Cover up! Different Concealers for Different Bruises

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many strange coloured concealers on the market?

 Well all of those crazy coloured concealers are actually very important.  Each tone is used to cover up and conceal a different shade in your skin.  Why do we care?  Because every bruise needs to be concealed with the right shade of concealer.

Check out our cheat sheet below…

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Red / Pink Bruises


The first stage of bruise is usually red or pink.  These are very young bruises and probably hurt a lot still.  In this first stage of bruising the best colour concealer is one with a Green base.

The green is opposite red in the colour wheel and will heap to neutralise the pink in the bruise.


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Purple / Blue Bruises

A deep or large bruise will turn blue or purple.  These bruises are the most unsightly and the ones you will want to cover up the most.  During this stage in the Bruises’ life it is best to go with a Yellow based concealer, or any concealer with a yellow tint to it.

The yellow colour is opposite purple in the colour wheel and will heap to neutralise the purple/blue in the bruise.  If you are not sure if your concealer has a yellow tint to it – the best way to find out is to hold it next to another concealer to see the difference.


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Yellow / Green Bruises

When your bruise is at the end of it’s life and starting to fade, it will turn yellow or green-ish.  These bruises are the easiest to cover as they are normally quite thin and high under the skin.

During this stage in the bruises’ life it is best to go with a lavender or purple based concealer, or any concealer with a purple tint to it.  Lavender Based concealers for these kinds of bruises are the best.

Lavender Base
Lavender Base
Yellow Base
Yellow Base
Green Base
Green Base

If you are looking for more help on how to cover up your bruises for big events, formals or wedding –

Stay tuned!

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A quick note about covering up bruises…

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by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

6 thoughts on “Cover up! Different Concealers for Different Bruises

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    Sherry says:

    Hi, I just came across this page and found it to be very helpful. I have ITP that is caused from Lupus, but I also have something called hemosiderin staining on both of my shins. It’s light brown spots that formed originally from bruises that just never healed. I believe it is left over iron and it has “stained or tattooed” my skin. I want to know what color concealer would be best for this type of bruise?
    Thanks for any help you can give!

    Jackie says:

    Thank u so much i was in a horrible car accident and had a big gash on my head it has now healed to a big bruise and as you can imagine now i want to conceal it and didnt know how to go about it thank you for helping me coup with my forehead.

    Elsie says:

    I have been told that my platlet count may need for me to have Nplate shots. Do you know if you can ever go to monthly shots or ever stop taking the shots. I have searched many web sites and no mention. Have you found anything to eat that helps your count increase? I was diagnosed in 2010 and have had two prednisone treatment since then, the last being this spring. How do you feel about the Nplate treatments. Have you ever skipped a week ? I am extremely upset and want some answers from others like me. I retired from teaching and want to travel some more but feel I will have to do little traveling since I will have to take the weekly shots. Especially to see my daughter and grandsons. Thank you!

    • Meg says:

      I personally have not taken Nplate before so I am not sure about the treatment details. I get the impression that every patient is different and your hematologist will help you. I have skipped my oral immune suppressants many times before and everything has been ok. I was a teacher too, and I would say leaving teaching was very helpful to my health! Ha!

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