All About Skin Tone Tattoo Colour

Skin camouflage micropigmentation for scars is not a new concept.  Nowadays there are many artists who specialise in this treatment and are often to referred to as medical tattooists or skin camouflage tattoo artists.  Micropigmentation and tattooing are on in the same thing – it is just semantics. Since Brazilian tattoo artist Rodolpho Torres emerged on the scene in 2017 with his new techniques for tattoo camouflaging stretch marks, this treatment has taken the USA and Brazil by storm.  The new technique has now filtrated into the UK through Ink Illusions. Matching skin colour is not an easy feat.  It takes an eye for colour and knowing which colours to add or subtract to get the desired result.  The artist also needs to take into consideration the client’s undertone, overtone, melanin stimulation and healed colour when mixing.  And knowing when a client isn’t a good candidate for treatment. One thing that really shocked me about the Brazilian technique, is the lack of colours being used to camouflage all skin tones.  4 colours were presented to mix up to allegedly match anyone.  These are white, “skin” tone, beige, dark beige (brown).  The Brazilian pioneer has literally taught thousands of students and results are emerging, demonstrating that the colour mixing teaching methods are not the full picture.  It does not teach anything about colour theory and how it is necessary in some skin types to modify colour with grey/green/orange/pink.  It does not explain the way ink heals in the skin (losing vibrance etc).  There is no explanation of natural melanin production or hyperpigmentation in some skin types, which affects the healed colour.  He does not explain the risk of using too much titanium dioxide and saturation.  In fact, the Brazilian theory suggests adding more titanium dioxide (white) to match very light skin tones, which is very risky business.

Result 1 on the right (left hand image) shows an example of one of a students result on a client who was trained by the Brazilian pioneer – she had no idea what she had done wrong and of course the teacher himself wasn’t interested in responding to her.  Unfortunately, for this client, the only option is removal.  Result 2 on the right hand side shows another example of lack of knowledge on on how to do this treatment correctly.

All About Skin Tone Tattoo Colour Ink Illusions
All About Skin Tone Tattoo Colour Ink Illusions

To a point, the Brazilian set of colours work for their client’s skin tones in Brazil, but since the treatment is creeping all over the world, the colour mixing techniques need to be greatly improved upon if good results are to be achieved, covering a more complex diversity of skin tones internationally.

Having continued further training in the USA, some of these colour issues were addressed, with additional modifier colours added to the set of inks.   But still there was a problem with all skin types, namely skin type 1 and skin types 5 and 6 (on the Fitzpatrick scale).  Now let me be clear, skin type 1 are not good candidates for this treatment because their skin is almost transparent – you can too easily see the ink sitting in the skin.  I always recommend MCA Dry Needling for type 1 candidates – if they insist on colour then an extremely dilute colour wash can be used but explaining to them on the risk of using titanium dioxide in the skin (white pigment fades last).  Type 5 and 6 can achieve amazing results with stretch mark tattoo camouflage techniques, as long as the artist understands the risks of hyperpigmentation issues in darker skin types and takes this into consideration when mixing the colours.  We are NOT matching complexion colour; we are matching undertone + overtone + ink colour to arrive at the final result.


The Ink Illusions colour matching technique has built on the original Brazilian and USA techniques, to provide a new and improved way to match all skin tones more affectively.  The 3-day training course explores colour theory basics, together with colour mixing, skin matching, and live model tattooing.  It is the most thorough training course on the market to cover tattooing techniques for disguising stretch marks, injury scars and vitiligo.  

The course covers risks, materials, client consultations, needle configuration, permanent vs semi-permanent inks, organic vs inorganic inks, tattoo removal options, micro-needling, MCA dry-needling and much more.  

Module 1 theory is online, followed by 2 practical classroom days. The course is an amalgamation of shared experience, together with knowledge from 6 separate courses I have undertaken.

All About Skin Tone Tattoo Colour Ink Illusions
All About Skin Tone Tattoo Colour Ink Illusions

If you want to ensure you come away with a complete understanding on skin tone matching and tattooing, the risks involved, and how to minimise and deal with complications, then this is the course for you.  Be one of the first professional trained artists in stretch mark tattoo treatments.

Class sizes are small (no more than 3 students) so you get personal attention and plenty of experience before leaving the classroom.  Support following the course is ongoing, should you have queries on a potential client etc.

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