a sponge and water. But their metallic sheen makes them look like jewelry!
Best used for: Teens, teens, and adults, but kids love them too! They’re just most popular with the older age groups since the designs are a little more sophisticated.
Guests per hour: 10-20
Safety: No allergens here! Just regular temporary tattoos, plus water.
Color and Customization: Guests can choose from up to 60 gold or silver designs. Custom designs in gold, silver, or black can be created with 2 months notice as we will need time to have them manufactured and shipped; customization fee will apply.
Care and removal: Flash tattoos last 2-4 days and are waterproof, or easily removed with soap and water and scrubbing.
May not be right for you: You’re looking for something colorful or for young kids.