The New "Body Marbling" Trend Is Must-See Stuff, People

Like temporary tats on LSD.

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The best way we can think to describe body marbling, a new trend making the rounds on the festival scene, is what it would look like if you took a bath with 100 of Lush's bath bombs (opens in new tab) and the swirls of kaleidoscope colors literally *transferred* onto your skin.

The brainchild of body painting company Black Light Visuals, the technique consists of filling tubs up with water and skin-safe acrylic paint, then having people dip their limbs in the mixture to create colorful, marbleized imprints.

What keeps it from getting all over your denim cut-offs and crop tops? That'd be priming the skin with a salt solution, which helps the paint stick, then holding your choice limbs under a dryer.

We are very much here for taking temporary tattoos to the next level. The question is: Do you think we can pull off a Lauren-Satlowski-style face marbling situation?

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.