How to Cover Up a Bruise

Three Methods:Using Makeup to Cover a Facial BruiseCovering a Bruise on Your BodyUsing Other Techniques to Hide a Bruise

Bruises in visible places like the face, arms, and legs can reduce confidence in your appearance. Bruises can also be a nuisance if you are being filmed, photographed, or watched as part of your job. You can cover up bruises on your face and body by using makeup, or try covering up with some different accessories or articles of clothing. Keep in mind that if you are being abused by someone, it is important to seek help to stop the abuse.

Method 1
Using Makeup to Cover a Facial Bruise

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    Use concealer first. To ensure good coverage of a bruise, start by applying a layer of concealer. Choose a concealer that is lighter than your natural skin tone and dab enough concealer onto the bruise to cover it entirely. Pat the concealer onto the bruise using a fingertip or makeup sponge. Then, blend it in well using your fingertips or the sponge.
    • You can also look for a concealer that has a yellow base to help offset the bluish color of the bruise.
    • If your bruise has other color tones, then a different type of concealer may work better. For example, you can use a green based concealer for red bruises, white based concealer for brown bruises, and lavender based for yellow bruises.[1]
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    Apply a layer of foundation. After you have covered the bruise with a layer of concealer, follow it up with a layer of foundation.[2] This will help to even out the tone and provide more coverage. Use your fingertips or a makeup sponge to pat on the foundation and blend it in.
    • Apply the foundation over your whole face for best results. Do not just apply it to one cheek or one side of your face or there will be a noticeable difference in the color.
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    Dust on some translucent powder.[3] To provide another layer of coverage, use a fluffy brush to dust translucent powder over the concealer and foundation. This will also help to keep the makeup in place.
    • Apply the powder over your whole face as well. This will help to ensure that you have a uniform look.
    • You may need to reapply the powder throughout the day. Try taking the powder compact with you and check the makeup once every few hours.

Method 2
Covering a Bruise on Your Body

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    Skip the lotion. When you apply lotion before applying foundation to your body, the foundation may not stay put as well. Therefore, it is best to skip the lotion or to at least avoid applying lotion to the area that is bruised.[4]
    • If your skin is very dry, then apply a light layer of a lightweight lotion before using the foundation.
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    Apply a heavy foundation that matches your skin tone. You can purchase a foundation that is meant to be applied on your body, or just buy a full coverage foundation.[5] Apply about a dime sized amount on the bruised area and blend it well with your fingertips.
    • Theater makeup also works well for covering body bruises.
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    Use concealer for darker bruises. If you have an extra dark bruise that still peaks through the foundation, then you may need to spot treat it with some concealer. Gently dab the concealer onto the bruised area with your fingertips or using a makeup sponge.[6]
    • Opt for a skin tone colored concealer in a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural skin tone.
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    Try a little red lipstick mixed with concealer. Mixing your concealer with a bit of orangish red lipstick may also help to hide the bruise. Mix a small amount of orangish red lipstick in with your concealer to create a peachy or pink tone. Then, apply the makeup mixture to your bruise.[7]
    • After you apply the pink makeup mixture to your bruise, blend it well and then cover it with a layer or two of skin toned concealer.

Method 3
Using Other Techniques to Hide a Bruise

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    Use clothing and accessories to cover up the bruise. Physically covering the bruise with clothing may also help. Consider the location of the bruise and check your wardrobe to see what clothing and accessories you have that might help you to cover it up.
    • If the bruise is on your arm or leg, then wearing a long sleeved shirt or pants is an easy way to cover it up. However, this is not always possible, especially in hot weather.
    • If the bruise is near your hairline or on your forehead, then wearing a scarf, headband, or hat may provide coverage.
    • If the bruise is on your eye or near the bridge of your nose, then wearing a pair of sunglasses or your prescription glasses may help.[8]
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    Wear a strong eye or lip look.[9] Creating a strong eye look or wearing some bold lipstick may help to distract people’s attention away from the bruised area. Keep in mind that this will not cover the bruise, but it may help to draw people’s attention away from it.
    • For example, you could apply some black eye liner with a couple of layers of mascara to create a dramatic eye look, or opt for a bright red lipstick to draw attention to your lips instead.
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    Put on an interesting accessory. If you have some really long dangly earrings or a statement necklace, then this might be the day to wear them. Putting on some interesting accessories will not cover the bruise, but it can help to pull the focus away from it.
    • For example, if you have some large hoop earrings or a necklace with a large pendant, then these might help to distract away from the bruise.

Warnings

  • Don't apply concealer or makeup to open cuts, stitches, or other open wounds.
  • If you are the victim of physical abuse, then it is important to seek help for yourself and get out of the situation.

Things You'll Need

  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Translucent make-up powder
  • Red lipstick
  • Makeup sponges
  • Eyeliner
  • Long-sleeved, long-legged clothing
  • Accessories


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