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:
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: