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Tattoos look awesome—and these days, it seems like just about everyone you know has one (or more!). Whether you opt for a design that has a special meaning to you (like an inspirational quote) or you just like the way it looks, getting a tattoo can be a way to show off your personality and your unique sense of style. Of course, you know that tattoos are permanent (duh)—and obviously you love showing yours off. But if you do have any tattoos, chances are there some occasions in which you may want to considering covering them up for a little while. Perhaps you have a job interview coming up or you’re meeting your S.O.’s parents for the first time—depending on the situation, you may feel more comfortable hiding your tattoos temporarily. Whatever the case, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to conceal a tattoo for a short time with the right makeup products. Phew. Want to learn how to temporarily disguise your tattoos with makeup? Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial—using concealer, foundation, and a couple of handy-dandy makeup blenders—to hide your tattoos.
When it comes to masking a tattoo for a short period of time, having the right makeup products on hand is key.
The first one you’ll want at your disposal is a full coverage foundation. Using this type of foundation is key as it’ll serve as the base of your tattoo-concealing routine and help ensure that you don’t need to use a ton of concealer afterwards. In need of a full coverage foundation recommendation? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered—literally. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This long-lasting full coverage foundation has a weightless feel and comes in 12 shades so that you can easily find one that pairs best with your skin tone and you won’t have to be nervous about it coming off midway through the day.
As far as concealer goes, you’re going to want to use a palette of creamy concealers so that you have a variety of choices that you can mix and match to create your perfect custom shade. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, a palette containing four shades of concealer, fits the bill just right.
You may also want to consider using a color corrector to help hide your tattoo. If your tattoo has red in it, for example, a green color corrector, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Green, can help neutralize the appearance of the red tones in your tattoo—and thus cut down on the amount of foundation and concealer you’ll need to apply on top of it.
Editor’s tip: Keep in mind that foundation, concealer, and color corrector aren’t designed to be waterproof and only offer a temporary way to cover up tattoos.
Ready to get to work and hide a tattoo? Follow these steps to temporarily conceal a tattoo with makeup. We promise it’s easy!
Before moving on to the concealing portion of this tutorial, it’s important to prep your tattoo for makeup application with a primer. Primer can help ensure you have a smooth base to apply the rest of your makeup as well as allow your makeup to wear evenly throughout the day. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. Apply an even layer over your tattoo, then you’re ready to move on to the next step.
This step is optional—if you have a tattoo that’s colored, then you may want to start concealing with a color correcting crayon. Choose one that you know will help mask the appearance of the colors in your tattoo.
Now that you have your foundation ready to go, it’s time to apply it. The best way to apply your foundation to help temporarily hide a tattoo is by using a makeup blender to help create a more even, seamless finish. Apply a full coverage foundation to the pointed tip of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, then blend it out onto your tattoo using the rounded edge. Build up coverage as needed until the majority of your tattoo is disguised.
Next up is concealer! Use the shade from the palette that most closely matches your skin tone, or mix a couple together to get your perfect match. As with the foundation, apply the concealer with a makeup blender. Put a small amount onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, dabbing the concealer on top of the foundation until you’ve completely concealed your tattoo.
We’re betting you want your tattoos to stay covered until you’re ready to wash your makeup off, which means it’s a good idea to set everything with a face powder. Use a fluffy brush dipped in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder to set your makeup and keep the concealer and foundation from disappearing as the day goes on.
If you want your makeup to have even more staying powder, it can’t hurt to follow up with a makeup setting spray. A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray and you’re good to go.
Once you’re ready to show your tattoo to the world again, it’s time to take off your makeup. Reach for a micellar water, a no-rinse cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Look for a micellar water that has the ability to remove waterproof and long-wear makeup (since that’s what you covered your tattoo up with!). Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your tattoo until all of the makeup comes away. Follow up with a body lotion and you’re good to go.
Using foundation and concealer isn’t the only way to disguise a tattoo. If you don’t have the time to work through an entire makeup routine, then you can settle for a quick fix. If your tattoo is on your neck, for example, simply wear your hair down to cover it. You can also wear a scarf or thick, chunky necklace to conceal a neck tattoo.
If your tattoo is on your wrist, pop on a large bangle bracelet to disguise it. Of course, if the bracelet moves up and down your wrist, you could risk exposing your tattoo. If your tattoo is on your arm (whether it’s small or large) wear a shirt with sleeves that can cover it. And if your tattoo is on your ankle or foot, put on tights and shoes that mask it. When you’re in a rush and need to hide a tattoo ASAP, choosing the right clothing and accessories will help you do exactly that.
It goes without saying that your tattoo is beautiful and a great expression of your personality—so show it off whenever you can!
That being said, don’t forget that tattoos aren’t the only thing you can cover up with makeup—duh. You can hide pimples, too. Not sure how to do that? Here’s How to Hide Blemishes: Our Best Makeup to Cover Acne.