Bruises in visible places like the face, arms, and legs can reduce confidence in your appearance, or they may affect your job if you’re being filmed, photographed, or watched as part of your job. Covering a bruise can be done in a few ways, from makeup to clothing, and is a relatively easy process. Learn to cover a bruise by following the steps below:
Method 1 of 5: Help the healing process
Caring properly for your bruise will help it to heal faster and minimize its obviousness in a shorter space of time.
1Understand bruise formation and duration. A bruise (contusion or ecchymosis) will form when something that has impacted your skin breaks blood vessels (capillaries) near the skin’s surface but not your skin. The impact will cause small amounts of blood leakage from the ruptured blood vessels into the tissues under your skin. This usually turns into a black and blue mark.
- A bruise tends to pass through a stage of starting out red, turning to blue, purple, or black within 1 to 2 days. After 5 to 10 days, the bruise takes on a green or yellow tinge and turns yellowish or light brown after 10 to 14 days. For most people, the bruise will have faded after two weeks.
2Help the bruise to heal. As part of the process of covering up your bruise, do your best to give it a chance to heal faster. The following things may help your bruise:
- Elevate the injured area. Elevation helps by reducing the flow of blood to the bruise. This is likely to be of most use for leg and arm bruises, but even your head can be propped up using pillows.
- In the first one to two days following the bruise, apply ice or a cold pack to the bruised area for half an hour to an hour each time. Use a pack of frozen vegetables if you don’t have an ice pack; wrap a thick towel around it to prevent freezer burn. The sooner that you apply cold to the bruise, the sooner you’ll reduce its size because this slows down the blood flow to the damaged area, thereby reducing the amount of blood leaking into the tissues.
- Rest the bruised area if this is possible.
- Take pain relief to help reduce the pain and the swelling. Avoid aspirin-based painkillers. They have a blood-thinning effect and may increase the bruising.
- If the bruised area needs bandaging because your skin broke, see your doctor.
- If the bruise was caused by an abusive significant other, get help immediately.
3Watch the bruise and the area around it. If the arm or leg turns red or is hot or painful to touch, then see a doctor.
EditMethod 2 of 5: Concealing the bruise
Most people think of makeup when considering how to cover up a bruise, and this makes good sense when it concerns the face. And makeup can also be put to good use on other areas of the body as needed.
1Use a concealer. The following method is a fairly standard cover-up approach, as suggested by Carol Shaw, celebrity makeup artists based in Los Angeles.
- Check that there aren’t any cuts, nicks, or stitches. This method (and any application of makeup) should only be used where the skin as not been broken or is not stitched. It can be used on any exposed part of the body, not just the face.
- Find fragrance-free, hypoallergenic concealer with a yellow base. This has the thickest consistency and will, therefore, be the most effective at covering up the bruise completely. Moreover, the yellow color will offset the blue discoloring that most bruising brings about. However, note that if your bruise has other color tones, it may be more helpful to get a concealer or makeup able to counteract the differing bruise colors; for example, get green based cosmetics for red bruises, white based cosmetics for brown bruises, and lavender based cosmetics for yellow bruises.
- Carefully apply the concealer to the bruised area. Don’t press too hard; you don’t want to compress it any further or bring on more pain!
- Pat it into your skin carefully using a fingertip. Blend gently. A compact puff can help with the blending.
- Look at the result in the mirror. Repeat if the bruise is still peeking through.
- Place foundation the closest to your skin color over the concealer. This step is optional – you can rely simply on the concealer if preferred.
- Use a translucent powder to dust over the concealer or concealer and foundation. This will help to keep the makeup in place.
- Recheck during the day. It should last but just in case, or if you’re having a very long day, carry the concealer and powder with you and reapply as necessary.
3Look for a commercial bruise covering kit. There are commercially produced bruise cover-up kits available if you’d prefer; the types that cover up tattoos also work well for covering up bruises. Check online or with a pharmacist and simply follow the instructions provided with the kit.
4Distract. For facial bruising, consider using highly contrasting or interesting makeup on the area of your face where there is no bruise, to distract attention away from the bruised area. For example, if you have a bruise on your chin, wear brighter or darker colors on your eyes to draw the viewer’s attention upward.
5Ask your doctor or your dermatologist for a suggested cover-up. Some cosmetic surgeons will recommend a cover-up solution for bruises caused by cosmetic surgery.
EditMethod 3 of 5: Dressing to hide the bruise
1Use clothes or accessories to hide the bruise. Clothes and accessories can hide all manner of things when placed strategically. This might include using long-sleeves, accessories, stockings, etc., even where you wouldn’t normally. Here are some suggestions:
- Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants full-length legs, or enough to cover up the bruise.
- Wrap a scarf around your neck. Use a fashionable knot or tie-wrap to keep it in place.
- Wear opaque tights or pantyhose to cover up a leg bruise. This is less desirable during hotter weather, however.
- If the weather is hot, you can still use clothing to cover up bruises. pt for lightweight cotton in long, flowing sleeve, pant, or skirt styles.
- At the beach, wear a wraparound to conceal upper leg bruises.
- If the bruise is on your ankle, wear long socks or pants to hide your ankle.
- Use wristbands on the arm.
EditMethod 4 of 5: Bruises in a photo
Method 5 of 5: See the doctor if…
1Know when to see a doctor about bruising. It is important to see your doctor if your bruises are not healing or if they show unusual features. Sometimes bruising is a sign of a blood-clotting problem or a blood-related disease. Here are some reasons to seek your doctor’s advice:
- Any bruises near your eyes should be investigated by a doctor, immediately.
- Two weeks have passed, and your bruise is not showing any signs of lessening.
- You seem to be bruising a lot, and you’re not being clumsy or participating in boxing matches. Also, you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding elsewhere, such as from your nose, gums, or in your stool or urine.
- Bruises seem to be simply appearing out of nowhere. Or, the bruises seem unusually large.
- The pain associated with your bruise has not lessened or has increased. Or you are experiencing a constant headache along with the bruising.
- The bruise is swelling.
- You’re not able to move a part of your body (joint) where the bruise is situated.
- NOTE* If the bruises are the result of someone physically abusing you, tell someone!
Via : WikiHow