Tattoos & Wedding Gowns
Weddings exude sophistication, glamour and classicism. So what do you do when you have tattoos, piercings and other body art? What were once considered taboo or the exception has now become the norm as tattoos and piercings have become very popular in the past few years. In fact, according to the New York Times, almost 40 per cent of Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and a third of Gen Xers have at least one tattoo – ergo tattoos and wedding gowns.
While some brides want to include their tattoos in their bridal décor, and will select a gown that best displays their body art, there are many others who worry about what they’re going to do with their ink on their wedding day. And this doesn’t end with bridal gowns. Some brides don’t want their bridesmaids’ tattoos appearing in the wedding photos either.
If you’re a tattooed bride worried about what your family might say about your ink, or you just want your body art covered up for the day, you have some options.
• There are a several cosmetics that can provide temporary coverage of your tattoos. Kat Von D developed several products for Sephora, such as the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation and Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. There is also Dermablend, which goes on a bit like greasepaint.
• You can hire a professional to apply airbrush formulas to cover tattoos, which should prevent smudging.
• If you are considering using make up or airbrushing to cover your tattoos, make sure you plan for this. You might want to try your solution before your wedding day. You don’t want to be sweating about your tattoo as you walk down the aisle because the concealer you bought doesn’t work.
• If you don’t want your body art at all, you can look into permanent laser removal. However, this can be very costly and can take months to complete.
• You can also ask your photographer to keep your tattoos out of the wedding album by electronic wizardry. However, no matter how good your photographer is, there are some things Photoshop won’t fix and there will be an additional cost for your photographer to do this. Another option is to get him or her to shoot you from an angle that hides the tattoo.
No matter which method you choose, there is going to be an added expense and planning required. And there’s no real guarantee (aside from permanent removal). Of course, if you’re a bride who is looking to flaunt her ink and is thinking about adding a new memento for your wedding day, you can always get matching tattoos with your wedding date afterwards.
afternote ~ a trick I came upon is finish off with hairspray: While it might sound crazy, trust me on this one. After you’re all done packing on the makeup, spritzing a light hairspray over the area will seal the deal. Not only will this further set the makeup, but it will also prevent it from rubbing off onto clothes throughout the day, too.