Your Guide to Hiding Bumps, Bruises, and Scars

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Are you a tough guy? Are you adventurous? Does this tend to lead to bumps, bruises, and scrapes? Well, if you’ve answered yes to all three questions, your grooming routine probably tends to be just a little bit different than the average Joe Schmoe. You probably have or have had a couple of scratches here and there, and you may not even be a stranger to a black eye. Hey, it happens, and The Cheat Sheet has you covered. Here are a few simple tough guy grooming tips to cover up some of your battle wounds.

1. Cover up a black eye

You were sparring with someone at the gym and wound up with a black eye. The bad news is there’s not much you can do to make it go away right away; the good news is that there are things that you can do to speed up the healing process and cover it up at the same time. First things first, ice that baby as quickly as you can afterward to reduce the swelling — an ice pack or a pack of frozen peas will do just fine as it’s easier to mold to hit (sorry) the area that’s sore. Keep doing this for a day or two. After a day or two, switch to a warm compress, then at the same time, massage the area around the bruise in order to help activate the lymphatic system and clear out the clot quickly. Next, apply a little man-foundation to hide it. If all else fails, get to the doctor, especially if you find that you’re having trouble seeing.

2. Prevent a scar

Somehow, some way, someone’s nail or a blunt object has managed to hit your face or another part of your body. It’s nothing too serious, but it could leave a scar. In order to reduce your risk of scarring, you’re going to have to be diligent with your wound care. Make sure you clean your fresh wound and re-bandage it regularly, and use petroleum jelly to keep your cut from scabbing, which actually reduces the healing time. If you already have a scar, you can reduce its appearance. Applying an SPF daily is key as sun exposure can worsen and darken the appearance of your scar. Make sure to also use an exfoliator to refresh and renew your skin. If you’re still not satisfied, dark spot correctors can help.

3. How to  cover up bumps, scrapes, and bruises

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You’re going to have to get a little creative for this one, and you may also need to raid your partner’s makeup case or enlist their help if you can’t handle it. MAC Cosmetics senior artist Melissa Gibson shares her tips for covering up bruises and scrapes when letting them show is just not a great option. You’re going to need a foundation that’s “a heavier based foundation or concealer [that] will provide more coverage and be longer lasting,” says Gibson to The Loop. She adds that you’re going to want to work with a few different colors to hide any skin discoloration and look for makeup products that promise long wear. Yellow-based concealers are the best for purple bumps and bruises, but for an array of skin tones and bruise types, Gibson recommends the MAC Pro Studio Conceal and Correct Palette, which comes in six shades (from light, medium, to deep and dark) — four concealers and two skin correctors that are suitable for your complexion.

You’re also going to need a translucent powder (try Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder) to use between layers of the the product to allow it to set, and blend it evenly onto your skin for a long-lasting natural finish. Before you begin applying product, Gibson advises that “Depending on how big the area is that you need to cover, you will want some small brushes to get into all the small detail areas as well as sponges to stipple the product on with. This allows for a more realistic finish.”

Here are easy-to-follow steps to covering up your bad boy ways.

1. Begin by moisturizing your skin, and allow the lotion to absorb. Make sure you don’t use anything too oily or the product will slide off. Just remember that while doing this, do not cake the makeup on, the goal is to use the least amount of product you can so that it looks as natural as possible. Gibson adds that you shouldn’t have to use makeup all over the area to make it blend perfectly into you skin — keep this in mind while you’re applying product.

2. Grab the conceal/correct palette, and start to stipple it in the shade needed to tackle your particular discoloration; use a yellow for a purple bruise, orange or coral for black and blue, then take a sponge to the area. Next, dust the translucent powder on the area. If necessary, use a small brush to cover up any tiny details or variations in the color of the bump or bruise. You’ll also want to use a green-toned makeup to neutralize red, orange for blue, and cooler-toned concealers to neutralize a yellow-looking bruise. Bear in mind, the makeup itself doesn’t have to be yellow or green, but it’s best to play around with the concealers in your palette as if you were an artist to see which combo best covers that bad boy you’re trying to hide.

3. Dust another layer with translucent powder.

4. Finish off with a layer of concealer or foundation that matches your natural skin color.

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