Tattoo cover up makeup


The biggest challenge when covering up a tattoo with makeup is finding a product that’ll give you flawless, durable coverage, while looking natural on you. Even though our highest recommendation to achieve this is tattoo airbrush makeup, you can also use tattoo cover up makeup as a more affordable option. This is a thick, highly-pigmented type of makeup that you apply with a sponge or a brush.

Tip:

On top of hiding your tattoos, tattoo cover up makeup can also be used to cover up skin conditions and other discolorations, bruises, scars, acne, age spots, under-eye circles, moles, vitiligo, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and birthmarks.

 

Our top picks for tattoo cover up makeup are 100% waterproof, in both regular and chlorinated water. However, note that our product recommendations (Judith August Killer Cover Kit, and Mehron) are only about 80% rubproof. So consider your daily activities and body placement before choosing! For 100% rubproof options, please see our tattoo airbrush makeup page.

 

1. Judith August – Killer Cover Kit

Main features:

  • 100% waterproof in regular or chlorinated water
  • 80% rubproof
  • Low price: under $100 for total of all components needed (see list below)
  • Fast application: about 5 mins for a 3 x 3 inch tattoo
  • Easy application: 2–5 layers of makeup needed for darker tattoos, separated by layers of matte translucent finishing powder
  • Low product waste: this is not a liquid so there’s very little absorption from the sponge/brush
  • Low equipment maintenance: clean sponges and/or brushes daily to avoid bacteria
  • Finish: thick, greasy theatrical makeup; use translucent finishing powder to avoid shine, stickiness, and “caked on” appearance
  • Easy removal: comes off easily with the Judith August Killer Cleanser, which contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and jojoba oil; soap and water can also be used with a few rounds of scrubbing

Components needed:

The Judith August Killer Cover Kit includes:

 

2. Mehron System

Main features:

  • 100% waterproof in regular or chlorinated water
  • 80% rubproof
  • Low price: under $100 for total of all components needed (see list below)
  • Fast application: about 5 mins for a 3 x 3 inch tattoo
  • Easy application: 2–5 layers of makeup needed for darker tattoos, separated by layers of matte translucent setting powder
  • Low product waste: this is not a liquid so there’s very little absorption from the sponge/brush
  • Low product waste: this is not a liquid so there’s very little absorption from the sponge/brush
  • Low equipment maintenance: clean sponges and/or brushes daily to avoid bacteria
  • Finish: thick, greasy theatrical makeup; use translucent setting powder to avoid shine, stickiness, and “caked on” appearance; spray the Mehron Barrier Spray at the end to seal everything in place
  • Easy removal: comes off with soap and water with a few rounds of scrubbing; can also be removed easily with the Judith August Killer Cleanser (both systems are compatible), which contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and jojoba oil

Components needed:

You’ll need to purchase the following items separately: