Tattoos are a popular form of body art, but there are times when they can be an inconvenience. Whether it’s for a film or TV role, a wedding, a job interview, or a meeting with a judgemental family member, sometimes it’s better to hide that ink from view.
Fortunately, covering tattoos is one of the most common jobs makeup artists have to do.
Here are our top tips for temporarily hiding your body art.
- Start by preparing the tattooed area with an alcohol wipe to clean the skin and remove excess oil from the pores.
- Cover the area with a small amount of oil-free primer. This helps the colour to hold better. Wait for the primer to dry before moving to the next step.
- Using a full-coverage concealer, start to cover the tattoo using a stippling or dabbing motion. Take extra care if you’re covering a black outline, as black ink often turns blue.
- Next, ensure you have a concealer that matches the skin tone exactly. Sometimes it’s a good idea to have two concealers to hand – one lighter and one darker – and blend them for a more natural look. Apply the concealer with a flat, synthetic brush on top of the full-coverage concealer. Take care not to blend the colour away as you would a foundation, but pat the colour on so it stays.
- Apply an invisible loose powder over the top with a fluffy eye shadow brush to set the makeup. Take care not to brush back and forth as this will remove the makeup.
- Depending on how long you require makeup to hold you can use a setting spray or sealer to stop it from rubbing off on clothes.