Girl with tattoos using makeup to cover tattoo

Getting a tattoo is a lifelong commitment – you know that going in. But, what you don’t know is if you really want an adorable swallow peeking out on your wrist during a job interview (hey – we don’t judge but you never know who will!). You might not be able to foresee if your dream wedding dress complements your tribal neck tattoo. And you may not know in the moment that ‘Malia 2k10’ isn’t worth commemorating. Whatever the reason, there may come a time when you want to temporarily cover up your tattoo. Nonsense, you can’t possibly do that right? Wrong!  

What do you need to cover a tattoo with makeup?

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Step 1 – Apply red/orange colour corrector 

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to colour correcting as everyone has their own unique skin tone as the starting point. But, it’s now common beauty knowledge that an orange/red concealer can help cancel out green/blue undertones – which is perfect when covering up a tattoo. Apply this all over your tattoo (use a brush for accuracy) and set with matte powder.

If you have a dark skin tone, you could try correcting with a red – even a matte red lipstick could work as a base. While on paler skin tones you might see a peach tinge if you use an orange corrector so you may want to skip straight to step 2.

Girl with tattoos applying colour corrector to shoulder

Step 2 – Add high coverage foundation

Blot on an even layer of high coverage foundation using a blending sponge. Build up the coverage until your tattoo is completely out of sight. We love using Revolution PRO’s highly pigmented formula that has been specially created with this type of coverage in mind – it can even cover birthmarks and pigmented skin tone.

Girl with tattoos applying foundation to shoulder

Step 3 – Set with powder & spray

It’s important to set your foundation with a matte powder and setting spray to create a natural-looking finish. Always opt for a waterproof and long-lasting foundation too to prevent any blotches if it starts raining or you start working up a sweat.

Girl with tattoos applying setting spray to tattoo