Ah, covering up a black eye. Not that I usually do, but a few weeks ago I had to attend a wedding, and thought it would be a little inappropriate to attend with a shiner I got from an accidental head-butt in Judo practice.
I guess this is a good time to say I am not a doctor, I am just sharing my experience along with links to people who probably know better what to do than I. So, here we go!
One of the most crucial steps is the first one: PUT ICE ON IT. The sooner, the better. Finish your match, and then get off the mat and put ice on that baby. Some people suggest a cold egg to lightly roll over the injured area, moving blood away from the potential black eye. For mine, I was lucky enough to find a frozen water bottle from where I felt the bruised area starting to swell. I rolled the water bottle with light pressure to keep the blood from pooling in the area. Trust me, it would have looked a lot worse if I hadn’t.
The Cover Up:
Here are a number of resources that tell you just how to cover up a black eye with makeup. I tried to avoid any references to additional makeup other than the concealer, just in case some gentlemen want to use this advice as well.
I used some lighter concealer, then used foundation over top that and my entire face to blend in all together. I did my usual makeup routine after that, which includes brown (not black) eyeliner only on the top lid, not the bottom. Because I’m just classy like that
In the end you could still see the brusing a little bit, but it looked a little more like a dark circle under just one eye from lack of sleep and less, “girlfriend got hit in the face”. So, in my opinion, mission accomplished.
One thing I would like to try however is this stuff:
I figure you lightly fill in the bruised area with the pencil, cover with a dab of concealer and then blend in with some foundation, you should be golden. Right?
Quick, somebody hit me in the face again so we can try it out!