Bye Bye Billy Bob
Laser Removal is the most common method of tattoo removal. Depending on the tattoo, it can take from 1-10 sessions, each costing in the range of $250-$850 per session, with some possibility of scarring. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or IPL, is said to be less painful than laser therapy, and more effective, resulting in less total treatment sessions. The bad news is that it also carries a heftier price tag – one clinic offering a price of $10 per pulse.
So what to do? Cover your tattoo.
Step One: Products like Tattoo Camo or Veil Cover Cream are specially designed to be able to cover tattoos. These concealers are much denser than concealers that are designed to look good on your face. So, invest in a product designed to do the job and, of course, make sure you select a shade that matches your skin.
Step Two: Use a makeup sponge (or your fingers) to dab concealer over the tattoo. Let the first layer dry and then apply another layer. Continue the process of applying one coat of concealer at a time, letting it dry before applying another coat. The secret is in layering your concealer and letting each coat dry a bit before adding the next layer.
Step Three: Once you’ve reached full coverage, you’ll want to make the layers of concealer look like your own skin. First, set the concealer with translucent powder. Once its been set, blend blend blend the edges of the makeup into your skin with a damp makeup sponge. If it still looks heavy, try a light sweep of a subtle highlighting powder.
Patience is key.
In The Makeup Says: Do not attempt to cover a tattoo until it is fully healed. A fresh tattoo, or even one that is over a week old, still requires great care. Introducing make-up, or even unnecessary touching of a new tattoo can irritate the area or even lead to infection.