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Why TEMPTU

From the red carpet to the runway, TEMPTU has created showstopping looks for some of the most iconic faces in fashion, music, and film. Now, we’re bringing the flawless finish loved by makeup artists and image makers to you.

Our breakthrough formula first turned heads in 1981’s cult classic film Tattoo, where we introduced our original TEMPTU paint formula and tattoo ink transfer. It became an overnight success with Hollywood makeup professionals and soon our body paints and cosmetics were in high demand. In 1996, we revolutionized the pro cosmetics industry with the introduction of our airbrush foundation. The unparalleled flawless finish of TEMPTU’s formulas has  made our brand an industry go-to for decades.

As much as we love seeing our products in the hands of pros and on the stage and screen, we believe in celebrating the beauty of every woman. It’s our mission to make our groundbreaking technology and advanced makeup formulations accessible to you. We changed the game when we engineered a system to take ordinary makeup application to the next level—in 2009, we launched the very first easy-to-use, home airbrush makeup system. Finally, every woman could achieve flawless makeup application with professional results by combining the sleek AIRbrush Makeup System with our exclusive AIRpod™ Makeup.

TEMPTU is proud to be the face of modern beauty, setting the standard for professional and at-home cosmetics.  Believing that every woman deserves to put her best face forward, we continue to innovate to make effortless, camera-ready radiance a reality for everyone, whether you’re dodging the paparazzi or dashing to the corner store.

Bright beginnings, flawless finish. A look back at 30 years of TEMPTU.
  • 1981

    TEMPTU steps into the Hollywood spotlight with a line of exceptional body paints and cosmetics.
  • 1981

    Dr. Samuel Zuckerman invents the TEMPTU DURA formula and tattoo ink transfer system for the cult classic film, Tattoo.
  • 1990

    TEMPTU’s ink transfer system becomes the gold standard in Temporary Body Art, appearing on Johnny Depp in the John Waters classic Cry-Baby.
  • 1992

    Vogue features tattoo-inspired TEMPTU body art in a 10-page editorial spread for Jean-Paul Gaultier.
  • 1993

    TEMPTU Classic Beauty Mark gives top model Christy Turlington a dose of golden age glamour.
  • 1996

    TEMPTU launches professional airbrush formulas Aqua™ and DURA™.
  • 1997

    TEMPTU is featured on the runways of Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Anna Sui and John Galliano.
  • 2000

    TEMPTU PRO DURA™, makeup transforms Rebecca Romijin into X-Men’s bodaciously blue-bodied Mystique.
  • 2001

    Sparkling pop tarts Kelis and Britney Spears rock TEMPTU’s new Body Jewels with Swarovski crystals.
  • 2002

    TEMPTU goes hi-def with their ground-breaking silicone S/B™ formula and its unparalleled flawless finish.
  • 2003

    Key Makeup Artist Bernadette Mazur uses TEMPTU to create Nicole Kidman’s porcelain look in The Stepford Wives.
  • 2006

    TEMPTU launches Invisible Difference Powder - a truly flawless finishing touch to its signature soft-focus look.
  • 2007

    Ralph Siciliano uses TEMPTU to create custom body art for an 18-page Steven Meisel story for Italian Vogue.
  • 2009

    TEMPTU introduces the AIRbrush Makeup System with AIRpod Technology, created for easy, at-home use and quickly becomes the beauty breakthrough of the 21st century.
  • 2010

    TEMPTU and House of Dereon create Special Edition Adorn Tattoo Kit inspired by Beyonce’s fall ad campaign.
  • 2011

    The makeup department at The Voice led by Darcy Gilmore makes sure the faces of the hit show are as beautiful as the voices with TEMPTU.
  • 2011

    Makeup artist, Will Lemon III and the TEMPTU artistry team turn Lady Gaga into the "living dead" for her Born This Way video.
  • 2011

    TEMPTU custom tattoos transform actress Rooney Mara into Lisbeth Salander for the cover of W Magazine.
  • 2012

    Emily Maynard of the Bachlorette uses TEMPTU everyday on the show.

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