No matter how skilled your injector is, sometimes bruises happen. Whether you’ve bitten the bullet and decided to get Botox, facial fillers or undergone another procedure that’s left you with an unsightly bruise, you don’t have to grin and bear it. In fact, you don’t have to bare it at all.
The face is quite vascular. When a needle is inserted under the skin, small blood vessels can be broken causing a purple or blue bruise to form. Of course it will fade to nothing over time but you don’t have to advertise that you’ve had something done while you’re waiting for it to disappear. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to cover a bruise up with your usual concealer/foundation combo but a little strategic product layering will do the trick.
It might sound counterproductive, but the first thing you’ll need is a color corrector in the warm red-orange tone to neutralize the color of the bruise. If a bruise catches you unawares and you have a lipstick in a similar shade, it will work just as well as a color corrector. Use a small eye brush and apply a tiny bit of the corrector to the back of your hand.
Add in some of your usual creamy concealer until the mixture is a flesh-toned pinkish color. Then, use your concealer brush to apply this mixture directly on the bruise, blending it in lightly, and use a clean synthetic brush to gently buff it into the surrounding area as well. If necessary, add another layer of the mixture directly on the bruise, until it’s completely covered.
Once blended, use a small sponge to press a bit of yellow-based powder on top of it.
Finish with a setting spray to lock it all in place.
Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Papaya ($30) is a highly pigmented, creamy color corrector so a little bit goes a very long way. It’s also formulated with light-reflective pearls to subtly blur discoloration. Besides bruises, this shade can also be used to help cover up extremely dark under eye circles, veins and tattoos. Available in 3 other shades to help counteract skin concerns such as sallowness, redness and hyper pigmentation.
Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in Golden Ivory ($36) makes it easy to layer coverage in a natural-looking matte finish. When not being used to hide a bruise you’ll love it as your new foundation (applied dry with a brush for full coverage or wet with a sponge for sheer coverage), or used as a setting powder. *Your shade might be different, but make sure it’s a yellow-toned powder. Words like “golden” and “warm” usually indicate that’s the case.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($30) keeps makeup put all day and night long. Just spray on this high-tech, micro-fine mist in an X and T formation to cover your whole look or only where needed. You can also spray it directly on a brush and gently pat it where necessary.
NOTE: Becca Colour Corrector, Make Up Forever Multi-Use Powder Foundation and Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray were tested in store. Opinions are my own.