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How to Temporarily Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup

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How to Temporarily Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup How to Temporarily Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup How to Temporarily Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup

Tattoos look awesome—and these days, it seems like just about everyone 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. 


Ready to get to work? Follow these steps to temporarily conceal a tattoo. We promise it’s easy!

Step 1: Pick the right foundation and concealer pair

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 the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This long-lasting full coverage foundation has a weightless feel and comes in 12 shades. As far as concealer goes, you’re going to want to use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, a palette containing four shades of concealer. Just keep in mind that these products aren’t designed to be waterproof and only offer a temporary way to cover up tattoos.

Step 2: Apply the foundation with a makeup blender

Now that you have your foundation and concealer 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 finish. Apply the 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.

Step 3: Follow up with concealer

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 sponge. 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.

Step 4: Define your face

One side effect of using makeup products that provide a lot of coverage is your face can start to fall a little flat. Combat that by defining your facial features with a bit of bronzer and blush. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer and L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush.

Step 5: Set with face powder

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 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.

Step 6: Use setting spray

If you want your makeup to have even more staying powder, it can’t hurt to follow up with a setting spray. A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray and you’re good to go.

Don’t forget, tattoos aren’t the only thing you can cover up with makeup—duh. Here’s How to Hide Blemishes: Our Best Makeup to Cover Acne.