The Best Makeup for a Tattoo Cover Up

By Hannah Liddle - 1 year 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 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.

Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation 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 Smashbox Foundation Primer is a best-selling, 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.

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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 natural-looking finish.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10

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 Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation for a formula that just won't budge. This luxury product beats the heats and humidity, staying in place for up to 24 hours.

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Sigma Beauty F82 Round Kabuki Brush

Sigma Beauty F82 Round Kabuki Brush

To achieve flawless results you need the perfect brush 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.

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NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy 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.

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Benefit Boi ing Airbrush Concealer

Benefit Boi ing Airbrush Concealer

This Benefit 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.

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Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick

Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick

Made for those with severe skin concerns, scars and tattoos, the Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Concealer Stick is a full-coverage concealer. Its water-, sweat- and rub-resistant formula means it lasts through the day, for up to 14 hours! Not to mention, it boasts a smooth, hypoallergenic formula that is extremely gentle on sensitive skin.

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MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer

MAC Studio Finish SPF35 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.

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Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

Stila Correct & Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette

It’s all well and good having the right makeup, but you’ll also need to make sure you’ve colour corrected your tattoo so that any bright pigments don’t show. Take a palette such as this Stila All-in-One and use 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.

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bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation

bareMinerals Blemish Rescue 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.

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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.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

And last, but by no means least, finish up with this Urban Decay Setting Spray for 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?

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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 circles. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to the very best miracle concealers.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

A firm believer that dehydration is a character flaw and good skin starts from within. Hyaluronic acid is her saviour too though.