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3 Ways to Cover a Tattoo of Your Ex’s Name

November 5, 2015

3 ways to cover a tattoo of your ex's name

Just because people say to avoid tattooing your current lover’s name on your body, it doesn’t mean everyone will actually listen. Being in love could make you do slightly crazy things you never thought you would have done before. One of them could be tattooing a full-blown portrait or name of your boyfriend or girlfriend.

But what do you do when your relationship goes sour and you’re still walking around with a tattoo of your ex-lover’s name? Don’t worry—not all hope is lost.

Cover Your Tattoo With a New One

One common way of removing the past is by changing or adding onto the tattoo to make it completely different. A famous example is Johnny Depp. When he and Winona Ryder were together, he tattooed “Winona Forever” on his arm. When they split up, he started laser tattoo removal sessions. Instead of removing it altogether, he dropped a few letters and the end result was “Wino Forever”.

Halle Berry also covered up a tattoo of her first husband’s name on her butt cheek. After they divorced in 1996, she removed his name and replaced it with a sunflower. “I chose a sunflower because when darkness descends they close up to regenerate,” Halle said. She added that she wished she never got a tattoo in the first place though. “Clear, clear skin is always better,” she said.

Apply makeup to cover your tattoo

Apply Makeup on Your Tattoo

If you’re heading to important events or back on the dating market, you probably don’t want your ex’s name shown on your body. You can temporarily cover it up with makeup.  Keep in mind you shouldn’t try to cover up any tattoo with makeup unless it’s completely healed. If you do, you run the risk of developing infections.

How to cover your tattoo with regular makeup:

  • Use an alcohol wipe to prep your tattoo to clean the skin and remove excess oil
  • Apply concealer with a makeup sponge or brush to your tattoo
  • Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. It could be a spray, liquid or cream foundation
  • Apply translucent powder on top of the foundation for a matte finish
  • Finish off with some hairspray on top of your makeup. This helps prevent the makeup from rubbing off onto clothing
  • Let it dry off before putting on layers or clothing

There are also makeup products that are specifically tailored to covering up tattoos. These products are usually more expensive than regular makeup, but you’ll get heavy and long-lasting coverage.

Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photo at SpaMedica Toronto

Remove Your Tattoo With Laser Tattoo Removal

If you’re not that savvy with makeup or you simply have no patience to constantly apply makeup to cover your tattoo, then remove it altogether. Many of Dr. Mulholland’s laser tattoo removal patients come in to remove tattoos they regret or are embarrassed of. Unsurprisingly, many of these tattoos are names of ex-boyfriends and girlfriends.

There’s no reason to be embarrassed, though. Lots of people remove their tattoos, including celebrities. Paris Hilton removed Nick Carter’s name from her butt cheek after they broke up. Angelina Jolie removed Billy Bob Thorton’s name on her arm after their divorce. The list goes on and on.

With PicoSure laser tattoo removal, tattoo removal is even faster and provides better clearance compared to older technologies. Getting rid of your tattoo might be more expensive than having it inked on, but at least you won’t have to walk around with your past displayed on your skin.

Posted by Jenn Horowitz