What is the best tattoo makeup concealer for you?
Just like any other cosmetic product - finding the right makeup concealer for you take patience and a little bit of trial and error.
How well tattoo concealers work depends on your skin and your personal preference. (And of course, your tattoo). Here a couple of tips to get you started.
1. What are the main types of concealers?
There are 2 main ways to conceal a tattoo with makeup:
Option one - Cover up makeup – Usually, this is a liquid product that is applied with a brush. They are often waterproof and are usually pretty robust and rub-broof. This the best option for neck, face and areas that don't rub on clothes.
Option two - Airbrush makeup – In the same way regular makeup can be applied via airbrush, so can tattoo concealer be applied. This can have have a more professional result, but also tends to be more expensive and require more skill to apply.
2. What is your skin type?
Is your skin dry, or oily? Sensitive? Fair, tanned or dark?
A good rule of thumb is that if your skin is dry, stay away from alcohol-based products. If it is well hydrated (and/or oily) a tattoo concealer with an alcohol base might be just what you need.
3. Why are you using a concealer?
I don't mean this is in a judgemental way. This one is purely practical. If you are concealing your tattoo with makeup for a family barbeque for example and you'll be playing football with your brothers, you will probably sweat a lot and you'll need a tattoo concealer that will stick with you even under those conditions.
If you are wearing it to a fancy wedding though, you might be more interested in a concealer that will stay on for lots of hours and not give the game away even if you keep partying into the wee, small hours.
4. How often will you be using this tattoo makeup concealer?
Some types of tattoo concealer are complicated and require a fair amount of time and effort to apply. If you need it for a one-off, that may be fine (and sometimes the results can be worth it).
It's also a good idea to check that application or removal doesn't require special solutions or materials that will expire or be difficult to maintain.
5. What is your Budget? I hate wasting money as much as the next person (maybe more than average actually). There are some cheap (and pretty good) products on the market but sometimes though it is better to buy one, high-quality concealer kit that is going to last you for years.