I woke up this morning with a nice dark bruise over half of my eye… it was my fault. FI was tickling me last night and I moved my hand up to cover my face – my thumb nail caught on my upper cheek and forcefully pushed up to my eyebrow and straight across my eye. So on the outer half of the eye it is bruised… I tried icing it last night but it only seemed to help with pain.
I don’t wear makeup and I’ve heard that it is difficult to cover a bruise with makeup, it is so bad I have already called in and said I won’t be in until lunch due to a small emergency but I am considering just not going in today. The last thing I need is everyone assuming FI gave me a punch in the face or something.
All I have is some powder and eye shadow and have no idea how best to apply it to cover a bruise so any tips would be great. I don’t think it helps that it is Ivory shade because I doubt this is going to cover a dark brown bruise.
I would just leave it, say you hurt yourself this morning n got a black eye, so went to the ER to get checked for a concussion or whatever. Laugh it off at work. If people see you’re in high spirits, they won’t get any silly thoughts.
Depending on how bad it was.. you would probably be able to cover a good chunk of it using concealer, corrector & foundation/powder, but if you don’t have any of those things, there isn’t much you can do.
There are tutorials on how to make concealer using powder & mosturizer, but I don’t know how well it would work.
It would probably cover up most of the bruise, but if its a deep color, you’d need to cancel out the color with a corrector color.
@ElayneRunner: just be honest with coworkers if they ask. don’t try to cover it up if you don’t have the makeup! you not going to work AND THEN showing up with a black eye is a bit more suspicious, in my opinion. also, i’m so curious why you went anon with this?!
You will just have to roll with it and explain (over and over) what happened. Try to laugh at yourself, and you might as well tell the truth – people will NOT take well to you avoiding an explination or making up stories. There will be some people who pull you aside out of concern, don’t get too flustered over it.
Possible fixes: some people apparently subside the appearance of bruises by putting a cloth soaked with apple cider vinegar on it for 5-10 minutes. Just a warning – make sure that doesn’t get in your eye. It’s OK to get in there (won’t damage it) but will sting. I use it on my face sometimes as a toner, and another warning is it’s common to have red skin for 30 minutes after applying it… it goes away eventually. And if you’re taking painkillers for headaches/cramps/etc, try to use acetemetaphine – most others are blood thinners and can cause you to bruise more easily.
A friend gave herself a 3-month-long black eye from rubbing her eyes too hard a few years ago – that was interesting.
And a coworker gave himself a pretty nasty looking black eye from a basketball bouncing in his face a month ago.
If you don’t go in today then tomorrow go in with a bruise they WILL assume the worst. Just go in and if anyone asks just laugh your butt off and tell them how badly you lost a tickle fight. It’s nothing to be ashamed about so don’t ACT like your ashamed. I mean honestly going anon to post this will probably make people wonder if you’re really telling the truth. Because why hide if you were just silly and clumsy. Heck I’m clumsy all the time. It’s usually followed up by me barreling into a room going “oh my god boss seriously, I just turned around and BAM walked face first into a door!” followedmy hysterical laughter from both of us cause ya, sometimes I’m clumsy and stupid.
If its really not a big deal stop MAKING it a shady big deal.
@ElayneRunner: i once got a black eye that was an accident. i don’t wear makeup either. i had to go to school then work at the time. i just went about my day. if anyone asked, i didn’t go into detail, just said it was an accident and not a big deal.
i didn’t have a bf at the time, but my friends and coworkers trusted me that if i were in a bad situation, i would tell them.
@mu_t: I had posted not that long ago about a spat about FI and I had and I didn’t want any people just assuming I am lying for appearances.
I’ve decided not to go in today because after trying to rub the makeup disaster I put on my eye it is all now red and puffy and I’m going to spend all day rubbing it anyways.
I am sure it’ll won’t be as bad tomorrow. I think a good note is that when trying to cover it up – the more you play with it the worse it’ll look! Worst case scenario I’ll get my sisters concealer tonight and use that…
I also know my coworkers are HUGE gossipers so really any black eye would be pegged as abuse or a bar fight scenario.
@ElayneRunner: I’d go with the bar fight scenario, and make yourself seem like a total badass.
As far as covering it, I’ve never really seen a successful cover unless you’re a pro makeup artist. I had this gross massive bruise on my leg a few summers ago and I tried to cover it for an event which just turned out awful. Better to tell a good story about it and not worry!
@Pinkmoon: I’m actually trying to think of something creative because “I bruised my eye with my thumb” sounds just as weird as “I walked into a door”. But I’ll proably just leave it at “I clocked myself in the eye” and leave it at that because the more I try to explain the thumb scratching so hard up over my eye the more it is going to sound like I am hiding something.