DIY Tattoo Cover Up


If you to to school or work, you may need to temporarily cover up your tattoos. Before you opt for laser removal, try some do it yourself tattoo cover-ups. There are several ways to cover your tattoo for the duration of a class or shift and still be able to wear the tattoo on your own time.

Clothing and Accessories

You can sometimes cover a tattoo in a highly visible part of the body with clothing or accessories. A silk scarf or a turtleneck can disguise neck tattoos and a chunky necklace can cover a small tattoo on the chest. Hide tattoos on your wrist by wearing a stylish, thick cuff-style bracelet or watch with a thick band. Cocktail rings are a solution for small finger tattoos.

Wear a ¾ sleeve shirt to conceal tattoos on the upper arm, elbows and upper half of the forearm. Capri pants help to cover upper calf and knee tattoos, and dark color textured knit tights can reduce the visibility of leg and ankle tattoos. Wear ankle or knee high boots to hide tattoos placed on your legs, ankles and feet.

Most of the clothing that can cover tattoos is generally for cooler climates. Consider if your work place or school will be tolerable in a hot climate or season when wearing clothing such as long sleeves or tights.


You can use makeup to cover up your tattoo if the makeup is of high quality, the shade matches the skin and you apply and seal it according to directions. Makeup that is not geared specifically toward the cover up of a tattoo will generally not work, such as foundations and powders that are marketed to cover blemishes and to eradicate an oily or dry appearance.

Dermablend is one makeup product that is specifically designed for the covering up of tattoos and has been on the market for over twenty years. The website for this product hosts a page dedicated to the products in the Dermablend line that work most efficiently for covering up your tattoo. You'll also find insight and advice for picking the correct shade for skin using a chart, as well as written and video hints and tips for application. You can purchase this makeup through the website and at select makeup counters in department stores such as Macy's.

Ben Nye also manufacturers a tattoo cover-up makeup that is sold on websites for professional stage and screen actors. The Stage and Theater Makeup website, which recommends Ben Nye products, instructs you to conceal your tattoo with Blue Neutralizer first, then powder. If you experience redness, cover it using an ochre or yellow tone. Add a little more powder, and then put on the base.

Do a test run with the makeup that you choose for covering up your tattoo. Follow the instructions provided by the product’s manufacturer to ensure optimal results. Discover how much time it will take to apply, blend and dry. Determining how long the process will take will allow you to add the tattoo cover-up into your daily routine.

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