What is the best tattoo cover up?
(Updated Jan 2020) You have to love a tattoo! There is no more personal piece of adornment, no better way of expressing yourself.
But sometimes, there are times when you want to conceal your tattoo.
Maybe it's a job interview- that dream job you have been chasing for the last years. Maybe it's meeting your new boyfriend's Mum who "hates tattoos". Maybe your wedding dress doesn't work with a tattoo. Maybe you regret your tattoo (and as a bonus - here's our guide to ensure you don't regret your tattoo.)
Whatever the reason, if you are going to cover up your tattoo, you are going to want to do it properly.
Google "Tattoo Makeup Concealer" and you'll get so much advice that is often conflicting and quite honestly, often just plain wrong.
So we have put together our Ultimate Guide to concealing a tattoo with makeup so that you'll know all the answers, once and for all.
Let's start with the question that many people start with; "Do tattoo concealers work?"
The answer is - they absolutely can but it is worth taking the time to understand how they work and which way is the right way to go for you.
We have a quick 20 second quiz for you to take if you are unsure if your tattoo is a good candidate to be covered.
What are your options when covering a tattoo?
The solution is going to vary hugely depending on where your tattoo is, how heavy it is and how much colour is in it. Some of these tips might seem obvious, but sometimes all it takes to cover up your tattoo is to think outside the box a little.
Option 1: Cover it with something physical
One of the most popular spots for a tattoo (at least for ladies) is on the wrists. if that is you - you might take the easy road and cover it with a thick bracelet.
Cuff bracelet's not your style? You might be surprised - there are a lot of options out there. Here are some ideas from Etsy to get you started. For men, think about a large watch and tighten the strap to keep everything in place and covered up.
Same deal with an ankle or foot tattoo. Maybe you were planning on sandals but what about the idea of rocking boots with your summer dress and do the boho thing and take the easiest road to cover up.
Option 2: Cover it with ordinary concealer.
It's a question I get asked all the time: "Can you cover a tattoo with ordinary concealer?" The answer is "it depends."
If your tattoo is small and somewhere inconspicuous, you may be able to get away with using just regular concealer. My advice here is - try it and see if it works for you.
One expert tip that might help you pull it off it to use a red lipliner over the design first. Sounds crazy, I know but the idea is that it is easier to tone in red than black into your skin tone.
Here's how one expert, Benjamin Puckley suggests you think about it.
"It might help to think of executing a tattoo cover-up with makeup as a really advanced colour-correcting project. Depending on the intensity of the blue or purple, you need a deeper orange or salmon tone [to neutralize it],"
But if your tattoo has more brown in it, I like to use a more pink-based tone."
Option 3: (yes this one is our favourite) Use concealer specially formulated to cover tattoos.
What is different about specific tattoo concealers?
Typically, tattoo concealer is thicker than standard concealer. Some products (like ours) are designed to work only for tattoos, while others act more as all-rounders and are designed to cover up scars, discolourations and varicose veins.
The purpose of this article is to offer the very best information on covering up tattoos so the tip here is don't multitask. Go with the tattoo concealer.
The other baseline here is this. Make sure your concealer is waterproof. Even if you aren't going near the water. It's a horrible feeling trying to convince yourself not to sweat and then being worried about smudging. Honestly, life is too short.
If you aren't sure where to buy tattoo makeup concealer - this blog should help you out.