How To Coverup Tattoos for Your Wedding

Q: My wedding is coming up and my wedding dress dips down and shows my black and grey tattoo. I would like to cover it up for the day but not ruin my wedding dress. Any ideas on what products work the best?

Q: I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and she asked if I could cover up my tattoos.  Any ideas on what I can use?

 A: There’s a lot of products on the market that you can use to temporarily cover up a tattoo.  Some of them are expensive if you are just using it for one day, but it may be worth it if the day is important to you.  A good makeup artist should be able to cover up the tattoo for you, but if you aren’t having a pro do your make up, here’s a great video that will walk you through covering up your tattoo with some basic drug store products.  We recommend trying makeup you buy for the wedding before the big day so you have an idea if the technique/product will work for you. Keep in mind, not all makeup works for every skin type or every tattoo.  Some tattoos will require more, some may require less.

If that seems like too much work, here’s a few products that may be worth you looking into:

Kat Von D LockIt Tattoo FoundationKat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Kat Von D is known for her tattoo skills, TV persona and her awesome makeup.  Fans of her products swear by them.  Some recommend using the Lock It concealer and powder with this foundation for coverage and staying power.  Available at major beauty stores like Sephora or online.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge HEAVY DUTY CONCEALER

Hard Candy Glamoflauge

According to this products description, it’s a heavy duty, highly pigmented, blendable concealer that provides the ultimate coverage. Create a flawless surface by covering birth marks, freckles, dark circles and even tattoos!  Available in many shades, available in stores and online.

Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Make-Up

Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Make-Up

Dermablend is known for it’s coverage.  Available in creams, sticks, concealers, powders … if you perfer a specific consistency, they make it. It’s no more expensive than other high end foundations and boasts 16 hour wear.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer

I happen to love It Cosmetics and this concealer. Don’t only use it under eyes. It covers my wrist tattoo, when combined with the It Celebration foundation.  It’s also waterproof so its a win-win.  Available online and in major cosmetics stores.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eraser

Kat Von D Tattoo Eraser

A light pink pencil that counteracts the dark blue and black ink of tattoos for serious concealing power.  Available in Sephora, major cosmetics chains and online.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer

Makeup Forever gets rave reviews from many people, even Kim Kardashian.  It’s designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. Customer reviews say it doesn’t move, it’s waterproof and sticks like glue.  Sounds great to cover tattoos, but I’m not sure I want to use something that sticks like glue under my eyes.

Bottom line: From my own experience in covering my tattoos, you robably will need several steps to get full coverage, but your results may vary.  You may find one product covers all in one step, where as other products may take multiple steps and different products to get the desired effect.  It also depends on your tattoo and skin.  So many variables!

Got a favorite product or tip to share?  How do you cover your tattoos for special events?  Let me know in the comments!

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