- Tattoo Cover Up Makeup
The Best Makeup for a Tattoo Cover Up
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 makeup 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.
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.
Another great priming option is this colour correcting formula from L.A. Girl. 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.
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.
If one brush won’t cut the mustard, then take a look at this Flawless Base Set from Real Techniques. It 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.
On the other hand, the Fenty Beauty 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.
Next up is the actual makeup! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to create a unique shade to suit your skin tone, try this versatile Conceal Kit from Revolution Pro. It 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 circles. 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.
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.