Bridal Tips: Covering up tattoos

Q. When I was 18, I got a tattoo on my chest, just above my breast. Now, I'm about to get married, and my wedding dress will reveal it. I have fallen out of love with my tattoo and I don't want it displayed on my wedding day. How can I cover it up? Don't suggest that I get a different dress. I cannot part with the one I have.

A. You are not alone in wanting to cover up your tattoo. Believe me; I get mails like this on a daily basis from women who deeply regret their ’body art’ and would do anything to rid themselves of it. Even Spice Girl Melanie C has confessed she regrets many of her 11 tattoos and would like to get them removed - and I’m sure that Katy Perry is wishing that she had never got a Sanskrit tattoo on her forearm declaring her love for a certain MR Russell Brand.

Like many things in life - tattoos fall into the ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time,’ category. So how do you cover yours up?
Tattoos, birthmarks, scars and other skin issues can be the bane of your life... but they can always be hidden. Cosmetics have come a long way in recent years, meaning no one needs to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly birthmarks, or even that dodgy tattoo you had years ago when you were young and daft. Thanks to innovative concealing make-up and kits, you can now completely hide birthmarks and imperfections and, if you need to make a tattoo vanish briefly, then that's possible, too.

My favourite product is Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, an all-encompassing concealer made for everything from scars to burns to (of course) tattoos. The concealer, €25, works to shield anything you’d like to hide from the prying eyes of the outside world. It offers ultra-long lasting, waterproof, oil-free protection in 12 available shades - and the lovely girls in Make Up Forever will help you to match your skin tone exactly!

If that does not tickle your fancy a dramatic necklace will also cover the offending body art – and give your wedding look a glamorous edge. Either way, I’m sure you’ll make a beautiful bride...

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer, €25, Available at Makeup Forever, 38 Clarendon Street Dublin 2.