Tattoo Camouflage and Tattoo Alternatives

Ever regret that heinous tattoo you got one night on a drunken dare or that inked homage to a former flame? Hopefully, the tattoo in question isn’t nearly as bad as those shown on However, if that is the case or you’re simply looking for a quick and easy way to cover tattoos up during work, I have some solutions as well as alternatives to permanent tattooing.

Laser tattoo removal is pricey, painful, and time consuming. Luckily, there are affordable and pain-free products on the market that are designed to temporarily conceal tattoos. One product that’s gotten rave reviews is tattoo artist Kat Von D’s concealer. It’s available for $25 at Sephora and not only works as a tattoo concealer, but provides coverage on the face from blemishes and scars. Another great product that has developed a cult following over the years and is hailed as one of the best tattoo concealers on the market is Dermablend’s tattoo concealer available at Macy’s for $25. The concealer stick comes in a wide array of colors and can be used anywhere on the body for heavy duty coverage. This includes stretchmarks, scarring, tattoos, varicose veins, and whatever else needs to be hidden. Both products are water resistant and have a staying power of up to 12 hours.

If like me, the idea of a tattoo appeals in theory but not in practice, there are several tattoo alternatives en vogue at the moment, and some have been around for centuries. Take for instance the art of mehndi, which uses henna to create temporary designs on the body. Traditionally, henna was used on the the royals and rich across Asia and India, and is still put on the hands of brides-to-be. Recently, henna tattooing has been adopted by Western culture and celebrities like  Madonna. Henna tattoos are accessible to just about anyone with access to a mall or a threading salon. Another option for tattoos of the temporary kind is a product that was launched at the N.Y. Makeup Expo this past year, glitter body art. One company that offers this service is GlimmerArt. The process is simple and fun for all ages. Choose a stencil, apply adhesive, and sprinkle on glitter, you’ve got yourself a glitter tattoo that should last up to 5 days.

Also, for anyone reading who owns or has access to an airbrush like the one sold by Temptu. The company sells a wide array of stencils that can be airbrushed on for achieving the look, but not feel of a real tattoo.

Last but not least, good old fashioned temporary tattoos always work as an alternative to getting inked for real. Whether you’re looking at tempo tats on sale at the dollar store, or something a little more haute couture like Chanel’s line of temporary tattoos it’s a great option. Whatever tattoo path you go down, be safe, always make sure the tattooist opens a fresh needle in front of you, and remember your skin is your largest organ so protect it!

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