How To Camouflage An Unwanted Tattoo

Have you got a tattoo that you regret? Perhaps it’s a name of a past lover you would rather forget, or maybe you have a job interview, a wedding, or lunch date with your prospective in-laws and want to make a good impression. We all make rash decisions at some point in our lives, but usually they are not permanent, unlike an unwanted tattoo. But don’t fear; help is at hand. With the correct application of Skin Camouflage your tattoo can soon become a distant memory.

 Before and after camouflage

Before and after camouflage

Skin Camouflage products are different from regular cosmetics in that they have a higher concentrate of pigment and when set can last 8-12 hours on the face and 2-3 days on the body. They are also water resistant so you can shower and swim as normal without the worry of removal.

 

Tattoos however can be extremely difficult to conceal. They are usually made up of many colours and as the ink has penetrated several layers of skin, applying conventional cosmetics alone can often result in a shadow to the skin, or the tattoo still shows through. This can be extremely frustrating, costly and time consuming. Although there are many products on the market claiming to conceal tattoos, I would advise you to seek help from a professional Skin Camouflage practitioner like myself, to ensure you get a good result.

 

Like vascular dermatoses, bruises and erythematous scars, tattoo inks are not pure hues. What appears to the untrained eye as a solid black outline actually has an undertone of blue and green. When camouflaging tattoos the principles of complementary colour theory need to be enforced. By applying the complementary colour to the colour you wish to hide, it will cancel out the tattoo and prevent it from showing through. Using the example of a ‘black’ outlined tattoo, the complementary colour on the colour wheel to black, is white. But first you need to analyse the composition of the black. If there is more blue, you need to add orange to the white, if it has more green, you need to add red to the white.

 Complementary Colour Wheel

Complementary Colour Wheel

When confronted with a polycoloured tattoo it would be impracticable to create a complementary colour for each of the colours, as well as the black outline.  So for simplicity sake you need to analyse the overall composition of the tattoo and then create the complementary colour that will block it out. An overall blue-green tattoo will be cancelled out using pastel orange-red; if it’s predominantly blue-purple, then the complementary will be pastel orange-yellow.

 

For some tattoos especially a predominantly yellow-orange-red tattoo, applying green can cause problems of a ‘ruddy’ complextion or ghostly hale and thus a skin toned camouflage cream will achieve a far better outcome. Now you are probably thinking, "But I’m going to be left with a big pastel orange smudge on my arm or leg.” Don’t worry, after applying the complementary colour, you set the makeup, then apply a skin toned camouflage cream on top.

 

Camouflaging tattoos is not as straight forward as finding a colour match to your skin, a lot of other factors come into play, so to eliminate costly and time consuming mistakes, book a consultation with me, where I can help you find the correct colour and product for you and ensure you get the best results.