Choosing to get a tattoo in college was one of the first independent decisions I made about the way I looked. Since then, I’ve gotten at least three to four more and I don’t think I’ll stop until I run out of space. But while tattoos are truly the epitome of self-expression and a great way to record memories you want to keep for the rest of your life, there are moments – whether for professional reasons or special occasions, when the art on our skin needs to take a backseat.
Take Paris Jackson’s transformation for the 2024 Grammys, for instance. Michael Jackson’s daughter is known for her eclectic array of over 80 tattoos, yet she chose to cover them all to complement her elegant black Celine gown on the red carpet. The process, which took a good, few hours, was a testament to the power of makeup in transforming her appearance to suit the mood of the event. More importantly, it complemented the elegance of her gown.
I really believe that in a world of concealment, it’s not about erasing parts of your story but having the control to choose when and how you share them. So here’s a cheeky guide to making your tattoos play hide and seek with just a few makeup products that you already own!
How To Cover Up A Tattoo & The Products You’ll Need
Primers: Kickstart your cover-up with a good, reliable primer; this helps to create a flawless canvas, enhancing makeup longevity and smoothness. It preps your skin by minimising the appearance of pores and fine lines, ensuring a seamless tattoo cover-up.
Colour Correctors: Your next essential is a peach or orange colour corrector. It’s your first defence against the stubborn dark and blue hues of your tattoo, ensuring you need less foundation and concealer later on.
Foundation: Swap out tattoo-specific makeup for a full-coverage foundation you probably already own. Choose one that offers a breathable yet buildable coverage, making it your tattoo’s invisibility cloak.
Concealer: A full-coverage concealer is your ally in the art of disappearance. Opt for a waterproof formula ensuring your tattoo stays under wraps, come rain or shine.
Setting Powder/Spray: Setting powder and spray lock in makeup, providing a smudge-resistant finish. They ensure your tattoo remains concealed, offering a long-lasting, natural look without fading.
When it’s time to bring your tattoos back into view, opt for a gentle makeup remover to cleanse your skin thoroughly, leaving it ready for your next adventure or ink reveal!
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