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7 Steps to cover your tattoo with makeup

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

Whether it's a spring break mistake of years past, it clashes with your wedding dress, or you need it gone for a job interview, a tattoo is forever, but no one has to know. With a few products, you can be a makeup magician and say, "Now you see it? Now you don't!" Here's how!

Step 1:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

First, apply a primer to ensure all of your hard work to come stays put. If your skin is oily, this is especially helpful. Choose a primer based on your skin type.

Step 2:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

Here's where things get interesting! Using an orange cream shadow or lipstick will help to neutralize the initial darkness of the tattoo. Carefully apply an orange product like Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy with a brush to just the tattoo, being careful not to stray too far outside its border.

More: 13 Things I learned from getting my first tattoo

Step 3:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

Lightly dust a translucent setting powder over the orange shadow to lock it into place and eliminate any stickiness.

Step 4:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

Now, using a stick concealer or flesh-toned eyeliner, carefully trace over the entire tattoo. Make sure to only trace directly onto the tattoo and not beyond it. A liner like this has a drier consistency which stays in place and doesn't slide around. I am using the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Highlighter.

Step 5:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

For the bulk of the tattoo coverage, a cream foundation or concealer will knock out the rest of the tattoo's darkness. Using a dense, rounded concealer brush, lightly stipple the foundation/concealer onto the tattoo, using circular motions to blend it out at the edges. It's OK to take this a bit beyond the tattoo. I used RCMA's Color Process Foundation which has excellent coverage.

Step 6:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

Using a powder puff, apply a powder matching your skin tone, or if you have a yellow undertone like our model, a yellow-toned setting powder like Ben Nye's Banana Powder will also work. Use a pressing motion so that you don't disturb your concealer placement.

Step 7:

The easiest, pain-free tattoo 'removal' method in 7 steps

The final step is a setting spray to truly ensure your tattoo stays concealed all day or night. Ben Nye's Final Seal is used in Broadway stage productions so it can really stand up to heat and humidity.

Poof! There you have it! Tattoo removal that's totally pain-free and costs a heck of a lot less too!

More: The pros and cons of getting a tattoo

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