However you get a black eye and want to disguise the fact remains that it is an unsightly blemish on your face that you want to disuise and in many circumstances can cause those you meet to view you with not a little suspicion, however unwarranted.
After all, when you say that the baby poked its elbow into your eye or use some similar innocent sounding excuse, it may not always be believed as the true reason. That you got involved in a fight will always be at the back of people’s mind. Not something that most potential employers, or customers, or the girl friends’ parents would consider a plus point for your character.
The problem is that it is virtually impossible to disguise a black eye from any body looking you straight in the face from a short distance away, particularly if you only received the black eye in the last day or two.
Cover A Black Eye With A Pad
At the risk of stating the obvious, a medical eye pad with a large enough piece of lint, or similar, underneath to cover the bruised and swollen area is about the only way to completely disguise a black eye.
In order to get away with this you must also be an accomplished liar as you have to come up with a story such as having a scratched cornea caused by grit, a painful stye or a bad case of conjunctivitis.The last resort is extra large lensed sunglasses!
Use Ice Packs to Reduce That Black Eye
There are several techniques to cover the discoloration that are more suitable for the ladies but unlikely to be practical for most men and that is the use of make-up.
First things first, it will be necessary to reduce the swelling that accompanies the black eye before any make up can be an effective disguise. Most will have heard of applying a raw steak to the area but that only worked because of its coldness so an ice pack will do the same job of constricting the blood vessels which reduces the internal bleeding that causes the swelling and black and blue discolouration.
Just put some crushed ice in a plastic bag and apply to the eye area by taping it to the forehead to avoid undue pressure on the eye itself. Leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes every two hours. Using a bag of frozen peas will do just as well, otherwise gently apply cold compresses for ten minutes at a time.
Do Not Take Aspirin For Black Eye Pain Relief
If you need to alleviate any pain do not use aspirin as it is an anticoagulant making the blood slower to clot and for the black eye to heal. The recommended alternative is Acetaminophine which will not delay the healing process.
Go Easy on the Make Up But Thicken the Lashes
When applying make up to the affected area be careful not to be tempted to cover it up by applying too much concealer as it will only look caked on. Use a good liquid concealer in a yellow to green shade to contrast the red and blue of the bruised area. Apply by gently using the finger tip and working from the centre outwards to the edge of the bruise. Allow it to dry and apply a second coat if you feel it necessary.
Both eyes should look the same so apply the concealer to the good eye to match up. Finish the disguise with with a final light coat of base make up that matches your skin tone. Care must be taken not to remove the concealer so be very gentle when using the base make up.
Attention can be drawn away from the bruised area by emphasising the lashes. A good tip to thicken them up is to first apply a thick coat of mascara, followed by baby powder on the forefinger brushed on to the lashes before applying another coat of mascara.
Use a compact puff and eye liner on the bottom lid and a light colored eye shadow on the upper lids, match the color of your blush or use light purples or blues, both work well.
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How Long Will My Black Eye Last?
On average a black eye will last about a week during which time it will turns from blue/red to green to yellow before becoming healed. You should avoid putting any strain, such as heavy lifting or blowing your nose too hard as this can cause the affected area to swell up even more.
Do be aware that if as a result of a black eye you experience a pain in the eye, floaters in your field of vision, become sensitive to light or have blurred or double vision you should seek urgent medical advice. A detached retina may occur and that will need immediate attention or you may risk blindness.