Injuries, surgery and accidents can leave unsightly bruises and discoloration that are difficult to cover up. Visible bruises, especially on the face, can make school, the workplace or any public place slightly more uncomfortable. Luckily, makeup can work wonders to hide or diminish the appearance of bruises and discoloration.

Things You'll Need

Wash and cleanse your face. Effectively hiding or concealing bruises and discoloration begins with a clean face.

Apply colored concealer, covering the bruised or discolored area. Colored concealers neutralize the bruise or discoloration, creating a seemingly even skin tone. Green-tinted concealer is best used on reddish bruises. Yellow tinted concealer is used with purple or bluish bruises, while a lavender tint is used with yellow or brown bruises. Gently pat and blend the concealer into the desired area, and a little beyond its edges, with a concealer brush or your finger.

Apply concealer over the entire face. The concealer should match your skin tone in order to create an all-over balance. Liquid concealer is ideal for seamlessly blending and concealing. You can blend the concealer with a makeup brush or your finger around the edges of the bruise, or discoloration. It’s also a good idea to blend the concealer at the edges of your face. Wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the concealer has dried before applying powdered foundation.

Apply powdered foundation over your entire face. The powdered foundation needs to match your skin tone. If you’re using a sponge, gently stroke foundation in a downward motion over your entire face. If you’re using a brush, blend the foundation in a circular motion over your entire face.