Since tattoos have only been popular to the masses for the last 20 yrs or so most characters in film or television shows that takes place before that time have to be tattoo free. Even in shows or films set in modern time not all characters would wear tattoos. For instance if the character is a girl who grew up in a monastery the actress playing her can't have a dragon tattooed across her lower back.
Even if you're not a makeup artist you may have to go on an interview or meet your guys parents and you might want to keep that tat under wraps (for now).
I've found a combination of products and application techniques that cover tattoos well. This is one way.
I start with DermaBlend Leg and Body Primer. Comes in light and tan. Apply a decent coat of it onto the tattoo using the stick foundation applicator. Blend the edges with a brush or your fingers.
|DermaBlend Leg and Body Primer|
Next if the tattoo is black or blue I apply Kryolan DermaColor D30 (orange) sparingly to help color correct. Use the stipple technique* with your finger or a sponge.
Then I apply DermaColor Leg and Body Cover. It comes in 14 shades from Ivory to Dark. Sometimes it is helpful to use a couple of colors to get the exact shade you want.
It's best to apply with the stipple technique* with a sponge or your fingers.
|DermaBlend Leg and Body Cover|
Allow to dry 3 to 5 minutes before applying another coat if needed.
Dry fully 5 to 10 minutes then add setting powder.
|DermaBlend Setting Powder|
|Ben Nye Final Seal|
If you or the character is going to get wet, say in a rain storm, I suggest using a sealer. I like Ben Nye's Final Seal. It has a minty fragrance which I find odd but as long as you don't mistake it for mouth wash, it's a great sealer.