The girl had her back painted (or tattooed) and was dressing up for a wedding or some special event and for some reason it never went away it just got more vivid. I think it was gold and red. I think the tattoo had something to do with magic.

I think they were in the market at some point and somebody told her the story about how she made eyes at a man and they got married

The book was probably from the 2000s

I believe the book was set on the middle east/Arabian area


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

This review mentions Lia's going through the painstaking process of having a wedding kavah tattooed on her back (like a henna tattoo but a little more painful). And one previous searcher remembers the tattoo as supposed to be temporary but in Lia's case, as she doesn’t marry, it becoming more and more vivid.

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