How to cover bruises on arms? The solution lies in simple makeup techniques

Bumping into the door while rushing for a job interview, hitting your elbow on the bedside table while sleeping, and tripping over items in your own messy bedroom – there are countless moments in a day for you to get hurt. Sometimes, we manage to avoid the injuries but sometimes we cannot. Thus we tend to get bruises on different parts of the body. However, it becomes absolutely essential to disguise these prominent, dark-colored marks of injury from your arms when dressing up in cute off-the-shoulder tops, or sleeveless outfits. Therefore, it is important to know how to cover bruises on arms.

You’d be surprised to know that just like facial makeup, there exist a whole lot of techniques for body makeup that help conceal tattoos, bruises and the more prominently visible veins. Today, we will specifically be discussing the use of makeup to hide bruises on the arm.

Color Correcting Method

The first step in makeup must always be moisturizing, irrespective of the fact whether it is facial or body makeup. Therefore, you need to apply a non-greasy lotion on your arm and follow this step by application of a primer on your bruise. Once you have blended it properly, then you should move on to the main step, i.e., color correcting.

Color correcting technique basically works on the principle that colors, which are oppositely placed in the color wheel eliminate the effect of each other.

Therefore, you would need to apply an orange or red shade of lipstick on darker areas of your bruise that are usually blue in color. However, ensure to do so gently with a brush, so that you do not cause pain to yourself by rubbing products harshly on your wound. Similarly, apply translucent powder with gentle strokes of a makeup brush to set the lipstick in place. The next step would be applying a concealer. An important consideration here should be that since the skin of face and arms is different, you should use different concealers for both; ones that match the skin tone of each area. In order to give a finishing touch, you may re-apply translucent powder after the concealer and then put on some setting spray if allowed by nature of your bruise.

Having learned how to cover bruises on arms via the Color Correcting technique, let’s move on to explore another way.


The second technique of hiding the bruise marks on your arms is camouflaging. There are 2 ways to go about it:

  • Via the use of a concealer
  • Via the use of a camouflage cream

The method of applying both of these products is more or less the same. For the purpose of covering a bruise, we would recommend that whichever of the two you are using, make sure to buy their variants in gold or yellow undertones. Reason being that their very purpose is to neutralize the effects of purplish-blue bruises. However, it is possible that sometimes your bruise may have different color such as brown or red. In such cases, concealers or camouflage creams with relevant undertones should be used.

The shade of both these products must be lighter than that of your natural skin color.

Once applied, blend the product perfectly with the help of your fingers. Follow this step by applying a foundation that matches the color of your skin. Then apply translucent powder, and you are good to go!

If you are wondering why we recommended using a lighter shade of camouflaging product but a foundation the same color as your skin tone, here is the answer:

A light-colored camouflage cream or concealer would serve the purpose of hiding a bruise without being very obvious. Also, it would blend into the skin easily and hence become unnoticeable. Application of a more realistic shade of foundation after that would help achieve a natural look.

What’s the difference between camouflage cream and concealer?

The purpose of both is to hide imperfections in the skin. However, a camouflage cream is more pigmented and therefore used in professional settings such as stage makeup. It can be a highly effective product to cover bruises or marks but it is not usually a part of our normal makeup collection. Therefore, for someone who does not own a camouflage cream, concealer would be the best alternate.

Concealers are usually there in people’s makeup kits as they are regularly used in our makeup routine to cover dark circles, spots and birthmarks. They provide a higher coverage as compared to the foundation but are not as pigmented as a camouflage cream.

Deciding which of these 2 products should you use also depends on the size and intensity of your bruise.

Now that you have learned how to cover bruises on arms via 2 different methods, you know that a complete make-up look is not all about a perfectly applied winged eyeliner, flawless base, natural-looking blusher and the right shade of lip color, but also involves body makeup and camouflaging techniques. We hope you will find these tips helpful the next time you are faced with the dilemma of wearing a sleeveless dress or not, in view of a big, blue bruise on the arm.

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