Scrapes and bruises.

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All too often I see people creating a makeup requiring minor injury yet it gets masked in tons of blood. Now don’t get me wrong…. I love a good blood bath when appropriate but sometimes less is more. When you bang your leg on a hard object it doesn’t always gush tons of blood, most likely you will get a nasty bruise and maybe a small scrape. Learning the subtle nuances is the key to great makeup work.  So set down your spray bottle of mass casualty blood and let’s learn about the fine art of bruising.


*Mehron Bruise Wheel

*Mehron Neutral Setting Powder

*Ben Nye Thick Blood


*Mehron Makeup wedges

*Powder puff

*Soft brush

*Make up brush with small handle.

Remember to start with a face free of make up and facial oils. Keep hair out of face while working.


The bruise wheel: Many of the major brands have there version of the bruise wheel and they are good, we are just featuring  the Mehron wheel in this demo. Bruise wheels consist of shades of purple, blue yellow and green, the hues vary form brand to brand. They are most always a cream makeup for easy blending but neutral setting powder is recommend for a realistic finish.

Thick Blood: This is a product, usually made of a wax base, that will look like blood that has started to clot.


Step 1. Start with your darkest shade to create the central bruised area, from there work through the medium shades with a hint of green at the outer most edge. Application is done with the makeup wedges.

Step 1.

Step 1.

Take note that the bruise does not conform to a solid pattern but more free flowing.

Step 2. Create a secondary bruise using less of the dark color and more of the medium tones and green, this will represent a bruise that has begun to dissipate.

Step 2.

Step 2.

Step 3. With a powder puff and the setting powder, pat the bruise to set the makeup and get rid of the shine. Brush the extra powder away with a soft makeup brush.

Step 3.

Step 3.

Step  The scrapes; we will use the handle end of one of our smaller makeup brushes to apply the Thick Blood. Simply roll the end of the brush through the blood and wipe onto the face where you wish to have a scrape.

Step 4.

Step 4.

Step 5. We chose to leave our model free of any additional makeup to emphasize an actual injury.

Step 5.

Step 5.

So next time you need a cool makeup effect, don’t hose down your subject with blood but let your new bruising technique wow the crowd.


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