Bruise knowledge and practice

I have been pretty busy lately with work and the end of the semester that I have had zero time for expanding the creativity.  I haven’t done bruises in a while so I decided to practice earlier this week, and refresh my memory about them.  I learned how to do sick bruises in a stage makeup class I took a few years ago.  The only time we didn’t use a sponge throughout the entire course was when we were learning bruises.

Bruises form when the small veins and capillaries under the skin break.  The little vessels then seep blood into the nearby tissue causing tenderness and discoloration.  Immediately after an hit or blow to the body the skin will begin to turn a little pink or red. This stage might be so quick you don’t notice it, or your bruise might be so deep that by the time the blood rises to the surface of the skin it’s already magenta .  The area might be tender as it starts to swell where the bruise will form.  Over the next few days as the injury swells more the blood begins to oxygenate and turn dark blueish and purple.  Signs that the body is healing itself begin when the bruise is at its grossest.  It will start to turn green when the blood begins to break down.  The next step is for your body to reabsorb the hemoglobin; this makes your bruise appear yellowish brown.  Over the next day or so it will gradually fade back to your skin color.

IMG_0163This bruise looks like it is a few days old

I used Ben Nye crème makeup to create these full body bruises.  I used only the three primary colors and CL-2 Forrest Green.  I started by mixing the colors I knew I would need.  I always go overboard and extra with everything I do so I started by multiplying the colors I was using.  I changed the hue of the red I was using by adding a little yellow for a red-orange and with the blue for a red-blue.  Then I changed the tone in all of my red hues then repeated the process with blue and yellow.  I mixed a few shades of purple and various oranges before I began, as well as lighter greens.


These look a bit older- like they might be starting to heal

I start by using a light color for the base- it varies dependent on if I’m going for a new or old bruise.  For either I could probably get away with light orange because I blend more colors on top of this layer anyway.  I blend out the edges now so I hopefully won’t have to deal with them again.  Then I just sort of wing it, pick up a color and start dabbing it on.  I like it smooth and blended on the way to the darker blotches of blood.  Be mindful of the colors you are using as a large red and green bruise isn’t likely to exist in reality.




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