With a fifth of british adults sporting ink, tattoos have certainly risen to popularity in recent years. But are they suitable in all scenarios? What do you do if you want to cover up your tattoos? Well, that’s where tattoo cover up makeup comes in. 


There are many reasons why people may want to cover their ink (more on that later), but surprisingly it’s a pretty simple thing to do! Regardless of size, shape or quantity, there’s always a way to cover up your tattoos, no matter the reason. 


Want to learn how to do it for yourself? If you’re an aspiring makeup artist or would just like to practice at home, it’s definitely a great skill to have under your belt. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a full step-by-step guide on how to cover your tattoos like a pro. Plus some handy product recommendations to help you achieve the best results. 

Why do people cover their ink?


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So, why would anyone want to cover up their beautiful ink we hear you ask? People invest hundreds and thousands of pounds into their body art, so you may be wondering why they’d want to conceal it. 


Well, one of the main reasons someone may want to cover their tattoos is for a special occasion. It’s the biggest day of your life – your wedding day. If you don’t want that tattoo you got in Magaluf 2015 to ruin all of your wedding photos, you may opt for tattoo cover up makeup. It’s a cheap and effective temporary solution to a bad tattoo! Or you may not think your tattoos fit in with the theme and vibe of your wedding.

Other reasons you may want to conceal a tattoo is for a formal job interview. Especially if you have visible tattoos on your face, neck or hands that are hard to cover with clothing! Models may also need to cover tattoos for particular photoshoots or filming days. 


Or you may simply just not like your tattoos anymore. If you’re tired of looking at that regretful stick and poke tattoo your friend convinced you was a good idea when you were 17, concealer will hide it all. It’s the perfect temporary solution if you’re not quite ready to invest in permanent tattoo removal.

How to cover up tattoos

Now you know the many reasons why people want to cover their tattoos, you can see that it’s a service that’s in high demand! So, if you want to become a professional MUA or learn how to do this from home, make sure you follow the following steps:


1 – Cleanse and prep the area you’re working on for makeup application. Use a gentle toner to wipe away any impurities so you can start with a clean base and the makeup will apply more smoothly. 


2 – Apply an orange colour corrector cream with a disposable sponge or clean brush. Orange is opposite to blue on the colour wheel, so it’ll cancel out any dark colours and help to create a skin tone effect. Once applied, set generously with a loose mattifying powder.


3 – Use a high coverage foundation or concealer that matches the client’s skin tone. Your foundation or concealer should be highly pigmented so it covers the tattoo perfectly. Apply in layers over the orange colour corrector until it matches the client’s skin. 


4 – Set with the same mattifying loose powder and a setting spray to hold the makeup in place. 


Products we recommend: 


  • Dermacol Full Coverage Foundation – this super pigmented and inexpensive foundation is formulated to cover up the darkest of blemishes and tattoos without having to use lots of product. 


  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in shade Deep Peach – this creamy colour corrector is waterproof and sweatproof so it’ll stay all day if your client is at a big event. 


  • RCMA No Colour Powder – perfect to use on all skin tones, this colourless powder is used in theatre and media so you can be sure your makeup will stay all day.


  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – this stuff will stop your makeup budging no matter what you’re doing! Apply a generous spritz all over the area and fan dry. 


Become a professional MUA with Posh Look

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Applying tattoo cover up makeup is just one of many skills that an MUA should know. From body art to media makeup, there are many techniques a professional should have nailed down. If you’re just starting out, an industry accredited training course is the perfect place to start. 


That’s where Posh Look comes in! We offer a professional Level 3 Makeup Artistry qualification that’ll teach you all of the main skills of an MUA, including:


  • Camouflage makeup
  • Mehndi design
  • Face and body art
  • Media makeup 
  • Instruct and apply makeup
  • Fashion photographic makeup
  • Client care and communication
  • Health and safety
  • Promote products and services


Join us in our COVID safe classrooms equipped with full PPE for a fun and friendly learning experience. Our courses are held once a week over a number of weeks, and our tutors will help you through every step of your training journey. Plus, all students are given a complimentary starter kit equipped with everything you need to complete the course!


Want to find out more? Head to the training page and browse our full list of courses at all 7 of our training centres across the North West. You can now enrol using our online enrolment process in just 20 minutes. We can’t wait to welcome you to our leading training academy.