How to Cover Up a Tattoo for a Wedding

Written by lauren vork
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How to Cover Up a Tattoo for a Wedding
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Just like marriages, tattoos are designed to last forever. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that your favourite piece of permanent skin art is a welcome guest at the wedding. Whether it's because you want to keep your tattoo a secret, want to keep it out of the wedding photos or just don't think it matches the formality of the event, you may find yourself in need of some special, heavy-duty make-up techniques in order to cover your tattoo for the big day.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Concealer or theatrical make-up
  • Make-up sponges
  • Long-lasting stain lipstick
  • Translucent skin powder
  • Powder brush

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    Conceal your tattoo with clothing, if possible. This will be the easiest, least messy and most reliable way to conceal your body art. If you must wear something revealing (such as a bridesmaid's dress or summery outfit), see if you can wear an accessory that will cover the tattoo, such as a sheer, dark-coloured scarf or a pair of long gloves or opaque stockings.

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    Choose or mix oil-based make-up in two colours: one that matches your skin tone and one that is slightly lighter. Use blemish concealer rather than foundation, or purchase theatrical grease paint make-up from a costume store. The latter option will be your best choice if you are not Caucasian, as most concealer shades come in beige tones. Theatrical make-up can be found in almost any colour or mixed to customise (see link in Resources for a colour mixing tutorial).

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    Prepare your skin for make-up. Wax or shave any noticeable hair from the tattooed skin and surrounding area and thoroughly wash and dry your skin.

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    Coat your tattoo in red stain lipstick. Use a primary red for light skin and a more brownish red for darker skin tones. Trace the tattoo with lipstick, then fill in the outline, even over portions of skin within the design that aren't tattooed. Let dry and apply additional layers, if necessary, so that the design is no longer visible.

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    Add a layer of the lighter skin-tone make-up over the red lipstick. Use the make-up sponge to apply, using a blotting technique rather than a swipe or a rub. Make sure to extend the skin-tone make-up past the edges of the lipstick.

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    Apply a second coat of the darker make-up in the same manner. Pay special attention to blending the edges of the covered tattoo using the darker-tone make-up.

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    Coat the make-up with translucent powder using the powder brush. Use as much powder as possible by applying more than you need and brushing or blowing the excess away. This will help the make-up stay in place and minimise transference to clothes.

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