The Best Products and Tips for Concealing Tattoos With Makeup

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Updated 10/28/19

Tattoos come in all (gorgeous) shapes and sizes, some as delicate as a flower on your foot or as intricate as a full sleeve on your arm. While the last thought you might have when getting a tattoo is when or how you might need to eventually cover it, there may come a time where you have at least one occasion where you want to conceal your stunning body art—whether it's just to change up your look or if you're making a personal choice for a big day.

Below, we're walking you through the top concealers and body makeup for concealing tattoos—you'll be amazed at how easy the process is.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body $43
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Specifically designed to help cover surgical scars, tattoos, and acne scars, this product is ideal when wanting to conceal anything you might need to. You've most likely heard of Double Wear Foundation seeing as it's truly famous for its concealing powers, yet this specific product is meant for the face and body. With SPF 15, it gives protection along with a natural 12-hour wear that won't rub off throughout the day. A little goes a long way—just apply with a makeup sponge or brush and blend thoroughly until dry.

Makeup For Ever Full Cover Concealer

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer $34
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When wanting to use makeup for concealing tattoos, the formula has to be completely smudge-proof and fade-resistant. This waterproof concealer will help keep your tattoos covered should you get caught in a rainstorm, or happen to be spending the day at the beach or the pool. Equipped with a high concentration of pigments, tattoos will be untraceable when the product is applied for a full-coverage result.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer $25
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A lightweight formula and perfect for all skin types, this concealer will cover tattoos with its transfer-resistant formula (meaning it won't rub off on your clothes or anything else). Safe for face and body, cover anything you want at any time, including dark circles under eyes and even varicose veins on legs. Makeup artist and artistic director of Glamsquad, Kelli J. Bartlett, raves about this product saying, "It really dries down and provides medium to full coverage for tattoos. I generally start with a warm color to color-correct, and then add a flesh tone on top after to fully conceal." Bartlett also recommends using a setting powder from Ben Nye on top to set the product. Need some precision when applying? Opt for a small makeup brush instead of using your fingers.

Ben Nye Tattoo Cover

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Ben Nye Tattoo Cover $15
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It's in the name—this product instantly covers up tattoos. Blend and mix colors until they match your skin tone and finish by setting the makeup with a translucent powder. When you're blending makeup, it's important to use thin layers at a time so it looks natural, versus applying a thick layer of makeup right away. As far as removal, it easily comes off with soap and water.

Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer $48
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Known for creating some of the most industry-changing makeup looks on a multitude of famous faces, Kevyn Aucoin's legacy has continued in his makeup line with products made to transform. This particular face and body foundation comes in 15 all-inclusive shades that are highly pigmented and transfer-resistant, a perfect solution for covering tattoos. Since this product is highly concentrated, start by blending a small amount and adding as you go for more natural, gradual coverage.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer $27
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Touting 24-hour wear and instant coverage, Kat Von D's Lock-It Concealer Cream conceals anything from skin discoloration to tattoos. With an easy to apply doe-foot applicator, you can cover any unwanted marks with precision and ease (without accidentally covering a part of your tattoo that you do want to show, or a favorite beauty mark).

Reel Creations Reel Fleshtone Palette

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Reel Creations Reel Fleshtone Palette $80
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Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen discovered this product while on a video shoot with Scarlett Johansson, and is in awe of the power it has to completely cover tattoos. "This makeup activates with alcohol and then dries smudge- and streak-proof. It's incredible because it doesn't transfer and lasts until you remove it with alcohol," says VanLeeuwen. The palettes come in a variety of skin tone shades so anyone can find what they need.

Dermablend Quick Fix Body Foundation Stick

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Dermablend Quick Fix Body Foundation Stick $29
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One of the most renowned coverage products invented to get the job done, Dermablend has been one of the leading brands for full-coverage face and body products loved by makeup artists all over the world, namely celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn. "I love this product as it comes in several shades and is portable with terrific coverage," he says. "it also doesn't move, which is important." He recommends applying Giorgio Armani Beauty Power Fabric Foundation on top to set.

Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

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Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer $29
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38 shades of full-coverage concealer help to highlight, contour, and in this case, mask any tattoos you might want to conceal for a day. A photo-friendly formula that hydrates with hyaluronic acid and coconut water, think of this concealer as a one-size-fits-all for tattoos and anything else you might want to conceal that could benefit from a dose of nourishing ingredients.

Dermacol Makeup Cover

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Dermacol Make-Up Cover $15
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Originally formulated and only available in Europe, Dermacol happens to be one of the first coverage products in the world used to conceal tattoos and scars. Later made famous in Hollywood for its use on movie sets and television, it's formulated with 50 percent skin pigments, allowing the formula to fully cover almost anything you can imagine. Gently tap the makeup onto your skin with fingers or a damp sponge and watch it dry down to a natural matte finish.

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