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Make It Up Monday - Tattoos and Henna to Mask Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Tattoo

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Posted by Heather Coopersmith on September 17, 2018

Varicose veins can be a cosmetic issue for some of us. Maybe you have tried home remedies, special panty hose or makeup, but who has thought about tattooing? Varicose veins are enlarged veins. They are dark purple or blue in color and can be twisted or can look like they are bulging especially in your legs and feet due to walking and standing upright all day. Gravity doesn't let the flow of blood move upwards as it should, so the veins become enlarged and stretched. They are more of a cosmetic nuisance than anything else. If you are contemplating trying to erase some of these types of veins, you can use body makeup, compression socks, laser surgery or even tattooing over them!


Let's explore the latter option. I happened to see something about this recently and wanted to share it because it sounds like a great, viable option that is counter intuitive to what tattooing is meant for. This choice is obviously extremely personal and may not be for everyone. I don't know why I've never really thought about this being available for varicose veins before. Covering them up with a cool looking tattoo that has special meaning is a possibility. And getting coverage over these types of veins that is flesh colored, well this can be interesting too, right?! However you feel about tattoos, getting one to make it look like you don't have any discoloration on the skin is quite a twist on the concept! Of course, consulting a doctor beforehand is really important before making this decision.


Henna tattoos are another option for covering varicose veins! What's great about Henna is that it's non-permanent. So, if you would like the coverage without the commitment, this would be a great alternative for you. Not to mention beautiful as well. Having body art is a personal choice, having varicose veins is not unfortunately. They just happen, and realizing that getting a tattoo can possibly erase the discoloration that happens on your skin is pretty interesting. Using this medium in this way is something that I never thought of, so I wanted to bring it to your attention should you need it now or in the future. What are your thoughts about this concept?

Heather Coopersmith

Heather Coopersmith

With almost two decades as a professional makeup artist working on film projects, tv shows, photo shoots and weddings, LA based Heather Coopersmith brings some serious skills and knowledge to the Glad Lash Blog with her guest posts. Heather sees her art (and her hair!) as a creative outlet, and says "My world is a visual experience and I want to make you a part of it!" We're super excited to have Heather brightening up our world. You can reach out to Heather on Instagram @makeupthebride

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