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A foot tattoo is a breeze to hide for those moments when you feel like keeping your ink to yourself. Job interviews, first dates, family dinners or any stress-tinged event do not have to become an exhibit of your foot tattoo. What only painful and expensive laser removal can do for good, a few household items can do for a night. Socks, shoes, a bandage or even a bit of concealer will do the trick. Costume shops and makeup counters sell specially made kits of liquid or powder concealer to mask tattoos.

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Slip on a pair of socks or hosiery. Remember that sheer hosiery will only soften the tattoo and that certain sport socks are also sheer or too short to cover an entire foot. Check out your socks or hosiery under the glare of a bright light before safely leaving home.

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Coat the tattoo with makeup, namely cream concealer. Find a concealer color that matches your skin tone, but a color-toned concealer of green, blue or lavender will work if your tattoo is brightly colored. The colored concealer neutralizes the opposite color, so green neutralizes red and yellow neutralizes blue tattoos. Use your fingers to apply the concealer, or try a sponge if blending two different shades of concealer.

Tape up your foot with white athletic tape or a cloth bandage if you do not mind telling a tiny lie about overdoing it at soccer practice or at the gym. Tiny tattoos will disappear with the application of a small colorful bandage or a fashionable sticker from the drug store, so it does not scream medical problem.


Carry a special pair of sneakers or slip-on shoes in your car if you are tattoo-shy.

Concealer comes in liquid, powder and stick forms and in various shades and colors.


Light hosiery can make a foot tattoo appear like a bruise.

Any type of make-up will wear off eventually over time, or could accidentally smear clothing.

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Gwendolyn Filosa, a newspaper reporter since 1996, earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Indiana University. Her work has been published in various daily newspapers through the Associated Press. She lives and writes in New Orleans, La.