Treating a pesky black eye can be as simple as reducing the swelling, taking vitamin C and trying not to aggravate your affected eye. But if you follow this treatment plan and you're still left with a shiner, there are easy ways to conceal your black eye using makeup. Here's what you need to do.
Apply a cold pack to the eye immediately to restrict blood flow and prevent swelling. Hold the cold pack to the area for 10 minutes, then remove it for 10 minutes. Keep cycling this way to avoid damaging the skin around your eye. Do this throughout the first 48 hours after the injury. If your eye is swollen shut, don't try to force it open. Let the cold pack take down the swelling.
Take acetaminophen according to the dosage instructions on the label to reduce swelling and pain. Don't take acetylsalicylic acid, which is an anti-coagulant and will keep your blood from clotting.
Eat papaya. Papaya contains enzymes that enables blood to be absorbed by the body, which can reduce bruising. Eat three papayas a day, or take up to 600 mgs a day of papaya capsules.
Increase your intake of vitamin C, which can can reduce bruising and speed healing. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C, such as broccoli and peppers, or consider taking up a supplement.
Apply a heated pack to your eye 48 hours after the injury occurs. Use a microwavable bean bag, a heating pad or a washcloth soaked in hot water. Apply the heated pack to the area for 15 minutes, then remove it for 15 minutes. Continue cycling the heated pack this way to improve circulation in the area. Do this throughout the day.
Apply a green-tinted concealer to the area to reduce the look of bruising that appears red. Apply a thin coat of concealer gently with your fingertips. Apply a layer of foundation over this, then apply a coat of translucent powder.
Apply a yellow-tinted concealer to the area to reduce the look of bruising that appears blue or black. Apply a thin coat of concealer gently with your fingertips. Then apply a layer of foundation followed by a coat of translucent powder.
Add pink highlighting concealer to the area to reduce the look of bruising that appears yellow. Put on a thin coat of concealer gently with your fingertips. Apply a layer of foundation over this, then a coat of translucent powder.
If you notice any change in your vision, any loss of vision, if you have pain in your eye or if your eye itself appears damaged, seek medical attention immediately. Papaya is a diuretic.