Even if you love your ink 362 days a year, on days 363, 364, and 365 you might find yourself in any of the following scenarios: Walking down the aisle in an off-the-shoulder gown. Meeting your new boyfriend’s conservative parents. Interviewing with someone who might mistakenly think your knuckle tattoos mean you don’t always make great decisions. Whatever your reason for wanting to cover-up your tats, ahead you'll find 9 options that'll keep your ink under cover.
Hard Candy Light 312 Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer with Concealer Pencil
A super-bargain in the covering game, this two-piece kit hides a multitude of ink, and at $6 it's affordable enough to use on the regular. First, pencil over your dolphin, or sugar skull, or celtic cross, or whatever you’re looking to hide. Then blot on the concealer cream using a little sponge. Finish with your own translucent powder and no one will ever know that you once thought Twilight was, like, the best movie ever.
Sephora Collection Mini Sponge Set
A key step in making your cover-up invisible: blurring out the product. Stippling a sponge over the borders between your now-invisible ink and your skin will create a seamless transition.
Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
Who better to concoct a tattoo cover-up than a woman covered in them — quite literally — from head to toe? While technically designed as a standard heavy-duty facial foundation, Kat Von D’s Lock It is opaque enough to cover even the heaviest ink — and it comes in 24 shades. Just be sure to dust on translucent powder in between layers to set the product.
Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
...and here’s the powder to get the job done. Whatever cover-up you’re using, you’ll probably be applying around three layers of your primary, base product. Between each, you’ll want to dust on a totally transparent setting powder like this one from Nars.
It Cosmetics Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110
While any foundation brush will do a decent job of applying the product you’ve chosen to hide your ink, this flat-topped take is ideal for use on the body, allowing you to build up coverage on a larger plane, i.e., arms, legs, bellies, etc.
Dermablend Cover Creme
This stuff has been makeup artists’ go-to for covering everything from birthmarks to bruises for decades — and it works just as well on tattoos. It’s resistant to smudging and pretty much stays put until you wash it off. Oh, and therein lies the only problem with this product. It’s incredibly tough to remove. The pro MUA solution? A dollop of coconut oil.
Exuviance Multi-Function Concealer
When used as a concealer, this product earns five star ratings no matter where you look — and with good reason. It’s so totally opaque it covers things like under-eye circles, no problem--and its just as talented at disguising ink.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream
This little tube holds another MUA favorite for hiding tattoos. The creamy formula goes on thick, so stipple it out with a blending sponge — bouncing rather than rubbing to avoid pulling off the product.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
It certainly wasn’t designed for covering up tattoos, but Charlotte Tilbury’s full-coverage foundation somehow manages to hide ink and leave behind a weightless, luminous finish.
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