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Covering Up?

April 16th, 2012 by     

So, good news… I picked up my dress the other day! *squeals*

I got to try it on and make decisions about what I needed to get altered. While waiting for the lady to pin me a figurative bustle, I noticed one thing I wasn’t fond of: I have 3 tattoos that hang out of my dress on my back and sides/ribs. When I got these tattoos a few years ago, I figured I got them low enough that eventually when I would get married that I wouldn’t have to worry about them sticking out of my dress. I have painfully avoided my shoulders and arms when getting tattoos (do you know how hard that was?!?!) because my dad isn’t a big fan of them to begin with. So, out of respect for him and the fact that my parents would be paying for my wedding I tried to keep any tattoos out of sight in a dress. Now, don’t get me wrong I am definitely not embarrassed to have them, I just think the small pieces that stick out look out-of-place and I don’t want my professional pictures showing them.

This brings me to my next topic: covering them up. I don’t want people gawking at my tattoos, especially the older guests, like my grandmothers and aunts, so I guess I will have to figure out a way to cover them up! I have read reviews online that Dermablend is a pretty good product and had people tell me to ask my make-up person if airbrush can cover it up. What I ultimately worry about is any product getting onto my dress! I know it’s not going to be something I’m thinking about while my wedding is going on, but I would prefer if it wasn’t an issue.

Do you have tattoos you need to cover up? Have you thought about what to do about it? Any other suggestions are appreciated!


3 Responses to “Covering Up?”

  1. Gina Says:

    You might ask if the seamstress doing the alterations could suggest a material that could be temporarily tacked into the dress to prevent any cover up makeup or airbrushing from being absorbed into the dress. Or ask if there were a way of simply making the adjustments needed to be able to cover the tattoos with the dress it’s self, without changing the design too much, or making it look awkward.

  2. Orchid Bud Says:

    Okay, first of all, I TOTALLY understand wanting to cover up. I get that you want to respect your dad and are worried about them sticking out and looking out of place. But here are my thoughts:

    1. You didn’t spend all of the money and go through the procedures to cover those bad boys up. I’m not saying you HAVE to flaunt them, because again I completely see and respect your reasons for wanting to cover them. If I had tattoos, I would feel the same way you do. Maybe it’s easier for me to comment since I don’t lol.

    2. As far as pictures go, you don’t have to worry about that AT ALL. They can most definitely be photoshopped out of pictures, if you so wish.

    3. How big are they? Can they be covered with a flesh colored band aid? Because some band aids can be fairly large, and that way you don’t have to worry about any covering product getting on your dress (that would be my concern too!), but at the same time they are not sticking out like a sore thumb. Of course, that brings up the potential of people being like “what’s that band aid doing there?” but oh well.

    4. Lastly, no matter what you decide, I’m fairly willing to bet that on the actual day, worrying whether or not everyone can see your tattoos isn’t going to hold a candle to the absolute joy that day will bring.

    Sorry if that comment is really unorganized lol. I’m very tired tonight. Good luck trying to make a decision. :-)

  3. Emily Says:

    There are a few things that I have found to work VERY well- Sally Hansen Leg Makeup is completely waterproof and covers like a dream. Depending on how thick your lines in your tattoo are, that is. It doesn’t get onto clothes (it’s even sweatproof).

    The other thing I found for covering tats that is ALSO waterproof/sweatproof…is Kat Von D tat cover up (available at Sephora). Who better to know about covering tats than a tattoo artist.

    Try it out! I’ve worn both with white cotton and haven’t had any bleed.

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