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Can makeup actually cover tattoos?

Maybe you got a tattoo you regret, but you aren’t willing to endure a laser removal. Or maybe you’re meeting your SO’s traditional family and don’t want to make a bad first impression. Whatever the reason, there will likely come a time when you want to cover up your tattoos.

What’s the best makeup to use?

Allure compiled a list of some of the best options

The options listed include one waterproof foundation, Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face, and Body SPF 15. With summer upon us, this option would be well-suited for trips to the pool or beach. 

If smudging is a concern of yours, the Jordane cosmetics total tattoo coverage palette could be the perfect fix. Professional makeup artist Fiona Stiles, featured in Allure’s article, boasts that these kits allow for coverage that doesn’t budge or transfer.

How it works

Covering up a tattoo with makeup is unlike applying everyday foundation. Your go-to foundation might not do the trick when it comes to covering up a tattoo. Much like concealing acne or hickeys, color-correcting products are your best friend. Allure describes the process of covering tattoos with makeup as “a really advanced color-correcting project.” 

To cancel out the blue and purple tones in black tattoo ink, an orange concealer works best, or another warm color like red or pink. 

Of course, not all tattoos are done with only black ink. A technique that can be used for colorful tattoos is to start by drawing over the tattoo with a light eyeliner. Depending on the shade of your skin, this could range from a white liner to a dark peach liner. This develops a base coverage before going over the area with concealer.

For specific steps on how to cover a tattoo, refer to professional makeup artist Andrew Velázquez’s step-by-step guide.

If you’d rather follow along with a video, there are countless tutorials available on YouTube. Shop around for a video that fits your needs — price range (some videos use only drug store makeup) and skin tone are important factors to consider.

But does it actually work?

Yes, it is possible to cover tattoos with makeup. However, near-perfect coverage will likely require expensive products and a good deal of expertise. 

If you’re interested in watching an especially impressive cover-up, TikTok user @angelamazzanti shared a video of herself covering two sleeves and tattoos on her torso with Dermablend makeup.

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