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How to Cover Dark Bruises & an Injured Black Eye With Makeup

Updated April 17, 2017

Injuries, surgery and accidents can leave unsightly bruises and discolouration that are difficult to cover up. Visible bruises, especially on the face, can make school, the workplace or any public place slightly more uncomfortable. Luckily, make-up can work wonders to hide or diminish the appearance of bruises and discolouration.

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  1. Wash and cleanse your face. Effectively hiding or concealing bruises and discolouration begins with a clean face.

  2. Apply coloured concealer, covering the bruised or discoloured area. Coloured concealers neutralise the bruise or discolouration, creating a seemingly even skin tone. Green-tinted concealer is best used on reddish bruises. Yellow tinted concealer is used with purple or bluish bruises, while a lavender tint is used with yellow or brown bruises. Gently pat and blend the concealer into the desired area, and a little beyond its edges, with a concealer brush or your finger.

  3. Apply concealer over the entire face. The concealer should match your skin tone in order to create an all-over balance. Liquid concealer is ideal for seamlessly blending and concealing. You can blend the concealer with a make-up brush or your finger around the edges of the bruise, or discolouration. It's also a good idea to blend the concealer at the edges of your face. Wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the concealer has dried before applying powdered foundation.

  4. Apply powdered foundation over your entire face. The powdered foundation needs to match your skin tone. If you're using a sponge, gently stroke foundation in a downward motion over your entire face. If you're using a brush, blend the foundation in a circular motion over your entire face.

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Things You'll Need

  • Powder foundation
  • Liquid concealer
  • Coloured concealer

About the Author

Mari Rose began professional writing in 2010. Her experience includes the topics of French language, political science, grant writing, studying/teaching abroad, travel, international relations and fashion. Working as an optician, Rose also has extensive experience and knowledge in the ophthalmic industry. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in French language and international studies, both from West Virginia University.

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