Looking "professional" and "my age" with tiny visible tattoo--cover it with earings? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 13 Old 11-24-2010, 01:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, this is total fluff, but I was curious about others' perceptions.  One of my ears looks like this:

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Basically, it ended up tattooed from wearing cheap earings as a teenager. I'm going to be interviewing for some painfully professional jobs in the next year or so, and I was wondering how bad you all think this looks.  I don't like having my hair down, so covering it that way for interviews isn't a practical option.  I sometimes wear earings to cover them, but it doesn't cover them completely and then I've got a bunch of earrings in....when I graduated we were advised to wear one pair of simple studs (or pearls, or whatever) for interviews...and that was only in '06. 

 

Generally, I really don't care what others think, but in an interview, well, you are being judged, and if a tiny, weird looking tattoo gives an older person an uncomfortable "vibe", I don't want that to be the thing that makes or breaks the impression I make.  I guess I could think about having them laser-removed, but I'm not sure about the cost, whether it would be worth it, etc.

 

So what do you all think?  Totally overreacting?  Be honest!


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I would notice this, because i live in a world of crazy details, but i don't think i'd judge you on it!  LOL.  I mean, it looks like a mark, it's not like you have little swastikas tattooed in there!  If you're super uncomfortable a bit of concealer and some powder foundation over the top would probably reduce it so much it'd just look like a shadow?

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It doesn't really have an definable shape like a tattoo so I don't know that I'd assume it was one. Could you use a little foundation or something cover it more?

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It doesn't really have an definable shape like a tattoo so I don't know that I'd assume it was one. Could you use a little foundation or something cover it more?



 

 This is what I was going to suggest.  A little bit of foundation should cover it enough so it's barely noticeable.

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If hair is the only way to cover it up then I'd do it whether it was my normal look or not, but I'd try makeup first.


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I think it's probably barely noticeable. I would try make-up rather than earings way up on your ear like that. Even if the make-up only covers it a little, that will help enough. I would also suggest covering it with hair - BUT you should feel totally comfortable, 100% confident in your skin, hair, clothes and make-up for an interview. So if hair down makes you self-conscious- don't do it. 


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It almost looks like a birthmark.  Many professional and semi professional positions frown on cartilage piercings so foundation would be your best best.


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I think it looks like it could possibly be a mole even. I wouldn't do earrings there, but that's just me. ( I had piercings all the way up and now never wear any, lol). If it makes you uncomfortable to have visible I'd try a bit of concealer as suggested too.

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I agree that it just looks like a birthmark or mole or something.  I wouldn't worry about it at all.  However, if you do want to cover it, I would use foundation or concealer.  I would think that would work well enough.


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I think wearking earrings will just draw more attention to it. I'd maybe just dab a little concealer so it isn't so apparent - no need to completely cover it IMO.

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I know that they sell special makeup that is just for covering up tattoos. The permanent solution would be to have the marks removed by laser, but that is costly. I don't think the marks look too bad but if it were me and I wanted to cover them, I would opt for the makeup.

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Duh, makeup.  Don't know why I didn't think of that!  That is probably what I'll do.  Since I have some time, I'll look in to costume-type makeup, maybe.

 

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I agree with the makeup option.  Dry something like Dermablend.  You can even go to a store that sells it, see if they can find the best product and color for you, and if you're happy with the results, you can buy the product.

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