The best makeup for covering facelift bruises

  • 1 year ago

We all know that bruising is usually part of the facelift recovery process. But that doesn't mean we want to be seen black and blue (or yellow and green) by friends and family. If you're ready to get out in the world, but want to cover your bruises, I've put together a list of products you might want to consider (caveat: I've never tried these products and am not being paid to promote them, they are simply a collection of items I've curated from around the internet).

Dermablend Claims to cover bruises on the face and neck

Kat Von D tattoo concealer It stands to reason that if it can cover ink, it can cover bruising as well

CoverFX Check out the Total Cover Cream Foundation

Dior Airflash While pricey, it's purported to be buildable, which means you can layer it to improve coverage

Makeup Forever has been recommended by professional makeup artists for covering bruises

If you have additional recommendations, please leave them in the comments section!

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My skin is a mess. I am at day 12 post op. Two weeks before lower facelift I had a great vitamin infused facial, thank goodness. I have just been washing with baby shampoo (as ps instructed) and my skin is just oily (I do not have oily skin, so it is weird, must be overproducing oil to make up for the dryness and tautness of skin)...I hate using baby shampoo to wash my hair...it is dry and lifeless. yucko then gets oily by morning (again, I do not have oily hair)...so today I go to get some stitches and staples out...just wondering if anyone has ideas about skin and hair that worked well during recovery...I am still red by ears and tight..and swollen and bruised, so I am behind most of you on this thread. thanks!
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wish i could find something that works - i am 11 days post op and must return to work on the 18th . makeup looks awful , pores are more obvious than before. i got the jane iredale 4 color corrector kit from my dr as well, but can do nothing with it. I feel like i look worse now than bfore my surgery. :( any suggestions spent 1.5 hrs at clinique counter bought $250 of it in cleanser and makeup and all i see are bruises and screaming pores!! HELP!
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Hi,..I know what you are going through! I am post op day 49...my skin is still not so great but better than it was at 12...I thought 26 would be the magic number, but it goes on and on. My PS kept suggesting Dermablend (which is good) and to go to Macy's and get a makeover...but, I had products at home. I did find something that I love at ULTA...and it worked for me. I bought a concealer in a little tube called IT...but I had to get a darker shade than my normal I guess because my skin is darker now...and discolored...I liked it so much (it does a pretty good job, and is very moisturizing and a little goes a looooong way) I use a small brush to apply it along the jawline and the unsightliness of my cheek area (I do not put anything on where incisions in front were as that is still a little red, but closed)...I like this product so much I went back and bought the foundation that is a SPF 50 in a bottle with a little pump top. I use a larger brush (foundation brush) to apply it. I also bought a Palladio (cheap at Ulta too) rice powder and put that on top...works like a charm!!!!!!!!! I was stunned, as I have worked in the beauty industry and see lots of stuff. As far as my skin, mine was a mess until about day 30 ish...I cleanse with Cetaphil, moisturize with Neutrogena Skin Naturals during day...and am now using avocado oil at night (pure) on my skin ; it has made a big difference. I bought the Avocado pure oil at GNC, little bottle 6.99 little goes a long way. I used Arnica bruise gel for weeks and weeks and really don't know if it worked or not for the bruising and discoloration. I also took and am taking Vit C like crazy and was taking bromelain...not sure if any of that really works. As for the pores, I use Dr. Thayer's Rose Witch Hazel...or you could get the non scented...also available at GNC or any drugstore, or just regular WHazel...My skin is very different than before surgery. I hope I helped. Just be sure you don't let your incisions see the light of day as far as sun.
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thanks, i will try those (or at least some of them) the clinique makeup was so heavy that it just looked like grease caked on my skin - would rather see bruises!! I decided to use my cheap drugstore makeup that I used before surgery, and it looks better on my skin than the other stuff - even the physicians formula concealer did a better job. i have decided that i will just wear my bruises proudly and say to heck with it!!
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A lot of times the drugstore brands do work better than the super expensive ones....I hate caked on makeup as well. Good for you, wear those bruises proudly. :)
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thanks, kit - sounds like you know where i'm coming from. I have already blown my inheritance on my face, and just hate to keep spending more $$$$$
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We used to joke about a facelift fund...lol...and now it is done. I hate to keep spending more too, and then when people have to go in for revisions for perfection, I am terrified.
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http://www.josephtogbamd.com/face/facelift/
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I recently had a facelift and recovered with minimum bruises in my skin . Thoughtfully apllying the makeup helps though I only followed the tips and tricks suggested by my doc. at Oakland. You can also go through the same. Hope the hyperlink helps ! :)
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I love Kat von D tattoo concealer -- that plus Bare Essentials powder works perfectly!
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Just wanted to throw a plug for makeup forever. I have a scar :/ my cheek as well as broken capillaries from a skin cancer surgery. I wear MUFE foundation, no concealer needed to completely hide both. I strongly recommend applying it with a stippling brush. It's easy to be too heavy handed with it otherwise and give that "I have on an inch of foundation" look otherwise.
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I have read that Jane Iredale has a color correcting kit that blends in well. I am thinking of ordering it.
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Thanks for giving me a chance to correct a mistake I made months ago. Namely, that the makeup my doc gave me is Jane Iredale, and I love it! Works like a charm. No fragrance, either. Sheesh, I must have been coming off the pain killers. :(
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Westy I am confused (doesn't take much) you LOVE it and it has no fragrance????? Or you hate it and it smells??? Kathy
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I love the Jane Iredale color correction makeup and it is fragrance free. What had confused me (and, in fairness, this was 4 days after surgery) was that the nurse who demonstrated it to me made a big show of 'setting' the makeup with a highly perfumed 'finishing spray.' At the time, I thought the spray was an essential part of the makeup. Once I realized that it was optional, however, I gave the makeup itself (little pallet of four colors) a try and was amazed at the coverage it gives! I'm not much of a makeup person—colored sunscreen is more my style—but the bruises I had were nothing I'd want to go out in public with, so the Jane Iredale stuff was a godsend. Like I said, I think I was coming off the meds or something when I wrote my original post. I mean honestly, Jill Ireland??? You'd think I'd at least have come up with the Jane part. It is, after all, my middle name.
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Tis okay Westy, we still love you! :-) Kathy
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Thank you for these suggestions! My PS's aesthetician gave me a bunch of 'free' Jill Ireland makeup before I left the office, which was nice, I suppose, except that it's full of fragrance and I can't use it because I have rosacea.
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I can't use products with fragrance either. Not sure if any of the above contain fragrance. I'll look for some that don't have any.

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I'm delighted to see Makeup Forever listed here. I had never heard of it before I went on the hunt for a good coverup post facelift. The trick to this is the primer which comes in various shades based on your issue ; red tones, yellow (great for the bruising issues as they heal) and of course your underlying complexions. I can tell you under their foundation it is the best makeup I've ever used. It's given my skin a whole new look! You don't need much; a little goes a long way. You can buy this online at Sephora's. I use it over my SPF 50 moisturizer and it comes across as very sheer.
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Thanks for the feedback on how to best use that cover up! Very helpful.

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Financegirl Hi, I have just been checking out the Makeup forever, looks pretty good. do you neem a camoflage scar cover all concealer and separate Hd foundation, and also the HD powder, what colours did you get and how are you applying yours? Just like to know as looks pretty good stuff. any help appreciated Thanks :)
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tiaratiara, I got the lavender colored primer which covered the yellow tinge I got from the bruising. I usually put about the size of a dime in my palm and blend it all over my face with a makeup sponge. It dries pretty quick. Then I use the HD foundation over it and use a makeup sponge to blend the edges. It's hard sometimes because without feeling near the jaw and my ears I can't always get it right so I use a mirror to make sure I'm feathering it so there's no lines. The HD powder just the white translucent one goes on with the makeup brush... Boy does it last!
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Finance how did you get the correct colour for the foundation?
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I like the look of a load of make up forever and am going to get myself a whole new make up bag , as feel I deserve it after all this pain I have gone through therapeutic shopping! Is expensive but most good make up is xx thanks for the hints on this subject :) I was going to order Friday but just missed the 24 hr slot, so thought check out how to get right colour foundation , they don't sell this in shops do they ?
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Tiaratiara... You're in the UK so I'm not sure if you have a makeup chain called Sephora there. They sell it. Other than that you can go through the toll free number on the website and they will help you find the right shade. The primer colors are numbered on the kind you get and it will tell you which one is good to even out red tones, or yellow etc. The Foundation.. well that's always a problem for me until I try it on. I actually had one and had to take it back because it was too pale. I went up two shades. I would ask about their return policy just in case. Good luck!
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