The Best Makeup for a Tattoo Cover Up

By Hannah Liddle - 2 years ago | Updated
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We love tattoos at Cosmetify - but we’re aware that there are times you may want to cover up. Whether it’s for an important job interview or a meet-up with family who highly disapprove, a quick fix concealer solution is all you need to hide any ink that may be adorning your body and save you from that dreaded lecture from your granny.

We’ve rounded up the very best makeup products that’ll keep your tattoos, both big and small, a secret, should you so wish. We’ve even included a primer and setting spray to make sure they stayed covered for as long as you need.

bareMinerals Original Smoothing Face Primer

bareMinerals Original Smoothing Face Primer

Before you begin you want to make sure the concealers and foundations stay put – otherwise your tattoo could start poking out at a critical time! The bareMinerals primer is an award-winning product that smooths out the skin pre-makeup. The appearance of tattoos will be blurred so that the makeup can cover it more effectively.

Super Facialist Skin Perfecting Primer

Super Facialist Skin Perfecting Primer

Another great priming option is this colour correcting formula from Super Facialist. Not only does it help you makeup last longer, but it also tackles specific concerns when concealing tattoos. For example, the orange shade helps minimise pigmentation, while the green helps neutralise any redness – perfect for bold, brightly coloured tattoos.

Sigma Beauty F82 Round Kabuki Brush

Sigma Beauty F82 Round Kabuki Brush

To achieve flawless results, you need the perfect makeup brushes to apply liquid and cream foundations. This kabuki brush from Sigma is a go-to for full coverage. Buff and blend until you get your desired results.

Inika Vegan Kabuki Brush

Inika Vegan Kabuki Brush

On the other hand, this Inika brush is ideal for covering larger tattoos on the body. It works with cream, liquid and powder products. Simply apply your foundation to the area you want to cover and use the brush to buff the product into the skin. The easy-to-grip handle means it’s a stress-free process that takes no time at all.

beautyblender Original

beautyblender Original

For covering large areas, the beautyblender makeup sponge is another great option. Bounce and blend colour correctors and foundations across the skin until you achieve a natural-looking finish. It provides a streak-free look which means even, all-over coverage.

Sigma Beauty Iconic Brush Set

Sigma Beauty Iconic Brush Set

If one brush won’t cut the mustard, then take a look at this Sigma BeautyIconic Brush Set. The brush set contains five face brushes that help you expertly blend your way to a full coverage look. They are perfect for covering small and medium tattoos that need finer detailing.

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

For more comprehensive colour correcting get your hands on the Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette. Carefully apply the creams and powders accordingly to neutralise the colours of your tattoo. This will keep your skin tone looking even and balanced when the makeup is applied.

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Next up is the actual makeup! Not only do you want full coverage, but you want staying power. No use covering tattoos if they smudge or melt off throughout the day. Choose this iconic Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer for a formula that just won't budge. This luxury product beats the heats and humidity, staying in place for up to 24 hours.

MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation

MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation

Designed specifically for your body, this thick and full-coverage fluid foundation is excellent at covering big, bold tattoos. It’s also incredibly hydrating so you won’t have to worry about it drying out your ink. And, with a true match colour, it leaves a skin-like finish.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - Full-Size: 460

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

This foundation has a huge diverse shade range, so you can easily find the perfect match for you skin tone. It also has a super blendable formula that provides a medium to full coverage finish. And again, it’s sweat and humidity resistant so you can rest assured your tattoo will be covered all day long.

Stila Pixel Perfect Concealer

Stila Pixel Perfect Concealer

We bet you didn’t know that this cult favourite is a master disguiser of tattoos. Well, it is. Using light-diffusing technology, the high-coverage concealer hides any ink and keeps your skin looking fresh and dewy. It’s non-drying and crease-proof and the wand applicator lets you get to all those hard-to-reach areas.

Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer

Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer

This Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer is a mighty and magical concealer that hides even the most stubborn marks and, yes, that means tattoos too. With an airbrush-like finish, it makes sure your ink is expertly covered up while it evens out your skin tone for a balanced finish.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer - NW50

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

Celebrated by makeup professionals, this MAC lightweight concealer is mild but mighty and can be built up to cover up. Whether it’s a small finger tattoo or something a little larger, this concealer provides intense pigmentation and full matte coverage. It’s also loaded with vitamins C and E, which keep your skin silky and hydrated.

Revolution Pro Conceal Kit - Medium Dark

Revolution Pro Conceal Kit - Medium Dark

If you want to create a unique shade to suit your skin tone, try this versatile Conceal Kit from Revolution Pro. This face palette provides full coverage and a long-lasting finish that is ideal for covering tattoos for a special event or a photoshoot. Simply mix and match shades and blend together for a natural-looking result.

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

After the primer, colour corrector and foundation or concealer, use a matte powder foundation to blend in the makeup and to provide a little extra coverage. This bareMinerals Foundation is renowned for its buildable and lasting finish. Once buffed on with a thick powder brush, it’ll firmly set all of the makeup in place.

NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Powder Foundation

NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Powder Foundation

This powder foundation has a velvet consistency, which delivers a maximum full-coverage colour - effectively covering any signs of ink. It comes in a wide variety of shades, making it perfect for all skin tones. Not to mention, it lasts for a whopping 24 hours so you can have every faith your tats will be covered all day long.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Face Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Face Powder

If you don’t want to add any extra colour, but you do want to lock your foundation and concealers in place then you need a setting powder. This Bye Bye Pores Face Powder helps smooth and blur any imperfections, so the skin has an airbrushed effect. It even contains the Bye Bye Pores Optical Blurring Technology™ which helps fill any lines line and gives you a shine-free finish.

Too Faced Hangover 3 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray

Too Faced Hangover 3 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray

And last, but by no means least, finish up with a setting spray. You can use this 3-in-1 option to prep the skin, as well as set your tattoo coverage in place throughout the day. It ensures your foundations go the distance, while also refreshing your skin when the makeup starts to look a little tired.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This best-selling option from Urban Decay boasts a hold that lasts for up to 16 hours. You’ll not have to worry about your makeup melting, fading or settling into lines; instead, you’ll have impeccable cover with tattoos flawlessly hidden. Tattoos? What tattoos?

Check out this tutorial for a step by step guide on how to conceal your tattoos:

As these makeup products are great for covering up tattoos, you know they’ll be just as good at covering up any scars, marks, blemishes or dark spots. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to the very best concealers for every skin type, as well as the best full coverage foundation for a perfect complexion.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.

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