(Closed) Anyone know how to cover up tattoos?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2316 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try Kat Von D’s line of concealer! You can get it online or at sephora, but it’s supposed to be AWESOME!

Post # 5
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve also heard really good things about air-brush make-up for covering tattoos, and I’m pretty sure it stays put once its on. I think it tends to be a bit pricey though.

Post # 6
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you can definitely get kat von d’s stuff in canada, at sephora!

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i think your tattoos are really beautiful! just curious…are you covering them up because you don’t want them to show or because other people don’t want them to show? i have many tattoos that will be visable on my wedding day, and one of them just happens to be on my back like yours πŸ™‚ would it make fi’s grandma happy to not see it? most likely! but i love it so i’m leaving it visable. my dress practically accentuates it since it’s only got one shoulder strap which happens to be on the opposite shoulder of my tattoo…

if you do decide to cover your tattoos, i will say this…most experiences i’ve had with make-up on tattoos is that it looks just like that…makeup on a tattoo. i covered one of mine up when i was in a friend’s wedding and luckily it was only on my ankle because it looked pretty obvious to me. it was easy to match my skin tone (i used dermablend, by the way) but it was impossible to make it still look like…well…skin! i’m a photographer and shot a client with professionally applied makeup on her arm and every single shot still needed some pretty major retouching because there was a large opaque spot on her arm that just didn’t reflect light the way her actual skin did. it looked great after i photoshopped it, but you can’t exactly photoshop real life.

are you wearing a veil? i bet if wore your veil the whole time, nobody would notice the “makeup on a tattoo” look i described πŸ™‚

Post # 8
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Girl, nothing works. I’m not lying, I’ve tried them all. As my Fiance said, once I tried the Kat Von D concealor, “your tattoos look like those girls that wear too much makeup in the wrong color.” Sheesh. Not the look I was going for on my wedding day. My tattoos are on my arms – one on each upper arm. I don’t really want to cover them up, but if they’re going to show, I’d like them to be touched up first so they look good – so I was going to cover them up. 

Now I’m trying to decide if I’m going to spend the money to get the touched up, or try to find a bolero. 

But I have tried SO many concealer options (MAC, airbrush makeup, Kat Von D, Dermablend….) nothing has worked for me. That’s not to say it won’t for you, though. Good luck! 

Post # 9
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The only tattoo I have was covered by my dress. My sister/MOH’s tattoo was another story and we went CRAZY trying to figure out a way to cover up her HUGE back/shoulder tattoo. And I will echo what Bellamargot and Laylabelle said…nothing works right. 

While your tattoos are not as large as my sister’s (see picture below from my wedding) I think you still probably wouldn’t be happy with any make-up cover up options. We tried every option you could think of, a bunch of kits, air brushing, etc. and they all ended up looking just like what others have said, like make up over a tattoo.

I’d also be interested to hear why you want to cover the tattoos you have. We had a very formal, traditional wedding with many formal, traditional guests. That’s why I was SO insistent upon my sister covering her tattoos for so long. After a while I realized I had to let it go. Yes, the failed cover up attempts played a role in that but it also had something to do with allowing my sister to be herself on my wedding day despite any potentially judgy/negative reactions from friends and family. And the bride should for sure be able to let her personality shine on the wedding day…tattoos and all! 

If you still want to cover your tattoos, I would honestly recommend a bolero/shrug or other clothing type coverup. I just don’t think you’d be happy with a make up cover.

My advice would be to let your tattoos shine in all their beauty (and they are beautiful). Unless you are truly unhappy with them on a daily basis and not just for the wedding, reconsider covering them up. And…there is always photoshop if you don’t want the tattoos in your photos! 

And finally, the picture of my sister’s tattoo. It’s huge! No covering that thing up… πŸ™‚ 


Post # 10
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love this thread! I was considering covering up my tattoo, but I also don’t like it much anymore and was considering permanent removal (I got it when I was 18, it was good for a while but it’s not “me” anymore). But I knew I would want to have it covered with another tattoo eventually, so I’m going to go ahead with that, instead of trying to conceal it altogether. It’s such a tricky situation though – I always imagined pictures of my wedding without realizing that my tattoo would be showing. But it’s not that I really mind people seeing my tattoo, and I figure if I REALLY want to, I can have the photographer ‘remove’ it in Photoshop. But I don’t think that’s really necessary. I agree with the previous posts – it’s part of me, so why not show it off on my wedding day?

Incidentally, the only day I can get in to have the cover-up done is the day before my appointment to go try on/put a deposit on my dress! I’ll have to just try it on with the bandage still on my shoulder.

Post # 12
293 posts
Helper bee

i was wondering about this too! i have a small flower on my right shoulderblade…but i’m really concerned that if i cover it with makeup, when my friends/family hug me it will wipe off on to their clothing/smear and look terrible.  i think i’m going to have to just let it be and have the photographer remove it on the computer πŸ™‚  it’s only about an inch long.

Post # 13
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think your tattoos are BEAUTIFUL!!! and I think that  a strapless dress would look great with them!

Post # 14
360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I agree with other posters…nothing works! I was contemplating cover one of my tattoos up and bought some stage makeup. I tried it out on a tattoo I have that I can actually reach and it looked AWFUL!! I have since decided to get the tattoo covered PERMENANTELY with something I like. I don’t mind showing them, they are part of me.  My dad on the other hand isn’t too thrilled πŸ™

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