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How to Cover Up a Tattoo

Tattoos are works of art, but not always appropriate for every occasion. When you need to cover a tattoo, you can follow these steps.


  • Step 1: Find a thick concealer Use two shades of concealer – one two shades lighter than your skin tone and the other the same shade as your skin tone.
  • Step 2: Clean the area Clean and dry the tattooed skin before applying concealer.
  • Step 3: Brush on concealer Brush on the lighter concealer with a concealer brush, covering only the ink.
  • TIP: Use a cotton swab if you don’t have a concealer brush.
  • Step 4: Apply Apply the darker shade the same way you applied the lighter shade, but gently blend it over the outside edges of the tattoo.
  • Step 5: Set Set the concealer with a loose powder by dabbing a small amount onto the area with a cotton ball. You're covered – at least for the next few hours.
  • FACT: Tattoos were used to smuggle secret messages across enemy lines in times of war.

You Will Need

  • Concealer
  • Concealer brush
  • Setting powder
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs (optional)

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