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How to camouflage bruising with makeup

  • 2 min read


One of the gals in our office had a procedure done yesterday that caused significant bruising. With a little help from Enlighten Concealer, Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder and Corrective Colors, she was able to camouflage most of it! Below are the steps our Product Training Coordinator, Christine, used to achieve these results. When covering severe bruising from dermatological or surgical procedures, the goal should be to make the appearance better, not perfect. If you keep camouflaging until it is perfect your makeup may start looking caked on. Hold your mirror at a social distance or arms length away when evaluating your coverage. This is the same distance others will be seeing you from. Often times we make the mistake of applying our makeup only a couple of inches away from the mirror, very few people ever get that close and this can sometimes cause us to apply too much or too little.

If you are concerned about whether you should be applying makeup to your bruising, check with your doctor first.

before and after covering birth mark on face

  1. Apply Enlighten Concealer to the darkest areas using the Foundation brush in a stippling motion and feather the edges. Use the Camouflage brush for smaller areas.
  2. Apply Yellow from Corrective Colors to any red areas using the Camouflage brush in a stippling motion and feather the edges.
  3. Apply Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder with the Flocked Sponge by gently pressing and rolling over the concealed areas; we used Warm Sienna. Then use the Chisel Powder brush to apply Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder to the rest of your face.
  4. Apply more Enlighten concealer to any black or blue areas still coming through (same as step 1).
  5. Use the Chisel Powder brush to apply more Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder over the concealed areas.
  6. Spritz with Hydration Spray to set.
  7. Apply Copper Wind PurePressed Blush over any ashiness using the White Fan brush.
  8. For this look, finish with Sunbeam Quad Bronzer on your cheeks and Fascination Lip Fixation on your lips.
Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea began her beauty journey in 2010 as a fashion and beauty freelancer at Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. There she had the chance to test and review hundreds of products while quickly falling for the benefits the clean makeup she tried. After leaving the magazine industry, she worked as a publicist for international fragrance and beauty brands until 2016 when she landed at jane iredale. Here, she has discovered liquid eyeliner doesn’t have to burn her eyes, foundation doesn’t have to feel heavy, and that the jane iredale Global Educators truly have the best beauty hacks. Since then, she’s shared her 10+ years of experience with you on The Good Glow Blog.