Bruises are caused when blunt trauma breaks the capillaries just beneath the skin, flooding the dermis with blood. As the hemoglobin in the blood breaks down and disperses, bruises change color and fade. Today I’m going to be demonstrating how to create bruises across the many stages of healing.
First, ask yourself:
Also take into consideration the person's skin tone, age, and health, which all impact the way they will bruise.
Next, assemble your products. I swear by the Skin Illustrator alcohol-activated palettes (I have FX and Fleshtone Light), cream colors by companies such as Ben Nye and Kryolan also work well and are much easier on the wallet. Ask for a “bruise wheel” for all of the colors you’ll need in one handy compact! Also, a variety of sponges is necessary: orange sponges and black sponges are best, but in a pinch you can use a kitchen sponge or even a white makeup sponge that you texturize yourself. I always texturize my sponges’ surfaces by either attacking them with the tips of some sharp pointy scissors or tearing little bits out with my fingernails. You will also need a translucent powder. My favorite is RCMA No-Color Powder but any translucent or sheer flesh-toned loose powder will work.