Last week, I complimented a coworker on her stack of gleaming, solid gold statement rings—only to learn that they were actually a set of gilded temporary tattoos. The metallic wrap-around strips looked remarkably real, offering all the visual impact of a set of slim Saint Laurent 24K-plated bands or a bold Repossi Cage piece.
Decorative gold and silver body jewelry—in the form of stenciled-on delicate chain bracelets, laurel necklaces, and festival-ready feathers that seem to float across the skin—has become a beauty-and-fashion phenomenon in recent months, turning up on everyone from Alessandra Ambrosio and Carolina Herrera de Báez to Aerin Lauder. Around the Fashion Style Magazine office, press-on pieces from Flash Tattoos and Lulu DK, which transfer onto the skin with a bit of water and take about ten minutes to set, have become something of a full-blown obsession, too.
Flash Tattoos, from $20; flashtat.com
Lulu DK Jewelry Tattoos, from $22; bloomingdales.com