How to Bruise Yourself With Stage Makeup

Want to look like you got beat up? Got a killer bruise or three?  

Come on!  It's fun!  Bonus: no pain is involved!

 

Let's round up the supplies and get right to it.

 

You'll need a bruise wheel.  I have a bruise and cut wheel from Ben Nye.

You'll also want black eyeliner and white eye shadow.  Lots of brushes!

If you don't have a bruise wheel you can use eye shadows, blush, liners, and red lipstick. Just make sure they aren't shimmery.

 

 

Black Eye

Make sure your face is clean.

Depending on the look you're going for -- gritty and natural or polished, you can choose to put on foundation or skip it.

 

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  • Add red to your lower lid.
  • Add some red to your waterline, with care.
  • Take the red and outline where your bruise will be.  It should not be a clean line.  Bruises are irregular.  Think about what gave you that bruise.  On me it's a punch to the eye by some big ole creep of a man.  That jerk face.

 

For some reason you can't tell in these pictures, but I am sunburned.  Some of the paint in later pictures gets stuck in that area.  I moisturized it to help prevent it, but as the time went on it just dried out more.  Oh well.

 

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  •  Fill in the whole area with red.  Make sure it's irregular and splotchy.
  • Add in purple to the inner eye and then a small amount along the eyelid.
  • Add it a bit heavier underneath the brow bone.  You want it darker where the blood collects the most.
  • At the points of impact it will swell and will not collect as much blood, so leave those light.
  • I circled around the edge of my cheek bone and brow bone.
  • I filled in more purple.
  • I added in more red because it's a fresh bruise, and when it's fresh it's more red than purple.
  • Blend!  This one is easy.  Blend in all different directions and keep it irregular.

 

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  • I added in a bit of yellow at the bone and then covered it with some white eye shadow.
  • Draw a line with black eyeliner at the corner of the eye, the curve against the nose, not the corner of the tear duct.
  • Smudge it into the purple.
  • As the picture states, add in small amounts of purple and more red.

 

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When you stipple this make it appear as broken blood vessels, which are very important to an authentic bruise.

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1 - You just got hit about 30 minutes ago.

2 - It's been an hour, pretty fresh and man does it hurt!

3 - It'd been about 5 hours now.  It's a deeper purple.  Because of my sunburn the bruise looks too large here at the black arrow.  The other black arrow is my cute little girl.

4 - Your bruise is a few days old.  The purple is faded and becoming more brown.  The red areas are more yellow and green.  It's more mottled and splotchy.

 

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Kick to the Calf Bruise

When I want to kick somebody it's usually at the leg.  What better than a fleshy calf?

 

In retrospect I would have used someone else's chubby calf and not mine.  Just be kind while you're looking at the pictures and we can still be friends.  A'ight?

 

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  • This is the outline of the toe of the shoe or some other round object.  Blend it around.

 

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  • Add in the purple ring, make sure it's not a clean line and blend it out. I used a brush to put the color on.

 

  • Use your finger to blend it into the skin.  You want it to look like it's in the skin, not on top of the skin.

 

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  • Add in a ring of dark green into the purple and extend below it.
  • Put splotches of yellow in the green and a bit down under the ring.
  • Add in more red into the purple and fade inwards.

 

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Stipple in some red, purple and green throughout the bruise.  This is high impact so it breaks capillaries.

 

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I didn't like the way it looked.  It was too wide at the top of the arc.  I took a makeup remover wipe and took some of it off.

 

I took a tiny bit of purple and red and blended the line so it wasn't so straight and neat.

 

Walking around it looks like a big time owie.

 

Paintball Bruise

So you've been out on a man hunt for your buddies in the woods.  They got you before you got them.  Sorry Charlie.  You're just not quick enough.

 

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  1. Draw a double ringed circle, about the size of a paintball.  You'll want there to be coagulation at one spot in the rings.
  2. Use your black eyeliner to add in some darker spots at the big blotch.  You've almost broken the skin and so you'll want it to bruise more at the highest point of impact.
  3. Take your purple and make a circle, sort of egg-shaped, out like the rays of the sun.
  4. Blend out.

 

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  1. Add another ring of purple, just inside the first ring.  I wanted it in closer, plus it added more depth of some good splotch.
  2. I started adding in blue to the outside ring and more purple in the two rings.  Blend Blend Blend!
  3. Yellow is the next layer needed.  Put it inside the purple ring.
  4.  Add red over the yellow blending in, make sure it is irregular.  Smudge the inner ring of red (the smallest circle) outwards, just a smidge.  Stipple red and purple at the same area that the highest impact would be.

 

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  • I took a small paint brush and added in some yellow dashes throughout the bruise.

 

You are now officially beat up.

 

My kids officially think I've lost my mind and my neighbors might call the cops soon.  I checked the mail, forgetting I had all this stuff on me.  Let's hope they don't try to arrest my husband for battery. At least I have these pictures as proof.

 

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Which bruise was your favorite?  Would you ever paint a bruise on and walk around town or go to the movies or out to eat?

 

Mwah