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New RN, what kind of makeup can I use to cover a tattoo?

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I have several tattoos that I obtained before becoming a medical worker years ago . I recently graduated school and passed nclex, got a job and will start in 2 wks as a new RN. I wore long sleeves in clinicals , but its hot and i have a chest piece that sticls up a little. Does anyone have experience with Stage or theater makeup or any make up that will work thats water/sweat proof? Any Positive tips would help. Thank you.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

Dermablend will cover a tattoo well. I used it to cover one on my chest not hidden by my wedding dress.

CalicoKitty, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Wound Care. Has 9 years experience.

I'm not sure how the chest piece is covered by long sleeves. You could try just a tshirt or other undershirt that can cover the chest piece. I think when I was interviewing, a woman appeared to have gauze on her arm (and some tattoo sticking onto her hand below it). One of my old managers in a restaurant used to wear a wrist brace to cover up his (racist) tattoo on his hand. Some sites may also have rules that are a little 'lax' when it comes to tattoos that are not easily covered up (and are not obscene).

I have quarter sleeves on my wrist up to mid arm before elbow. The star on my chest comes up to neck so shirts unless turtle neck dont hid the chest piece. I want to cover wrist too

I've tried several brand/types of makeup and never had one that holds up well to lots of motion in sweaty conditions.

I have several of these I wear under scrubs, if you go a size smallet than normal they come up higher than on the model. Being 100% cotton I've found they actually keep me cooler than wearing nothing under my scrubs.

Bella Ladies' Rib Spaghetti Tank Top

These are good too (again, go a size smaller) but there are limited colors Anvil Semi-Sheer Spaghetti-Strap Tank

A for the wrist...try a watch with a wide band.

The problem with trying to cover a wrist with makeup is that even a heavy, oil based make up is going to wash or rub off.

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I would need three to four watch bands to cover it. So im stuck with long sleeves I guess.my hr told me that a girl haf a spiderweb from her ear down her neck to chest and she used threatical makeup bc its sweat/water proof and you couldnt tell. I guess ill use dermablend and try that.

Saw an ad for what you need not three weeks ago, unfortunately don't remember the catalog. I would do an internet search.

Double-Helix, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU. Has 10 years experience.

Long sleeves are really the only way to cover your 1/4 sleeves. You'll be washing your hands/arms frequently and it's very unlikely that any make-up would stay in place through several washes with soap and water. You would have to reapply frequently. That's also a lot of cover-up you would need to conceal both of your lower arms. It would work for your chest tattoo though, if your facility even requires that you cover it. Tattoo Cover Up Makeup | Tattoo Cover Ups - Tattoo Cosmetics Sephora: Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer: Concealer

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I also vote for Dermablend. Or pay a visit to your local Sephora or Ulta (Ulta sells Dermablend, BTW) to see if they have other suggestions.

SHGR, MSN, RN, CNS

Specializes in nursing education.

Wear a dickey, or a higher necked shirt? Would be a lot easier than futzing with makeup and having to worry about it.

MassED, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

I have several tattoos that I obtained before becoming a medical worker years ago . I recently graduated school and passed nclex, got a job and will start in 2 wks as a new RN. I wore long sleeves in clinicals , but its hot and i have a chest piece that sticls up a little. Does anyone have experience with Stage or theater makeup or any make up that will work thats water/sweat proof? Any Positive tips would help. Thank you.

After you get the job, I wouldn't worry so much about the appearance of tattoos, unless it's extreme and might offend. I work with many professionals who have tattoos on the arms, that I can see, and it's so normal now that I don't think anyone pays attention to it. I do see a TON of people now, as opposed to even 5 years ago, that wear eyebrow/nose/lip piercings. That's another topic, but that is pushing the envelope, since that is literally in a person's face. And by person, I mean patient.

I only have one arm 1/4 . so I only would want to cover the 1/4 and like the top 1/2 inch of my chest to neck. im just sick of wearing long sleeves. The Hr lady told me yesturday that the hosp is a ''stickler'' for covering tattoos. my tats are not offensive at all but that doesnt matter. I have googled what kind of makeup , but I was just looking for nurses with real exp in using the makeup not paid testimonies from companies.

Creamsoda, ASN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Id think that I would just wear long sleeves. Maybe you can find a really thin fabric thats long sleeved so you wouldn't get so hot. The makeup thing just seems like so much trouble, especially when washing hands/wrists act

Merlyn

Specializes in none.

I have several tattoos that I obtained before becoming a medical worker years ago . I recently graduated school and passed nclex, got a job and will start in 2 wks as a new RN. I wore long sleeves in clinicals , but its hot and i have a chest piece that sticls up a little. Does anyone have experience with Stage or theater makeup or any make up that will work thats water/sweat proof? Any Positive tips would help. Thank you.

A company by the name of 'Bloody Mary' has a tattoo covering kit.

http://www.dearbloodymary.com/makeup_products.html

They carry a lot of horror and goth make-up

ScrappytheCoco

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma/LDRP/Ortho ASC. Has 3 years experience.

Kat Von D has a line of makeup at Sephora...some of it is made specifically to cover tattoos. I know some girls in my class who use it and I would never know they had tattoos if I didn't see them on class days! They always talk about how they love it. Seems to work great.

Sephora: Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer: Concealer

Get them removed if they worry you so much.

Unfortunately you are stuck with wearing long sleeves...you can search around and try to get the thinnest material possible, maybe underarmour? make-up is gonna be a total pain in the behind, you will have to apply it and/or touch it up every day and possibly throught the day on a long shift, just think of how many times your arms will rub against a patient, a bed, etc. And you will be leaving smudges of make-up on bed linens and pt gowns.