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3 Ways To Cover Up Tattoos

Updated on February 15, 2011

Although tattoos are more popular and mainstream than ever, there are still many occasions when people want or need to cover them up. These include many special or formal occasions, as well as when working in those occupations where tattoos are still frowned upon. Some people also want to cover up an existing tattoo with a new one. In this article we'll take a look at three tattoo cover up methods.

1. Cover Up Tattoos With Makeup

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The most popular option is to cover up your tattoo with make up. While some people prefer to use general-purpose concealer make up (such as Dermablend) for hiding tattoos, you can also get specialist tattoo cover up kits, which normally contain a heavy duty concealing paste, and sometimes a powder to set it. You'll also get an applicator, and usually a make-up remover as well.

When using make-up to hide a tattoo, it's important to spend some time blending it in properly around the edges, in order to create a natural effect. You should also make sure that you match the make up to your skin tone - this is made easier if you buy a kit that comes in a colour wheel format, and contains several different shades which you can mix together to get the perfect match for your skin.

If you're going swimming or are very physically active, you'll probably want to look for a waterproof version. Remember also that most make up is relatively fragile, so you should take care not to bump against anybody or otherwise smudge it.

2. Hide Tattoos With A Concealing Arm/Leg Cover

Another option for hiding tattoos that doesn't involve make-up is to use stretchy bandage-like accessories, such as that sold by TatJacket. These basically consist of tan or black coloured tubes that you can stretch over your arms or legs.

Although these don't look completely natural, they do cover your tattoos very effectively. TatJackets also provide UV protection, so they're also a good choice for those who want to protect their tattoos from the sun.

3. Cover Up Your Tattoo With Another Tattoo

Some people aren’t interested in hiding their tattoos, but are unhappy with a design that they have, and would like to get another tattoo to conceal it. This is fairly common, and there are even tattoo artists who specialise in doing cover up work.

It's important to be aware that getting a cover up tattoo will generally be more expensive than getting a new tattoo on virgin skin. You’ll nearly always have to have your new tattoo custom designed, and it will usually be a fair bit larger than the original. If price is a consideration for you, don't be tempted to go to a nonprofessional tattooist just save money - you might not get the results you want, and then you’ll be stuck with an even larger tattoo that you're still unhappy with.

If you don't already know which tattoo artist you want to go to, it's worth visiting as many tattoo shops as you can, and talking to the artists about the options available. This time round you want to get a tattoo that you're completely happy with, so make sure you go with somebody whose style you really love.

So, there are a few ways to cover up a tattoo if you need to, or are unhappy with it. But if you find yourself trying to hide your tattoo all the time, it might be easier in the long run to look into permanent tattoo removal options.


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