5 Ways to Cover Tattoos (and Piercings) at Work

If you want to get a job or to be taken seriously at work, you can’t have tattoos and body piercings. Right?

Some companies are accepting of how people choose to express themselves at work. However, many organizations still oppose visible tattoos and piercings (other than the ears).  

Did you know? In the United States, tattoos are protected as free speech under the Constitution, but employers can still restrict the display of such expressions in company policies.

If your workplace is a no-visible-tat-or-piercing zone, or if you’re attending an interview and are not sure of the dress code, you’ll need to cover them up. Here are some ideas on how to hide those personal expressions during the day and still pass the dress code.

We’re not trying to stifle your creativity, but if you like your job, you’ll have to take the bad with the good. 




For piercings such as those on the nose, eyebrow and outer mouth facial, you can wear clear plastic retainers to reduce their appearance and keep the piercing from closing.

Body makeup for tattoos


You may have to try several brands before you find one that does an adequate cover-up job. Dermablend is one of the best brands on the market for covering body ink, and they offer easy tutorials:



While this suggestion won’t help in summer weather, you can easily cover upper arm or forearm tattoos with quarter-length or long sleeve tops. For the summer, wear a lightweight blazer indoors during meetings.  

Pants and skirts

Pants easily cover any leg tats. Depending on where your ink is located, knee-length and midi skirts will take care of ink above the calves. Ankle tattoos require either a long pencil or maxi skirt or body makeup. 


For small- to medium-sized wrist tattoos, instead of makeup, consider a thick band watch or bracelet, or a stack of skinny bangles.

For back tattoos, avoid wearing anything backless at work. Neck tats may be a little trickier to hide. If you have long hair, you can wear your hair down. In cooler months, women with long or short hair can get away with a stylish scarf.

The skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique in Lincolnshire, Illinois, published this interesting infographic on tattoos in the workplace, including how "37 percent of HR managers cite tattoos as the third most likely physical attribute that limits career potential." 

Does your workplace frown upon body piercings and other personal expressions? How do you cover them up during the workday? Share in the comments below. 

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