How to Create a Sfx/Makeup Bruise

November 4, 2017

You may not know this about me, but I’ve been a special effects makeup artist during Halloween for three years now. I created tons of awesome looks I’m quite proud of, which I’m sure I’ll share with you when the time comes, but until then, I’ll be bestowing my go-to technique of my favorite basic special effect- bruising.

In today’s post, I’ll be teaching you step by step how to create a sfx/makeup bruise.

step by step tutorial on how to make a bruise | makeup bruise | sfx makeup | sfx makeup bruise | makeup bruise | sfx bruise tutorial | halloween makeup | sfx bruised face | fake bruise Bruising is easily my favorite basic sfx to create. If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen what a bruise looks like before, as I wake up with random ones constantly, so it’s just a matter of recreating something you’re so used to seeing.

What To Buy to Create a Sfx Makeup Bruise

I highly recommend the Ben Nye Bruise and Abrasions Wheel to create your bruise. Now, of course, you can chose to use any purple, yellow, and red toned shadows if you do not have access to the Bruise Wheel. You will also need Beauty Wedges. You can use normal blending brushes, but I find the wedges are better for a “broken capillary” effect. *The links above are affiliate links, for which I will make a small commission if you purchase using my link. *

Step by Step Sfx/Makeup Bruise Tutorial

First and foremost, before you begin any of these steps, decide where you want your bruise to be and how fresh/healed you want it. These steps are for a fresh bruise.

1. Rip the beauty wedge in half.

2. Pick small pieces of the sponge off of the larger side of the sponge. This creates the textured effect that bruises have, instead of having a solid coloring. It should look similar to this. how to rip a makeup sponge to make bruises


3. Dip your sponge into the maroon color and dab onto the area you want the bruise.  maroon
It is important that you dab/stipple/press onto skin so that the color is not solid, but gives a broken apartappearance and will be deeper in some areas. Keep in mind where the bruise is being placed and shape your bruise accordingly.


4. Dip your sponge into the purple color. Repeat step 3.  




Here is a finished product of a fresh bruise. bruise makeup halloween

OPTIONAL 5: Add yellow around the edges to give a healing effect. Go back in with purple or maroon over the yellow to blend in.

Example of healing bruise. makeup sfx halloween bruise

If you create any bruising, be sure to tag me or send me your work! I’d love to see them.


  • marissa

    November 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    this is such a great halloween look!

    1. lemonjaded

      November 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      thank you!

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