Q: I’ve been invited to a lovely beach wedding in Mexico. Both families are very conservative and my arms are pretty covered with tattoos . . . I would love your advice on whether or not I should try and cover them up, or how I would even go about doing that (short of wearing a wrap and melting in the afternoon sun!).
I totally understand wanting to respect the family and their conservative views.
I also know that your tattoos are an expression of who you are, what you love about life, and the memories you’ve made.
Tattoos are acceptable now more than ever, and I truly believe no one will frown upon you for showing them.
But, just in case . . . here are some tips that will hopefully come in handy should you decide to take cover.
You can go to any major department store with makeup counters and request a makeup made especially for covering up scars and very acne prone skin. It can be purchased full size, or it can be given in samples—if you can get a sample, do it. That will save you money, for sure, as the makeup could run $35 a bottle otherwise.
Begin by lightly tapping the makeup on the tattoos and slowly increasing the amount until it’s covered up. Try not to get a makeup that is too light or it will make your arm look light blue.
It can be set into place by brushing on a translucent powder, very lightly. This should stay on until you use soap.
Also try Airbrush Legs by Sally Hansen. This stuff is wonderful, much cheaper, (around $12) and can be used separately, or in conjunction with the scar makeup.
If you would like to take a scarf, sarong, or shawl with you, make sure it is thin and airy—perhaps with a pattern to draw the eyes away from your arms.
I hope this helps!