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Tattoo Cover up

My sister has full sleeves and tattoos on her chest,shoulders,and back and my mother and myself want them covered for the wedding. I don't want her to wear long sleeves, my mother feels differently, but my wedding is in August. I already asked the woman doing our hair and makeup to cover them she said she has too many and wont have enough time. Any makeup recommendations? 

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  • Gross.

    The only thing your sister has to do is wear the dress you ask her to, and that's only if she's a bridesmaid (which I see now you didn't specify). Otherwise, you shouldn't even tell her how to dress, never mind this.

    Don't be the controlling sister who cares more about your vision than your family. Embrace your sister's tattoos instead of trying to make her live up to some bullshit ascetic ideal that she clearly does not (and does not want to) fit.
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  • My sister DOES want them covered! SHE offered to get a machine to airbrush them. SHE wants to be respectful of the church and photos! I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Is there anyone on here that offers nice constructive feedback or are you all on to trash people

  • randomsloverandomslove member
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    (There is a lot I'm choosing not to address in this... if you want no-holds-barred advice, shoot me message; otherwise, I'll assume you want nice advice.) Since your sister wants to cover them, with as much work as she has, your best best would be long sleeves. Makeup might work, but with that much tattooing, it'll be difficult. Everyone is different-- everyone's skin and ink is different. That's why there are several brands. For instance, my skin is both sensitive and oily, which can cause issues with makeup staying.

    Then you also have to figure in how much of it you'll need, how expensive it is, etc. If this is something you 100 percent want, but that she's just willing to do for you after you talked to her about it, you need to pay for the makeup. It may be expensive. You also need to do trial runs.

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  • peachy13peachy13 in my cubicle, doing very important work member
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    My sister DOES want them covered! SHE offered to get a machine to airbrush them. SHE wants to be respectful of the church and photos! I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Is there anyone on here that offers nice constructive feedback or are you all on to trash people


    Thank you for the clarification. There are a lot of people who come on TK asking questions like yours, about how to make their bridesmaid cover up tattoos or piercings, or how to ask their bridesmaids to dye their hair a normal color, etc. Most of the time, the bridesmaid in question has not requested to look different -- though it sounds like your sister has which changes things.

    Since it will be August and long sleeves might be hot, what about some kind of shawl or other cover up? 

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  • Save everyone the time/hassle and don't have your sister stand up in your wedding. Obviously you your mother and the church do not want to accept her as she is. So just invite her as a guest.
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  • Thank you! I guess for church sleeves shouldn't be an issue. Our photos will be in an ice rink so again not a concern. The reception then I don't care if she wears it or not. I'm sure my mother will have something to say about it but at that point we should all just be having a good time.
  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    I don't think covering them with makeup is a good idea.  She sounds like she has a lot of tattoos and anytime I have seen someone cover tattoos with makeup you can tell.  Add to the fact that the makeup could smudge or smear or come off on her dress and it just won't be a good look.  

    So I would suggest just getting her a shrug or shawl or something like that, that she could wear during the ceremony and then easily take off after.

  • You say she wants to cover them up. Did she offer or did she yes after you and your mother asked her to? 

    Honestly, as someone who has tattoos skip the make-up, get sleeves or a cami or something. The make-up never covers correctly and it can easily smudge or get on the dress. 
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya mod
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    I don't think covering them with makeup is a good idea.  She sounds like she has a lot of tattoos and anytime I have seen someone cover tattoos with makeup you can tell.  Add to the fact that the makeup could smudge or smear or come off on her dress and it just won't be a good look.  

    So I would suggest just getting her a shrug or shawl or something like that, that she could wear during the ceremony and then easily take off after.
    This. 

    I'm picturing smearing foundation all over my chest and arms and it sounds horrendous. I'd go with a shawl or something or ask dear old mom to get over it (my preference). 
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    My sister DOES want them covered! SHE offered to get a machine to airbrush them. SHE wants to be respectful of the church and photos! I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Is there anyone on here that offers nice constructive feedback or are you all on to trash people

    Does she really want them covered or was it more of, "Hey sis/daughter you know you need to cover up your tattoos for the wedding, right" and she brought up airbrushing?

    My mother forced me to cover up a tattoo for my first wedding. I was young and dumb, so I let her control me. The makeup I was assured wouldn't come off ended up getting ALL OVER my veil. 

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  • Why does she (or you and your mom) want her to be tattooless in the pictures? She has tattoos. A picture with her in it would therefore have her tattoos in it as well. I fail to see how tattoos are not respectful for pictures. Does your church actually have official rules against them? Again, if not, there is not a "respect" problem there either. It sounds like her ink is pretty extensive and that any kind of make-up will just not be feasible.
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  • If she is totally in favor of having them covered and is not being pushed into it at all, then I would go for some kind of shawl or maybe a lacy coverup (since its August).

    No on the makeup - its just going to get smeared, sweated off, and make a mess. 

    Personally I have a large tattoo on my back - and I deliberately chose a dress that would show it off. My tattoo is a part of me and those who don't like it can build a bridge and get over it. 
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  • there's a few with profanity. 
    This does not fully answer my questions. Are these few positioned so they could be covered by a dress, cardigan, or wrap? Again, has anyone in authority at your church actually said something about them? I have been to some really laid-back churches that simply don't/wouldn't give a fuck.
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  • Our church has said no strapless dresses, our shoulders need to be covered.. I have bought a lace bolero that I am putting hook & eyes to keep it together with the dress then after the ceremony I am taking it off, it was ~$30 and it turned out better than I thought.. I don't like the covering of tattoos, they are a part of a person. I would go with a shrug or cover for church something that can be removed after the ceremony, who cares what your mom thinks don't make her cover them, she may only be saying that because it may be what she thinks you want.. Don't make any one change for your wedding even if they offer to..
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  • I'll echo previous posters here a bit. If this is TRULY what SHE wants then I may have an idea that works for you, mind you it will involve some crafting. What she could do (depending on if the dress has sleeves/shoulders and her skin tone) is buy a pair of footless figure skating tights in a color that matches your sister's skin color and temporarily attach them to the shoulder part of the dress and hide the wrist part with bracelets or the bouquet. I suggest figure skating tights or dance tights as they are thicker than regular tights and so the tattoos showing through the tights shouldn't be a concern. Plus this way she wouldn't have to worry about makeup getting all over her dress. 

    Obviously this is not an ideal suggestion and will require some sewing and creativeness on her part but it could work if she's really committed to the idea. I really hope that you don't have to resort to this, but it's an option if you are desperate. 
  • MairePoppyMairePoppy Connecticut mod
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    Assuming your sister is the one who wants to cover up, what does her dress look like - could you attach lace sleeves?

    Cut the parts that you could use from something like this. If the sleeves won't stay up on their own, like fingerless gloves, attach them with hooks and eyes. 


    As per Knottie
    This top is a tank under a halter, could you shorten and hem the lace top so she could wear it over or under her dress for church and remove it if she likes for the reception.


    Easiest solution:


    As per knottie#s suggestion - check dance supply stores for nude body stockings.







                       
  • MesmrEweMesmrEwe member
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    If your Sister wants them covered during the church ceremony, your best bet is a long-sleeve dress jacket or sweater that coordinates with the dresses.  A short sleeve, wrap, etc. is not going to cover sleeve tattoos. 

    That's your best bet given it's August then take it off after the ceremony.  Unless these are super offensive tattoos, you aren't kidding anyone by covering them. 

    ETA - Another option is a "Flesh colored long-sleeve leotard" (similar to what you'd see on the top of a figure skater or dancer) for her dress LONG before I'd have something done with makeup.  This can run in the $20-30 range and provides relatively little disruption.  The makeup is just a stain looking for a place to happen...  It's good for a small area but you're talking a large-area to cover up. 

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  • PrettyGirlLostPrettyGirlLost A Land Filled with Unicorns and Cat Hair member
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    My sister DOES want them covered! SHE offered to get a machine to airbrush them. SHE wants to be respectful of the church and photos! I was looking for a cheaper alternative. Is there anyone on here that offers nice constructive feedback or are you all on to trash people

    In your OP you made it sound like you and your mother were the ones pushing this idea. . . so, color me skeptical. 

    *IF* your sister actually wants to cover up her tats, then she or you should hire a 2nd MUA to apply airbrush makeup to cover her tattoos.  There are several brands of make up formulated specifically to cover tattoos.

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  • Sorry, but I find this kind of funny. As a person with tattoos, you get them for a reason and they are a part of you, there is absolutely nothing that would make me want to cover them up. Not saying you did this but it sounds to me like you and mom bringing it up made her uncomfortable and she's trying to keep the peace.

    I'll go along with it though and tell you that makeup is going to be an unholy mess. My coaches in college decided after I had been there a year that they needed to be covered up in practice, we tried EVERYTHING and as soon as you start sweating it's not a pretty sight. They eventually gave up after a smearing of makeup all over the floor. If you really want her to cover them up get something with sleeves.

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  • Sorry, but I find this kind of funny. As a person with tattoos, you get them for a reason and they are a part of you, there is absolutely nothing that would make me want to cover them up. Not saying you did this but it sounds to me like you and mom bringing it up made her uncomfortable and she's trying to keep the peace.


    I'll go along with it though and tell you that makeup is going to be an unholy mess. My coaches in college decided after I had been there a year that they needed to be covered up in practice, we tried EVERYTHING and as soon as you start sweating it's not a pretty sight. They eventually gave up after a smearing of makeup all over the floor. If you really want her to cover them up get something with sleeves.
    I'm really loving the imagery of this story - what sport did you play?

  • Sorry, but I find this kind of funny. As a person with tattoos, you get them for a reason and they are a part of you, there is absolutely nothing that would make me want to cover them up. Not saying you did this but it sounds to me like you and mom bringing it up made her uncomfortable and she's trying to keep the peace.

    I'll go along with it though and tell you that makeup is going to be an unholy mess. My coaches in college decided after I had been there a year that they needed to be covered up in practice, we tried EVERYTHING and as soon as you start sweating it's not a pretty sight. They eventually gave up after a smearing of makeup all over the floor. If you really want her to cover them up get something with sleeves.
    I'm really loving the imagery of this story - what sport did you play?
    I was a gymnast through college. All of my tattoos were covered by the long sleeve competition leotard but not in practice attire. The trainer even though it was ridiculous that they were asking me to do that so one day he covered it with a HUGE patch and sewed cotton balls dangling from it.. 

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