Lady Gaga’s makeup artist covered her tattoos for the GG: smart or unnecessary?

When Lady Gaga commits to a look, she goes all out. We’ve seen her as an alien, wearing raw meat, in various states of undress, and in some of the craziest outfits imaginable. However ever since she teamed up with Tony Bennett about a year and a half ago she’s really toned it down. In fact she’s tried to look demure (for her) and old Hollywood in an attempt to be taken seriously and it’s worked somewhat. She earned a leading role on American Horror Story: Hotel for which she just won a Golden Globe. She still looked bizarre at the ceremony – like a fever dream of a trashy 60s housewife, but she tried. Part of that trying involved having all of her arm tattoos covered up by a makeup artist. The sleuths over at MTV noticed in some of the Globes photos that Gaga’s tattoos weren’t visible. In a few photos (it’s harder to see here) you can actually see some of the makeup.

Gaga, who usually flaunts her almost-all-over body ink, covered everything up with makeup for the night of the Golden Globes. And she almost got away with it, but that press room lighting doesn’t lie.

Gaga brought in makeup artist Mike Mekash, who’s worked on films like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Iron Man 2,” to do the job for her. How he was able to cover up everything though, I’ll never understand. I’m assuming Gaga spent a fair amount of her day in the makeup chair. I hope it was worth it, girl.

[From MTV]

Of course you can see the difference in her arms but more striking than that is the difference in her face in the few months since the Emmys. Gaga’s face looked completely jacked at the Globes and when you compare how she looks now to how pretty she was in September, it’s very noticeable. She’s only 29 and she’s wrecked her face with injectables. I hope it settles for her, that’s all I’m going to say.

I don’t think tattoos look trashy, with a few exceptions, and Gaga looked just as nice with her tattoos showing at the Emmys. This didn’t seem necessary to me. I’m not sure how these were covered up but I’ve heard Dermablend works very well for covering tattoos and varicose veins.

Also, Gaga had a makeup artist on hand but she either had an incompetent colorist, no colorist was available, or that terrible yellow/white hybrid hair was deliberate. None of those explanations make any sense. I have a better guy in my small town.

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44 Responses to “Lady Gaga’s makeup artist covered her tattoos for the GG: smart or unnecessary?”

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  1. Bichon says:

    I was all for Kirstin Dunst. And why get a tattoo to hide?

  2. Div says:

    Big tattoos aren’t to my taste but I think it’s sad that society gives people so much shit for them. They obviously make some people happy so who cares? Anyway, she looked so good nevertheless but that hair is so awful. I’m kind of rooting for her to succeed with her career revamp and new album because she does have a great voice.

  3. Karen says:

    Same thoughts as me. I don’t care about hiding her tattoos.

    But why oh why did she do so much to her face at one time (at 29!!!!) ???

    • michelleb says:

      I know, right? She is a pretty woman and so young. I don’t understand why she’s had work done.

      Her hair is truly awful. It reminds me of the time I tried to help my cousin colour her hair when we were thirteen and didn’t know what we were doing. Uneven and dry.

      I like her dress. Sometimes, though, I miss the old Gaga, because you never knew what she was going to come up with. I’ve never been a fan of her music, but she was interesting.

  4. Ladybird83 says:

    I think she looked gorgeous. Yes she crazy and definitely a tryhard. But she looked good.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    Personally, I think it was unnecessary.

    All of this “You guize, I’m a srs actress now, ah mah gah,”- demure, soft spoken, covered up tattoo schtick reminds of the temporary transformation Courtney Love went through in 1996 when she was in The People vs Larry Flynt. Until everyone realized that she really WASN’T that good of an actress and she went back to being part of the sideshow.

  6. Betti says:

    She’s def had her lips done and there is some ‘tox going on. Why oh why – she was pretty as she was but then again she is known for the physical transformations for every album. Hopefully its just a phase and she goes back to her ‘normal’ self. Loved her before looks.

    As for her fiance – i get a douchy vibe from him. Maybe thats just me but they have been together for years.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      @Betti: My friend’s cousin is neighbors w/her fiance (they live in the same building in Chicago) and has said that he’s really nice and down to earth. I have a feeling that Gaga is really high maintenance, and he seems to handle it well.

  7. Chinoiserie says:

    She looks so different in the two pictures. She looks nice but rather generic these days, I do not understand why she felt she should change her face.

  8. Katie says:

    Personal choice. Perhaps she just wanted to look different for the GG awards? It doesn’t bother me one way or another.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. I can see how you might like them for one look but not for another. They did a good job of covering them up.

      • MsGoblin says:

        This^ – both Katie and GNAT.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        +1 (or 2? Or 3? LOL) I have several tattoos and they are all meaningful to me, but I made sure to get them in places where they can be see if I want, or I can cover them up if I want. (That started because I was in the Army, but continued even after I retired.) Just like a different hairstyle, or jewelry, I see tattoos as an accessory that may or may not match the outfit, event, or just how I feel that particular day. I chose to cover the tattoos on my back for my wedding, which had a similar ‘vintage’ feel as Gaga’s outfit, so I get why she did it.

    • Shambles says:

      Yes m’am. I’m working on a sleeve, and sometimes I’ll wear long sleeves depending on the situation and sometimes I’ll show em off. If I know I’m going to be around a certain type of person and I want to be judged based on my character rather than my body art, I’ll cover them (sad but true). But most of the time I let my freak flag fly. For some reason I really like the idea of wearing a simple, elegant, almost business-like outfit with my tattoos showing. I think the contrast is cool.

      • sing it says:

        Agree. I’m a doctor and have 6 tattoos. You can’t see any of them when I’m at work because of my clothing, and I’m fine with that because each one has a very personal meaning so it doesn’t matter to me if people see them or not.

        Shambles, I love sleeves! I also love that you let your “freak flag fly.” I currently have blue hair, but I spent lots of energy styling it in ways to best hide it through its different colors over the years. Finally, I recently decided I wouldn’t anymore. This is who I am, and how I feel most comfortable. I keep it very healthy and in a neat ballerina bun at work, so it’s been a non-issue. If my tattoos weren’t coincidentally covered by clothing, I would let them show too.

    • Wren says:

      Yup. Sometimes you just want to look different, it’s not a crime or a sign of regret. I love my tattoos and sometimes I purposefully cover them up because that’s the look I want to go for on a given day. Or I know I’m going to be around people who might make my life harder if they see them, like elderly relatives. She was going for the full-on old Hollywood Marilyn Monroe look, complete with old-school cone bra, so the decision to cover up the tattoos makes sense. Old Hollywood did not include visible tattoos. I might do the same in the circumstances, but maybe not because I didn’t cover mine at my wedding.

  9. SamiHami says:

    I guess I’m in the minority. I think she looked great…and I am definitely not a fan. I can’t stand her music at all and I was unhappy that she was cast in AHS. Now that I’ve watched her on the show, I have to say I like her as an actress. I don’t know that her performance is really award-worthy, but I find her portrayal as The Countess very entertaining.

    • Amanda G says:

      I agree, although, I do like her music. I don’t think she is a particularly attractive woman, but she looked beautiful here and I don’t see the work that everyone is talking about. She is still instantly recognizable…unlike Renee Z or others.

    • Lady D says:

      This is one of the best looks I’ve ever seen on her. She looks amazing.

  10. Kri says:

    The tattoo thing doesn’t bother me. Derma blend was the product a lot of girls used where I worked.No tats allowed there. But her face is pissing me off. From the side it’s fine.From the front. ..omg.Why is it a good thing to look like you have a lumpy off Center face?? I always liked the fact that her face wasn’t cookie cutter. Now she just another celeb who chose. ..unwisely.

  11. LAK says:

    She’s using the Courtney Love make over to be taken seriously strategy.

    And for one brief shining moment circa 1996, Courtney Love was the toast of Hollywood as a result of that transformation.

    If Gaga is more disciplined than Courtney, maybe it’ll work out for her too.

  12. Jayna says:

    Bad dye job. No need for filler in her face at 29, but it’s obviously there and odd. Boxtox at 29? And I swear it looks like she’s had a second nose job, not that she would ever admit to the first one after declaring to her Little Monsters she had not had a nose job and to love yourself being different. She admits to her lips and they go up and down. She admitted to being addicted to filler in the past but said she stopped it. I guess not.

    I swear she looks 40 compared to the other award show photo, where her face looked younger and her hair color and style were better also.

  13. EM says:

    She realised how distracting they are – for the wrong reasons – and how hideous they can appear in certain photographs. I see her getting laser in the future. It’ll hurt like hell, but I don’t get how the inside upper arm is ‘the place’ for tattoos and when you cannot differentiate an image, but only see black ink, it’s a bad tattoo.

  14. Neelyo says:

    She looks like she’s going for Angelica Huston in THE GRIFTERS.

  15. here's Wilson says:

    Tattos are art, they are meant to be displayed. If I had been the tattoo artist that did her work I might feela certain way about this.

    Since something like 50% of Americans now have tattoos you can’t expect them all to be that way. But someone with the resources like Gaga should have the best work and be proud to show it off.

    I think this has less to do with her tattoos and more to do with her losing sight of who she is as an artist. Since that hip injury she had she’s just been off somehow.

  16. Betsy says:

    I don’t like the look of tattoos, so I don’t care that she covered them up, but you are right that that must have taken the better part of the day to do, and not to transfer at all to the black dress? Wow. A million years ago before youtube, I was working at a cosmetics counter on a Friday night when a very distressed woman came in, pulled her shirt down slightly to expose a very large tiger tattoo on her chest and say that she needed help covering it for her wedding the next day. I don’t remember what the outcome was, but I have wondered about it for years.

    I like the yellow hair. I think she’s doing a riff on exactly what you said – a fever dream of a 60s housewife.

  17. QQ says:

    wait WAIT … Gaga is 29??!!! with that face???11 Oh Honey No! now on top of aging like bagged milk you also finna have the Melted Plasticine thing Going On??

  18. Snork says:

    She seems to being trying to channel Marilyn Monroe via Michelle Williams. But then again, she’s never been original, why start now?

  19. JLW says:

    I think had she not covered up the arm tattoos, it would have looked strange with just part of the tattoo showing from under her sleeves. A completely different look than having the whole tattoo showing, as in the other, sleeveless photo.

  20. Marianne says:

    Unless she has tattoo regret, then I think its a bit silly.

  21. Wentworth Miller says:

    I don’t know what event she was dressed for in the first pocture, on the left, but I liked the way she looked in that picture way better than the picture with the tats covered. Her face and makeup looked better, also. I hope she doesn’t fall into the Hollywood hole of fake and plastic. No, Gaga. No!

  22. Lucy2 says:

    Her face does look different and much older than 29.
    Toeach their own, but I often find tattoos distracting on the red carpet, especially with gowns with very specific lines. I think covering them helped her overall old school Hollywood glam look here.

  23. Mitchie says:

    How does the make-up not rub off on her dress?

  24. Antonio says:

    She obviously bought this award, like she did with the Billboard “Woman of the Year.” It’s sad that someone who actually does have some talent thinks they can earn accolades by purchasing them. She is a pathetic human being who will use any cause (rape, body image, etc.) to promote herself.

  25. Otaku fairy says:

    She definitely looks better in the first photo.

  26. Amelie says:

    Tattoos aren’t my cup of tea. I understand they are considered art by some and I’ve watched tattoo reality shows so I’ve seen how beautiful and creative they can be and that they are meaningful to the people that get them. But I have never seen one tattoo in person and thought “That looks amazing and I’d want it on my body.” Usually I’m perplexed why people would get then because I’ve never found them to improve anybody’s appearance. They are just very distracting to me.

  27. La La Land says:

    I think she’s pretty … without the yellow hair. God, girl get real.

  28. raincoaster says:

    I think she got her jaw broken and changed, too.

    Covering up the tattoos isn’t necessary socially, but if you’re going to commit to a look, you have to commit, and this vintage look wouldn’t have worked with tattoos; they would have turned it into something punk, and that’s clearly not what she was going for.