Makeup Tutorial: How to Cover a Tattoo

How To Cover a Tattoo with MakeupCovering a tattoo is mainly about color-correcting so being aware of which colors cancel out other colors is really helpful. Covering the tattoos that are on my legs does require a lot of product, but it is because they are pretty large and they are dark. I am using them for this tutorial because I have the same tattoo on each shin, so they ended up being perfect for a before and after.

First, let’s go into which colors cancel each other out. This also holds true for covering up dark circles and redness on your face. You can use any color correcting palette for this as most of them most/all of these colors. For this I am using the Stila correct & Perfect Palette. Find it here.

  • Green: cancels out redness. This can also be used before concealer to cancel out any redness on blemishes, sunburn, roseca etc.
  • Yellow: neutralizes purple and brown. This includes hyper-pigmentation and dark spots.
  • Orange: neutralizes purple and blue. This is going to be the main color we are going to use to cover a tattoo. Orange is also your best friend for canceling out dark circles.
  • Pink/Peach: These will brighten if you are covering up darkness on your face. It can help make undereyes look more awake.
  • Purple: Cancels out yellow. This sounds weird but purple setting powders or primers will give an allover brighter effect.As you can see, there are many colors that will cancel out darkness (blue and purple) on your undereyes. All this means is that you would find a color that suits your skin tone best. For example: dark skin tones would need more of an orange, whereas lighter skintones would need more of a peach or yellow.Step One: Color CorrectStep One: Canceling out purple and blue. I used orange around the darkest parts of my tattoo. For the sake of making sure this showed up in a photo, I used more than enough (I used way too much. There was no going back. Less is more y’all). You would then use a dampened Beautyblender (or whatever sponge you have available to you).

    Step Two: YellowStep Two: Next, I went onto the blended out orange and added yellow. This will make everything easier to coverup with foundation and concealer at the end. The main goal or color correcting before you conceal whatever it is that you’re trying to cover is to make it even. This will ensure that you don’t have spots of lighter color and darker color and everything will be totally even.

    Step Three: ConcealerStep Three: Now that you have canceled out as much color as you could, it is time to cover up. I used Tarte Shape Tape concealer for this one. I purchased mine from Ulta, but as far as I know it is sold out everywhere. Find it here.
    This stuff is the best concealer I have ever laid my hands on. This works for everything. Next, I would blend this out with the same sponge that you have been using.

    Step Four: FoundationStep Four: The most important part of this entire thing is that you find a foundation that matches the part of your body that you are trying cover. For example, My foundation is darker than my leg by at least a shade. If you are really trying to pull this off, you are are going to have to match your leg (or arm or whatever part of your body) that you are trying to cover. It is rare that your arm and your face are the actual same shade, so double check before you dive into this whole thing. Also, this probably goes without saying but you are going to need a full coverage foundation. The one that I am using is the most full coverage that I had, so it worked just fine. You do not need to go out and spend 50 bones on a foundation to cover a small tattoo on your wrist for a job interview. You can find so many cheaper alternatives at the drugstore. Anyway, I used Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation Find it here.
    Important Note: This is where you are going to use a brush. This will allow for the most full-coverage. Beautyblenders are great for even coverage but they tend to sheer stuff out. A synthetic brush will give you the best coverage. I used an Artis brush (which, again, is completely extra and you do not need to goop foundation on a brush like this to get great results) But if you’re interested here it is: Find it here.

    LAST STEP: Find a setting powder. Your best bet is something that is translucent because you have already put so much onto your skin. You just need something that is going to set everything in place so it doesn’t move. I used the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder. The RCMA No-Color Setting powder is a better alternative, but I am out of it. It is also much cheaper and does the same thing. Find it here.

    Finally CoveredThis is the outcome. 1) My socks never match. 2) This picture is unedited and unfiltered. Like I mentioned before, my foundation was a little too dark for my legs that haven’t seen actual sunlight in 7 years, but you get the idea.

    Questions? Leave them below 🙂 All of the pictures in this post were taken by me.




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