Overhauling Your Look

How To Use Makeup To Hide Residual Bruising From Your Facelift

You've emerged from your facelift surgery satisfied with your new look, and you can't wait to show off your younger-looking face to friends and strangers. Unfortunately, you're still a little bruised. Bruising is a normal struggle in the facelift recovery process. Even after your scars are healed, the treated area may a little black and blue for a couple of weeks. Don't let this bruising keep you from going out and having fun. Follow these steps to hide the evidence with makeup.

Step 1: Apply a Moisturizing Skin Primer

Look for a high-quality foundation primer that is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help your skin continue healing. Apply this evenly over your whole face to ensure that your foundation goes on smoothly.

Step 2: Apply a Liquid Foundation All Over

Liquid foundation is ideal when you are trying to cover bruising, since it will not leave your skin looking cakey once you layer on your concealer and powder. Resist the urge to apply extra foundation over the bruises. It should simply be a base to give you a smooth, even skin tone that you can build on in the next steps.

Step 3: Dab on Some Green or Yellow Concealer

If your bruises are red, cover them with a green concealer. If they are still black and blue, cover them with a yellow concealer. Use a soft sponge rather than a brush to apply the concealer so you don't irritate your scars. Extend the concealer just slightly past the edges of the bruised area. The colored concealer cancels out the color of your bruises, making them far less visible. Let it dry for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Apply Skin Colored Concealer

Use a concealer that is the same color as your skin to cover the green or yellow concealer. Once again, use a sponge or your fingers to apply it rather than a brush. Extend the skin-toned concealer just past the colored concealer.

Step 5: Blend the Edges

Dip a soft, fluffy makeup brush in skin toned powder, and use it to buff out the edge of the area to which you applied concealer. Keep blending until you can no longer see a distinct line where the concealer ends.

Step 6: Set Your Makeup with Translucent Powder

Dip another soft brush into translucent powder, and use it to set the foundation and concealer over your whole face. This will keep your concealer from melting or creasing. Now you're ready to apply eyeshadow, lip gloss, and any other makeup products you prefer.

The secret to successfully covering facelift bruising using the steps above is to use high-quality products. You may have to experiment with a few different concealers and powders before you discover ones that are perfect for your unique skin. Look for cosmetics that do not contain artificial fragrances, as these ingredients may irritate your scars. If you have yet to get your facelift, try MacLeod Trail Plastic Surgery, and keep these tips in mind for dealing with the bruises afterward.