How to Make Accents in Henna Designs

Henna is a paste, made from crushed leaves and twigs of the henna plant, and has been in use for thousands of years for its skin-dying properties. The best thing about henna tattoos is that unlike permanent tattoos, they are painless and semi-permanent, lasting just seven to ten days. A typical henna tattoo is a flower shape with leaves around it, and accent marks are put around the basic design to give it some detail. Accents are nothing more than points and commas, but they give a nice flow to your henna design. Creating these accents marks does not need any special skills. However, if you are a newcomer to henna tattooing, it is highly recommended you practice henna designs on a glass or plastic sheet before applying it on hands.

Things Required:

– Henna cone (pencil cone is better)
– A printed copy of Henna design
– A transparent Glass sheet (you may use clear plastic sheet instead)
– Tissue paper
– Glitter cone (optional)


  • 1

    Spread the henna design on a table of hard surface and lay a plastic sheet or clear glass on it to cover it completely.

  • 2

    Hold the henna cone between the thumb and your index and middle finger of the right hand (if you are a right-hander). Remember, holding the cone correctly is very important.

  • 3

    Take the pin out of the tip of the cone and squeeze a small amount of henna on a piece of tissue paper. Keep on squeezing until all black and thick henna is gone.

  • 4

    Now start applying the henna on the glass, following the design.

  • 5

    Once you have created your design, the flowers and petals, it’s the time to give it a flow with the accent marks. Squeeze a bit of the henna to make a round point, and then lift it with a bit of curve so that it gets the shape of  a small comma.

  • 6

    Create another comma next to the first one, following the shape of the design. For example if you are creating accent marks around a petal, make the little commas progressively smaller or larger.

  • 7

    Make these points and commas of different sizes to accent your henna tattoos and give them some flow.

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