Beauty Q&A: How to Cover Up Tattoos with Makeup

August 04, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal

If you have a tattoo (or several), chances are you’ve probably had someone in your life stress the permanence of getting inked as if you had no idea what you were getting yourself into. And sure, they were right, but as permanent as tattoos may be, makeup can serve as a way to conceal your tattoos whenever you want to hide them for a bit. We had the chance to speak with Lancôme Beauty Advisors Marwah Khamas and Olivia Thompson to find out how they recommend covering up tattoos. Check out their makeup advice including using color-correcting concealer, ahead.

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“I think the most common mistake people make when trying to cover tattoos is trying to conceal without color correcting it,” says Khamas. “By doing that, you can still see it peeking through the makeup. You always want to cancel out the colors of the tattoos first, then cover it.” The Lancôme Teint Idole Camouflage Correctors, which include intense color pigments, help neutralize a tattoo before going in with a concealer. Thompson recommends the Teint Idole Concealer because it’s both full-coverage and waterproof. 


If you’d prefer to hide your tattoo with a full-coverage body makeup, we recommend the Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup. The formula is transfer-resistant and lasts for up to 16 hours.

How to Cover Your Tattoos

  • STEP 1:

    Color Correct

    Starting with a corrector, choose a color opposite of the tattoo — for example, for a blue undertone tattoo, use the peach or orange corrector. Then, starting in small sections, pat a pea size amount of the corrector onto the tattoo with your fingers.

  • STEP 2:


    Once completely covered, lightly set with your powder of choice using a makeup sponge. The Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder works well for this.

  • STEP 3:


    Apply your exact skin shade of concealer or the leg and body makeup to the tattoo in a patting motion.

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn Visual Designer: Hannah Packer

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