Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bruises All Around, Cheap and Fancy

CREATING A BRUISE IS A QUICK AND EASY MAKEUP for any occasion, not just Halloween. I made my first bruise with black and blue ball point pens in grade school -- out of pure boredom. I still remember being amazed at how realistic the results were.

Simply smudge on some blue ink, in a sort of blotchy, uneven shape (keep in mind how irregular bruises are) and then, slightly off center from the first blotch, create another with the black ink.

Use your finger to smudge the ink to your taste. Don't be afraid to use a little spit to help blend the ink. You may find that the bruise is kind of dark -- just add a little more blue ink until you're satisfied. Set with powder if you have it.

NOTE: Pen ink is much more difficult to wash off your skin. To remove the creme makeup used for this project you only need mild soap and water.

If you prefer an even more realistic bruise, not just with literal black and blue colors, but with hues of red and mustard yellow, the next step is for you. Keep in mind, this option is a touch more expensive.

Of the very first two photos in this post above, the right hand photo above includes a tall injury stack by Cinema Effects, as well as a bruise palette (round) by Ben Nye. I prefer the injury stack, but really, both are great.

• I recommend surfing the web for photos of real bruises, or look at actual bruises your friends may have from rough-housing with each other (you know that your friends are rough-housing with each other, don't you?)

• Decide how severe you'd like your bruise.

• Keep in mind how new or old you'd like your bruise to be. Fresh bruises tend to be more monochrome -- maybe just a blotch of red or blue. Older bruises offer a more colorful palette, often with bright yellows, purples, blues, and sometimes even green.

With an injury stack makeup, simply work your way down the stack from lightest to darkest. With a pallet, do the same -- lightest to darkest.

• As with all makeup projects, I highly recommend practicing your makeup before the day you need it.

• Also, use a light hand, you can always go back and add more makeup, but it is much more difficult to take makeup away.

So with that:
1. Yellow
2. Red

3. Purple
4. Black

After you have applied all the colors of your makeup (or the colors you want to use depending on the bruise you want) feel free to add a little bit more color here and there to your taste. Keep in mind that careful blending is key, whether with a makeup sponge or your finger, and once you have achieved what you want, dot powder over your makeup and brush away the excess. You will find that your bruise looks even more realistic after powdering.

The following is an actual bruise my friend Boom Boom found on her leg. Feel free to use it for your Halloween makeup reference.

And here is how I recreated it:

I put on a red base, the size if the bruise I wanted.
then, just a little bit further out from the center of the bruise, I blotted on some purple makeup from my injury makeup (stack or palette) with a q-tip.

Very gently smooth out the dots/splotches of purple by dabbing at your skin with your finger or makeup sponge. Here's what mine looks like so far:

Next comes the darker color in your palette -- an almost black/dark blue. Do a similar application as you did with the previous step, starting lightly over the red color and moving outward about a quarter of an inch.

Here's what that looks like:

And now, after final blending and powder:



Eda Cherry said...

Aw man -- if I would have taken more time with that final bruise, I would have thought to add a touch of yellow. oh well.

Chuck Olsen said...

This is awesome! Yes, yellow would've been nice.
Getting ready for various Zombie activities?

Ang said...

It's perfect! It almost makes me wish I still had my bruise.

Rob said...

I need to paint my kids' faces as vampires this Halloween and need it to last through a full day of school. Do you recommend any particular white face paint? I've heard Snazaroo is good, but it's expensive for just a one-time thing. And, I see your note about powder -- do you recommend I powder my kids' faces after I finish the job?

Eda Cherry said...

Rob, thanks for the question! Here's a link to some classic vampire makeup I did.

I also have a great makeup for vampire bites that I will try to do soon!

As for your question, I have not tried Snazaroo products. I have, however, tried those makeup-on-a-tongue depressor things and from what I remember, they last all day. I did a full face Spiderman makeup with red and black. I'm not sure I tried brushing powder over that particular makeup. I would recommend doing a test run to see how it works. Those paints are great for cleanup, too, as they are soap based. As for kid makeup, I would say the only real threat the any makeup is heat, sweat, and forgetting you've got it on when you scratch any itches.

Rob said...

Thank you Eda. I've just ordered some of the Disguise Stix in white, black, grey and red. I think I'll do it mostly the way you did, but add some white teeth coming over the lips, with a little blood. My sons are 8 and 6, so love the dramatic elements to a costume. Gotta have blood.

Karah said...

kick ass!

Eda Cherry said...