It takes more than layers of cakey cover ups to hide a tattoo! Pigmented tattoo inks are embedded deep in your epidermis and require a little bit of makeup magic to cover up. Tattoos are also usually drawn in places that might come in contact with clothes and friction from other objects, so creating a layer that won’t rub off easy is key.

Here is a simple five step guide to help you cover up tattoos with ease.

 

Prep and prime

Prep and prime

Wipe the area with rubbing alcohol to disinfect the area and get rid of the natural body oils that can cause makeup to meltdown. Next, use a primer like the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer to create a smooth canvas and give the products to follow a good base to hold on to.

 

Step #02: Colour correct it

Step #02: Colour correct it

While this step is optional for black inks, it is a necessary step for coloured tattoos. Follow these combinations to colour correct your tattoo — green for red ink, orange for deeper skin tones, pink for lighter skin tones, yellow for blue line tattoos and purple for scattered tattoos. You can also ‘bake’ your colour corrector with loose powder if your tattoo is bright and new.

 

Step #03: Use a full coverage foundation

Step #03: Use a full coverage foundation

Use a buildable full coverage foundation after you’re done baking. First, use your fingers to apply a good amount of foundation on the tattoo and then blend it using a damp makeup sponge. Apply powder to lock the layer in place. Keep building on layers of foundation and powder simultaneously until the majority of your tat is masked under them.

 

Step #04: Layer on a concealer

Step #04: Layer on a concealer

Pick a shade that is closest to your skin tone for best results. Layer on the concealer and blend with a damp beauty sponge until the ink is completely disguised. Use a heavily pigmented formula so that you don’t end up with multiple layers that can end up looking cakey.

 

Step #05: Set with a loose powder and setting spray

Step #05: Set with a loose powder and setting spray

Add finishing touches to the cover-up with loose powder and setting spray. First, bake with the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder for 10 minutes and dust off the excess. Next, use a setting spray and spritz it from a distance of 6 inches in order to lock all of the layers in place and give your skin a hydrated, natural finish.