Bridal Tattoos Undercover

Tatted brides can conceal their ink with Ferbs Tattoo Undercover

Some brides flaunt their tattoos proudly on their wedding day and every day. Others love the ink but prefer to keep their body art hidden on their big day, or for their wedding photo session. And then, there are people like me, who’ve made somewhat…uh…regrettable tattoo decisions, and welcome the opportunity to temporarily erase them. If you’ve ever wished you could un-do your tattoo — even just for a day — Ferbs Cosmetics has got you covered. <!–more–>

Inked brides like these, photographed by Allebach Photography & featured on TattooedBride.com, are pretty darned gorgeous. But not every bride wants her body art on display on the big day.

Inked brides like these, photographed by Allebach Photography & featured on TattooedBride.com, are pretty darned gorgeous. But not every bride wants her body art on display on the big day.

Ferbs was created by Jennifer Podany and Anthony Cerreta, tattoo enthusiasts who have 10+ years of experience working in laser tattoo removal clinics.  After aiding in more than 30,000 laser treatments, they realized that there was a huge demand for a more cost-effective way to hide tattoos, and  Ferbs Cosmetics temporary tattoo cover up was born. Jennifer and Anthony are big tattoo people, and don’t think that people should ever have to hide their love of ink. They’re just all about giving tatted folks the flexibility to be themselves and conceal or reveal as much as they want to.

FERBS tattoo cover up comes with a liquid concealor and a finishing powder. Our intrepid intern Bowen makes magic in the background.

FERBS tattoo cover up comes with a liquid concealor and a finishing powder. Our intrepid intern Bowen makes magic in the background.

So before I tell you about my Ferbs test-run, let’s take a little journey back to 1992. Pearl Jam was on the radio, kids were breaking limbs in moshpits, and I was rocking my steel-toed Doc Martens with baby-doll dresses. And lots of flannel. One day after school, I followed the cute boy I was crushing on to a tattoo parlor and got a tribal lizard inked onto my hip. Why? I dunno. Probably so he’d think I was cool. Years later, I decided that the lizard had to be traded in for something more meaningful, so I had a tattoo artist in Mexico attempt to cover it with a rose design (Rose is my middle name). As it turns out, it’s fairly impossible to cover up a thickly drawn black lizard tattoo with a delicate red rose. Who knew?

Yes, it's unfortunate. I know.

My LizardRose. Yes, it’s unfortunate.

Today, my tat is a black and red blobby thing with leaves growing out of it. So I was eager to see if Ferbs would work to cover that baby up! I followed the instructions they provide in this video. Well, almost followed them. I didn’t use a brush to layer on the liquid concealer, or a sponge to blend it in. I used my fingers instead, which isn’t exactly how I’d recommend that you do it, or how I’d do it for a wedding or special occasion. But for a quick run-through, it did the trick. The pic below is how my tat looked after the first layer of concealer was applied.

On the left, London. On the right, France.

On the left, you see London. On the right, you see France.

The liquid concealer is surprisingly thick and provides incredible coverage. You *must* order it in the right color, or it will look weird, like you have a discolored patch of skin. Not hot. But when it’s a good match, it’s kind of amazing how well the concealer blends in and how natural it looks. I ordered two different colors, which ended up working out perfectly because my blob falls right on my tan line.

Going, going...

Going, going…

This is what it looked like after the second layer of liquid concealer was applied (above), then the third (below). Pretty cool, huh? And in person, it looked exactly as natural as it does in these pics. Well okay, the one below isn’t totally accurate  — I’m not that blurry in real life.

...GONE!

…GONE! This one’s just a *touch* blurry, but see a sharper snap of the results below

After applying three layers of concealer, I did an overall dusting with the Ferbs dry powder, and I used a bit of my own mineral powder to blend it. The result was natural-looking, flexible, complete coverage of the tattoo. I can see how this would even work for a really large tattoo, and how quick and easy it would be to quickly cover up an ankle tat or something small. The extra-cool part was that I wore these jeans all day long, and the concealer didn’t rub off at all! Which is uber-important if you’re planning to use this stuff on your wedding day, because a white wedding dress covered in concealer goop is never a good look.

Who, me? Lizard-flower tattoo? You must be thinking of someone else.

Who, me? Lizard-flower tattoo? You must be thinking of someone else.

I usually try to only recommend green/sustainable/chemical-free products on these pages, and the Ferbs Tattoo Undercover line doesn’t fit into that category. But I don’t think it’s possible to get this kind of coverage and staying power from an all-natural makeup. So while I wouldn’t advise wearing synthetic concealers every day, you may want something like this to do the trick for your wedding, job interview, photo shoot, etc. I also think that Ferbs is going to become an indispensable part of every makeup artist’s bag of tricks, so take note if you’re in the bridal beauty industry.

Lucky for us, the kind folks at Ferbs are offering 10% off to all Recycled Bride members through June 1st. To redeem your discount, just go to the Ferbs website and enter coupon code RECYCLEDBRIDE when you place your order.

And please send me your Ferbs bride before-and-after pics! I’d love to see how it works for you.

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