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It’s difficult to find someone without a tattoo these days. From deep, meaningful ink, to designs you regret (or rather nobody saw), many people opt to cover up any visible tattoos on their wedding day. Laser tattoo removal can be a lengthy and expensive process, taking up to two years to remove a tattoo (although specks of ink may always remain). If you’ve left it too late for laser tattoo removal in the lead up to your big day, or you just want to conceal it for the wedding, this is the best way to cover up a tattoo so your guests will be none the wiser.

Here’s the best way to cover up a tattoo for your wedding.

When it comes to the best way to cover up a tattoo, your normal foundation and concealer simply won’t cut it. So if you’re a complete makeup novice, it might be worth asking your (or your bride’s) wedding makeup artist to cover your tattoo up for you. Your wedding makeup artist will be trained and experienced in covering up tattoos, so they’ll have all the products, tips and tricks to conceal your ink on your big day, and avoid any dreaded product transfer onto your dress or suit. However, if you fancy covering your tattoo up yourself, then follow the four steps to effectively hide your ink. 

Step 1: Get the Right Products

First off, you’ll need to get your hands on the following products:

  • Colour-correcting concealer
  • Full-coverage foundation
  • Translucent setting powder
  • Setting spray
  • Blending sponge
  • Powder brush

Step 2: Apply a Colour Correcting Concealer

The best way to cover up a tattoo is to start with a full-coverage, colour correcting concealer in a red or deep orange tone as this will help to neutralise the colour of the tattoo. There are a number of different brands on the market offering amazing colour-correcting concealers, so do your research to find the best one for you.

Blend a generous amount of your chosen concealer over your tattoo using a damp beauty sponge, making sure to concentrate the product over your tattoo, blending the product out over your non-inked skin. Many people panic at this stage of tattoo cover-up, thinking they’ll be left with a red mark on their body in place of their ink, however, it’s important to apply the product generously in order to effectively cover up your tattoo.

Step 3: Add Your Full-Coverage Foundation

Next, it’s time to apply your full-coverage foundation to bring your skin back to a normal colour. It’s vital that you’ve colour matched your foundation as well as you can in order to blend the product in with your natural skin tone. Many makeup counters will colour match for you, but you need to make sure your skin tone is as it will be on your big day. So if you’re planning on applying fake tan for your big day, you should get colour matched after that.

Using the beauty sponge you used for your concealer, blend a thin layer of your foundation onto your skin using a stippling motion, concentrating on the edges in order to avoid any harsh, obvious lines. Once your first layer has dried, you might want to add a couple more layers to ensure your tattoo is completely covered, so continue with this step until you’re happy with the result, ensuring each layer is seamlessly blended into your skin before moving onto the next.

Step 4: Set the Makeup

Finally, you want to make sure your tattoo remains covered up for your entire wedding day, so it’s important to set the makeup using a loose translucent powder and setting spray. After all, the last thing you want is for your makeup to transfer all over your wedding dress or suit before you’ve even said ‘I do’!

Once your foundation has had time to dry, take your powder brush and a generous amount of translucent powder, patting it into the foundation. Again, it’s important to be generous with your loose powder in order to make sure the makeup is set completely. You can always dust off any excess product once you’ve finished.

When you’re happy that your makeup has been completely set with loose powder, spray on a generous amount of makeup setting spray as a final barrier between the makeup and your clothing. When setting spray is spritzed onto the skin, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind a polymer which creates a barrier between your makeup and clothing, so it’s an important step which shouldn’t be skipped.

After following all of these steps, you’ll be left with flawless, seemingly ink-free skin, ensuring your family members don’t spy any secret tattoos as you’re walking down the aisle.

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