Making Tattoos Disappear

Hello everybody,

This is something many jobs unfortunately request if you are hired. Either you have to wear a bandage over it, wear bracelets or long sleeves to conceal them, or put makeup on to make them disappear. Or you might just want your tattoos to vanish for a cosplay that doesn't include your awesome tattoos. I have been in both situations and figured out the trick through the magical assistance of Google and YouTube, as well as practice on my own as my research didn't work on all my tattoos. And I have seven. Note this will also vary based off your skin tone as between skin tones play different affect with some of the products being used. I also use a technique recommended when also concealing bags or dark circles under the eyes.

Step 1: Cleanse your skin

This will help with preparing your skin for the makeup that is about to be applied. Also if you are going to be putting makeup onto the tattoo, be sure that it has completely healed over otherwise you risk ruining your tattoo altogether. Tattoos typically take around 45 days to fully heal.

Step 2: Lipstick

Lipstick? Really, Mae? Yes really. If you have light or fair skin, use a pink or coral tone lipstick. If you have beige or tan skin go for a red tone lipstick. And for darker skin use a deep wine tone lipstick. Allow this to dry on the skin before moving onto the next step or you may not have the desired results.

Step 3: Concealer

Use your regular concealer, full or heavy coverage would be preferred as you are trying to make the tattoo and now lipstick color disappear. Apply with a sponge or stippling brush and pat/dab concealer onto skin as you would under your eyes. Rubbing the product just moves it around rather than adding coverage. Allow to dry. The concealer on top of the lipstick helps even out the tones so the dark tattoo doesn't stand out as noticeably from your regular skin.

Step 4: Foundation

Next apply your usual foundation color onto the area where the tattoo resides. You can use either a spray, liquid or cream foundation. Also use a sponge or stippling brush for applying the foundation using the blotting technique as before to provide the most coverage. You can use your fingers to help smooth out the top layer or to assist blending it in.

Step 5: Translucent powder

With a large powder brush apply a layer of translucent powder over the foundation to provide a matte finish and to seal everything together.

Step 6: Hairspray

Seriously, Mae? I already used lipstick on my tattoo and now you want me to use hairspray? Yes, because this helps further prevent the makeup from rubbing off onto any clothes or furniture you come in contact with. Just make sure to let it dry before attempting to do so. Also do a trial run before your event to make sure that everything works as intended.

Hope that helps you out!

- Mae Polzine