A black eye is caused by trauma. When the skin is hit with blunt force, it breaks the capillaries, causing discoloration. This leads to pain and swelling. The affected area will also take on a black and blue appearance, a hallmark of a bruise. Usually, the black eye is associated with altercation but sometimes this is not the case at all.
There are times when allergies, accidents, facial surgery or even certain diseases lead to a black eye. And because the face is the first thing people see, it’s hard to hide a black eye.
You can cover up black eye or other unsightly bruises with makeup. But before doing so, it’s best to wait until swelling has gone down. Slapping a concealer on a freshly bruised face will only make it more noticeable. Also, if the black eye has an open wound, concealing it is futile. Best to let the open wound heal first before covering it up with makeup.
If say, the bruise is ready for concealment, follow our step by step guide on how to cover up a black eye using makeup:
Prep the Affected Area
Applying the makeup when swelling has gone down will make the cover-up less noticeable. So prep the skin by applying an ice pack on the affected area. Ice the area for at least 15 minutes then apply a warm compress and leave it for 10 minutes. The sharp changes in temperature will soothe the skin and bring inflammation down.
Color Correct the Area
You can’t just spread regular concealer all over the bruise. The discoloration still shows through. Also, applying too many layers of concealers + foundation will look totally unnatural. Instead of regular concealer, use a color corrector concealer first.
If you are not familiar with color correction, check the color wheel. The colors that are diagonally opposite each other on the wheel will cancel each other out. For example, you can neutralize redness by using green colored corrective concealer before a regular concealer. The bluish tint is canceled out by salmon or orange colored corrective concealer.
Usually, a bruise has some redness on the edges so use a green corrective concealer to block out the redness then a salmon concealer directly on the bluish part of the bruise. You can use a makeup brush or a wet sponge to apply the concealer, but we recommend using your ring finger instead. The ring finger yields very gentle pressure, it won’t aggravate the swollen skin. Also, you’ll have more control over the product so you can apply without pain.
We recommend using fluid corrective and regular concealer over creamy concealers. This will make the application less painful. If you’re using a creamy concealer, warm the product with your fingertips to soften it before application.
Setting the Concealers
With your ring finger, pat the corrective concealer on the area gently. Let the product dry completely. Then apply a regular concealer. Let the second layer dry then gently pat with a little finishing powder to set the concealer. After this, you can move forward to your usual makeup routine.
Note that some types of foundation are made specifically to hide bruises and acne marks. These products are very creamy because they pack a lot of pigment. You can research online to check out these foundations.