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Top 5 Ways to Cover Up Tattoos At Work

Tattoos are a fun way for adventurous moms to express themselves. They are often an extension of personality and a creative outlet.

In 2020, around 30% of US college graduates had tattoos, meaning a large portion workforce is tattooed. Not all employers embrace tattoos in the workplace. Even though several companies are embracing alternative dress codes, 70% of employers in the US prefer ink to not be visible.

Check your employer’s dress code to ensure you remain in compliance. If you find you need to cover up your tattoos at work, we've listed the top 5 ways to do it in our post below. Take a look!

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Clothing is the easiest way to hide tattoos. Many people choose the placement of their ink by how easily basic clothing will hide them.

Arm and back designs are easily covered by wearing a suit blazer or a long sleeve dress shirt. Leg and ankle designs are able to be covered with long skirts or pants.

When picking out your professional wardrobe, check that your ink does not pop out when you lift your arms or bend over.


If your tattoos are on the smaller side, you might find your makeup drawer helpful. You are likely to already own foundation and concealers in your skin tones.

Use them on top of your ink as you would a skin blemish. Make sure to use a setting spray so it lasts all day.


In a quick pinch, a stick-on bandage is a quick way to effortlessly cover up a tattoo. There are all sorts of different options. It is unlikely to find one to truly cover up a tattoo, but it will mask it. While it may be obvious you are wearing a Band-Aid, no one else will know what is underneath.

If you choose to use another cover up option, it is a good idea to keep a few Band-Aids in your bag just in case. It only takes a few seconds to put one on, making it the quickest solution.


Before running out to purchase new items, take a look at the accessories you already own. Do you have something you can use strategically to cover your ink?

Large bangle bracelets or watches are often used for wrist tattoos. Scarves can be used to hide neck ink. Even your hair, if long enough, can be styled to hide tattoos on the upper neck or behind ears.

If you do not own anything that will work or you simply want to treat yourself, look for accessories that will hide your ink. Chunky, layered bracelets are on trend right now and would work as a beautiful accessories while hiding your wrist tattoos.

Cover-Up Products

While more expensive than most makeup, specifically designed cover-up products are formulated to cover tattoos. Popular options with good coverage reviews include Dermablend and MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation.

Tattoo coverage products are generally heavier, to provide better coverage than makeup designed for your face.

Make sure your tattoos are fully healed before using any of these products. Keep an eye on your skin for any irritation.

Curbing the Adventure

We don't ever want to tell you that you shouldn't have adventures. Yet being adventurous often means you have to make adjustments to comply with regular life. If your employer is strict about tattoos in the workplace, the above ideas can help.

As with any new beauty routine, try it out before the morning when you are heading into work. It is always frustrating when a new beauty idea flops, and it is even more frustrating to have it happen when you are already running behind.

Hopefully one day, all employers will embrace unique tattoos but until that happens, use these ideas to stay in compliance with dress codes. After all, you need to keep your job in order to be able to afford more tattoos! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for bonus content.

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