How to Cover a Bruise with Makeup?

How to Cover a Bruise with Makeup

Bruises can ruin your otherwise flawless appearance. Fortunately, there are a few makeover tricks that can hide them effectively for a few hours.

How to Reduce a Bruise

  • Before covering up a bruise, you should administer measures to reduce the intensity of the damage caused. Here are a few home remedies that can help.
  • Apply an ice pack to the bruised area. This would reduce the redness and discoloration caused by the injury.
  • Keep the area elevated if there is swelling. This would reduce fluid retention and also alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Apply a pure Aloe Vera gel to the bruised area 2 to 3 times a day. This would speed up the healing process.
  • Apply serums containing Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Both these vitamins are essential in promoting wound healing and skin restoration.

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  • Drink plenty of water to naturally promote quick healing. This would also reduce swelling and keep the skin moist.
  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet and add fruits like pineapples, cherries, apples, blackberries, and lemons to your daily food regimen.
  • Apply a heating pad if the bruise is painful. Alternatively, you can wash the bruised area in warm water to get relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight. Excessive heat can further irritate the bruised skin.

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Cosmetics and Tools Required for Covering up a Bruise

Before you make any attempts to cover up your bruise, make sure that you have all the essential supplies required for the process.  Here is a list of products you would need.


  • Concealers are essential for hiding marks and spots. Some of the concealer varieties you might require are as listed.
  • A green concealer with a matte finish for hiding reddish bruises.
  • A full-coverage concealer that matches your skin tone.
  • An under-eye concealer for black eye bruises.

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Foundation Primer

Foundation Primer
  • Primers can help the skin to retain the concealers and color correctors more efficiently. For covering up bruises you might require,
  • An eye primer for a black eye bruises.
  • A green color-correcting primer for red bruises.
  • An orange primer for blackish bruises.
  • While buying primers look for products that contain a good amount of Vitamin E.

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BB Cream

BB Cream

A BB cream can be used to cover up light bruises that have been partially concealed with a primer.

Full Coverage Foundation

You would need a full coverage foundation to securely hold the color-correcting concealers for a longer time.

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Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick

A matte red lipstick can work wonders when it comes to bruises that are very dark.

Translucent Powder

Translucent Powder

You would need a waterproof translucent setting powder for securing your makeup.


You would need a couple of blending brushes for applying and blending concealers and foundations without making your skin look cakey.

Foundation Sponges

How to Cover a Dark Bruise

Foundation sponges are very useful when you want a light makeup. The sponge feels soft against the bruised skin and it absorbs the excess foundation more easily.

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How to Cover a Red Bruise

How to Cover a Red Bruise
  • A freshly bruised skin is usually red in color and requires a special set of products to have it covered up. Follow the steps given below to expertly conceal your reddish bruise.
  • Apply a green-tinted primer on the bruised skin. Wait for a few minutes to let the skin soak up the primer.
  • This tinted primer can lighten the color of the bruise. You can add to the effect by applying a small amount of green concealer.
  • Blend the green concealer onto your bruised skin using your index finger or a blending brush. For better control, you can use your fingertips.

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  • Now apply a layer of foundation primer followed by a full coverage foundation over the bruised skin and surrounding areas.
  • For applying foundation, use a thick-bristle brush or a sponge.
  • Finally, use the translucent setting powder to give a finishing touch. Use a finishing brush to apply the powder evenly.
  • In the above procedure, if you want a lighter makeup, you can use a BB cream over the primer and then apply a full-coverage foundation instead of applying concealer.

How to Cover a Dark Bruise

How to Cover a Dark Bruise
  • Once you have assembled all the essential products you can start working your way to a well-concealed bruise. Listed below are the steps to be followed to get this done.
  • Prep the bruised skin by gently cleaning it with a soft towel soaked in warm water. Let the area dry in the open air as this would make the skin softer.
  • Apply a thin layer of primer on your bruised skin and surrounding areas. If the bruise is on your face you can apply the primer on your entire face.
  • Now use the matte red lipstick on areas that are too dark. Apply only a small amount of lipstick using your fingertip and blend it gently.
  • While applying lipstick make sure that the color doesn’t spill over to the surrounding healthy skin.
  • Now you can use a full coverage concealer that matches your skin tone to cover the bruised area. Apply it evenly with a small brush or with your fingertip.

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  • Blend the concealer with the lipstick using a blending brush. Use gentle outward strokes to spread the concealer evenly.
  • Wait for a few minutes for the concealer to settle down and then apply a thin coat of foundation on the entire face or the bruised area and its surroundings.
  • Finally, set the makeup using a translucent powder.

By following the tips and tricks mentioned above, you can conceal your bruised skin like a professional makeup artist.

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