5 Amazing Ways To Cover A Tattoos For Work

by Tori Jones
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In this post, we’re going to delve into the fascinating world of covering tattoos for work and other formal scenarios. It’s like the Clark Kent to your Superman – unassuming, invisible, but an indispensable part of your life. I’ll be sharing my expertise, from makeup techniques to the right choice of clothing, which will help you conceal your tattoos like a pro. Even the most eye-catching ink can become practically invisible if you play your cards right.

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By the end of this read, you’ll be as adept at covering your tattoos as you are at flaunting them. And let’s face it – there’s a certain thrill in having a secret identity, isn’t there? So, let’s dive in, shall we? And remember – just like a piece of fine art, this too requires patience, practice, and a pinch of pizzazz.

Let’s unlock the code of going ‘Incogn-ink-to’ when required. After all, every superhero needs a disguise. Stay tuned, folks! Trust me, this is going to be a wild ride – without the needle this time!

Methods for Covering Tattoos

In an ideal world, we would proudly flaunt our ink wherever we go, no questions asked. But sometimes, the corporate or formal world requests a more subtle approach. I remember once, I had this exquisite phoenix tattoo, fresh and gleaming, just before a big formal event. With some careful maneuvering and a dash of creativity, I made that bird vanish (only for the evening, of course). It’s all about knowing how to do it right.

Using Clothes to Cover Tattoos for Work

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First up, the simplest solution: clothing. For tattoos on your chest, lower back, thighs, or shoulders, the right choice of clothes can work wonders. High-waisted jeans, high-neck tops, or long-sleeved shirts can effortlessly cover your body art. For instance, I once had a large tattoo on my forearm which, thanks to a long-sleeved black shirt, no one at work even knew about!

For those of you sporting sleeve tattoos, there are special sleeve cover-ups that match your skin tone. Trust me, they’re an excellent quick fix for unexpected formal occasions, and no one will be the wiser.

How to Use Makeup to Cover a Tattoo

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Can’t cover your tattoo with clothes? Fear not, that’s where makeup steps in. Remember how you hide scars and blemishes? With the right products, you can do the same for your tattoos, even the dark ones. One summer, I managed to keep my shoulder tattoo invisible for an entire beach wedding, all thanks to my trusted concealer and foundation. But remember, new tattoos are sensitive and need breathing space. Avoid makeup on fresh ink to prevent infection and ensure optimal healing.

Prepare Your Canvas

Before you begin, ensure your tattooed skin is clean and devoid of dead cells or oil. I recommend a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. For an added hold, spritz some hairspray before applying makeup. Let it dry, and you’re all set for a long-lasting, smudge-free cover-up. Trust me, nothing ruins a good outfit like unintentionally smudged foundation on your shirt!

The Art of Concealment Choose

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a ‘high coverage’ or ‘color-correcting’ concealer a few shades lighter than your skin tone. Apply a layer of it on your tattoo, dabbing, not rubbing, for maximum effect. Don’t panic if your tattoo is still visible! Now, blend in a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Give it a final touch with translucent powder for a matte finish that blends seamlessly with your skin. Voila, your tattoo is now your secret.

For Every Problem, There’s a Solution

If standard makeup products aren’t enough, there are tattoo-specific concealers and foundations. Stage makeup, designed for theatrics and films, also offers high coverage. And if your tattoo is small and light, a spray tan can add an even layer to your skin, subtly hiding your tattoo.

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Here are a few other methods you can use to conceal tattoos beyond clothing and makeup. Here are a few additional strategies:

  1. Tattoo Cover-up Sleeves or Bands: These are fabric sleeves that match your skin tone and can be worn over your tattooed area. They can be particularly useful for covering tattoos on arms or legs, and are available in different sizes and skin tones.
  2. Skin-Colored Tapes or Bandages: For small tattoos, you can use skin-colored tapes or adhesive bandages. This method might not be suitable for larger tattoos, but it’s a quick fix for small ones.
  3. Jewelry and Accessories: Depending on the tattoo’s location, you can use jewelry or accessories to help hide it. For instance, a wrist tattoo can be covered with a wide bracelet or a watch. Neck tattoos can be hidden with choker necklaces or scarves.
  4. Hair Styling: If you have tattoos on the back of your neck or behind your ear, certain hairstyles can help conceal them. Long hair can be left down, or you can style your hair in a way that specifically covers the tattooed area.
  5. Temporary Tattoo Cover Up Solutions: Some companies produce products specifically designed to cover tattoos. They are often more robust than traditional makeup and can provide a good solution for those times when you need to cover your ink for a longer duration.

Remember, it’s always important to choose a method that works best for you, and it’s perfectly okay to combine different methods for the best results.

Potential Risks & Drawbacks Of Using Makeup or Clothing To Cover Tattoos

it’s important to remember that while the methods mentioned can effectively help you hide your tattoos, they aren’t without potential risks or drawbacks. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Skin Irritation and Allergic Reactions: When using makeup to cover a tattoo, particularly a new one, you should always do a patch test first. Even products labeled as hypoallergenic can cause reactions in some people. If you notice any redness, irritation, or other signs of an allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and consult a dermatologist.
  • Damage to the Tattoo: Freshly inked tattoos are sensitive and need to breathe. Covering them up too soon, particularly with makeup or adhesive products, can potentially lead to infection, prolonged healing time, or even damage the tattoo’s appearance. Always allow a new tattoo to heal completely before attempting to cover it up.
  • Discomfort or Overheating with Clothing: Using clothing to cover tattoos, especially in warm weather or during physical activity, could lead to overheating or discomfort. It’s important to choose breathable fabrics to avoid this issue.
  • Temporary Solutions: Remember that these are temporary solutions. Makeup can smudge or wear off over time, and clothing or accessories might shift, potentially exposing the tattoo. Always carry some backup products for touch-ups if necessary.
  • Impact on Skin Health: Regularly applying heavy makeup to the skin can impact its health over time. It’s crucial to cleanse thoroughly, exfoliate regularly, and give your skin some ‘makeup-free’ days to breathe.

As with all things related to your body and your health, it’s essential to listen to your body and do what feels right for you.


Alright, my fabulous ink aficionados! We’ve covered some serious ground today, and now you’re all geared up to stealthily navigate the formal terrains of life without compromising your love for tattoos. We’ve talked about clothing strategies, make-up tactics, and specialized products that can magically make your tattoos disappear when needed. Remember, the key is to practice and find what works best for you.

However, don’t forget to be mindful of your skin’s health. Fresh tattoos need a lot of tender loving care, so keep them makeup-free to let them breathe. Always prep your skin properly and choose quality products to avoid any adverse reactions.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s all about balance and knowing when to flaunt your tattoos and when to play it subtly. Remember, your tattoos are an extension of your personality, and they deserve all the love they can get, whether they’re on display or under wraps.

With these tips up your sleeve, you’re now well-equipped to enjoy the best of both worlds. The world of body art is yours to explore, and I’m thrilled to be part of this journey with you. Now, go forth, be your amazing self, and remember – every day is a good day for a tattoo, even if it’s hidden! Keep shining, keep inking, and as always, stay awesome. Over and out, Tori.

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