3 Almost Effortless Ways to Handle Tattoos Without Removing Them For the Wedding

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Today’s brides and bridesmaids may face a wedding-day challenge that their mothers and grandmothers weren’t able to solve simply with something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue. With the popularity of tattoos, some brides and their bridesmaids must decide what – if anything – they’ll do with their body art as they get dressed to walk down the aisle.

There is no need to panic or look into something as drastic as tattoo removal. Instead, you might consider letting them shine, covering them up or camouflaging your tattoos.

LEAVE THEM ON DISPLAY
Do you feel strongly about your tattoo and what it represents? If you consider your body art to be a beautiful part of you rather than a memory of a drunken mistake that you try to hide, then you probably aren’t interested in covering them up on your wedding day.

If your tattoos mean that much to you, chances are good that your friends and family have learned to accept them. With that being said, they’ll love you and think you look beautiful without going to great lengths to hide your tattoos.

Keep your preferences in mind as you begin to shop for a wedding gown. Do you plan on choosing a dress that will scoop down enough to show the butterfly on your breast? Or a tea-length gown that will show off the tatt on your ankle?

COVER UP
Even brides who adore their tattoos might feel that they are a bit out of place if the wedding is ultra-traditional. There are several options that will let you conceal the tattoo with makeup.

Regular makeup often lacks enough pigment to cover the tattoo effectively. Another downside of using regular makeup is the fact that it can easily slide off of the skin, revealing the tattoo beneath or – even worse – staining your dress.

Several specialized types of makeup are manufactured with the sole purpose of hiding tattoos. A quick search online will reveal many options.

Don’t wait until the morning of your wedding to break out the tattoo cover-up and give it a go. Instead, be sure to purchase the makeup in advance and set aside some time to play with it. A few hours on a Saturday with your bridesmaids will give you enough time to work with the product. It’s also a great way to get the point across to any tattooed bridesmaids that you would prefer to have all eyes on YOU during the ceremony and reception rather than on their tatts.

While some brands of makeup are made specifically for covering tattoos with a light touch, keep in mind that if several layers of makeup must be used to cover the ink, chances are high that the darkness of the makeup will be noticeable to your guests and might also appear darker in your photos.

CAMOUFLAGE
If playing with makeup doesn’t appeal to you, consider disguising your tattoos. This is also a great choice if you would like to downplay your tattoos during the ceremony and then let them shine when it’s time to party.

Camouflaging your tattoos could be as easy as choosing a dress with fabric strategically placed where it will fall over your tattoos. Wide straps or a high collar could cover a tattoo on your neck, shoulder, or chest. Long sleeves might cover the barbed wire around your upper arm or the tattoo on your wrist.

Another option would be to find something to wear over the bodice of your dress to make the tattoos less visible during the ceremony, and then take it off for the reception. Vintage clothing stores are a great place to look for something unique.

A wrap, like something worn with a formal gown, might be perfect for you. An elegant drape would nestle against your inner elbows and across your lower back, with a length of fabric falling toward the floor on each side. For a lighter version of this look, choose a meshy material such as tulle or something to match your veil. If you’ve got the personality to pull it off, a boa might even do the trick.

While many brides skip wearing a veil these days, such a headpiece brushing across your shoulders, or even down your back, could be all that is needed to make your ink discreet.