How to Make a Fake Black Eye
For Halloween, or for a theater production, you may want to make a fake black eye. Or maybe you just can't come up with a doctor's note on such short notice. Either way, with a little makeup and artistic flair, you can create a realistic bruise in about five minutes!
Wash and dry your skin before you begin.Otherwise, you can irritate it. What's more, you want to work with a clean palette.
Smear black eye pencil around your entire eye socket, including your eyelid.Give special emphasis to the area below your eye, nearest your nose. Smudge the eye pencil with a tissue wrapped around your finger for a smoother look. Be sure to let the edges of the "bruise" fade realistically.
- Highlight immediately beneath your eye and the line that forms a crescent shape underneath your eye. These two areas get very puffy and inflamed when hit.
Apply a coat of matte, dark purple eyeshadow over the eye pencil.Highlight the edge of the nose that got hit (near the corner of the eye) and just below the eye, where the last knuckle would land.
- A cream-based shadow may be more effective, but matte powder will work, too.
Apply some dark red eyeshadow or lipstick in small amounts.Use a stipple sponge, if you have it, to mimic a scrape. Concentrate the red on the corner of the eye near the tear duct and at the top of the cheekbone near the outer edge of the eye.
Add dark blue or dark maroon eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye and along the eyelid.Dab the brush on your hand before applying to make sure you're not accidentally concentrating too much product on any one area.
Finish by blending in yellow or light green.Add these colors at the outer corner of your eye, your orbital bone, and the lower edge of the "bruise". When a bruise fades, it turns more to this end of the color spectrum.
QuestionFor people who are not easy to trick, how can I make it look more realistic? What if I don't have the materials or know how to use them?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry using more green, yellow, and purple colors. Eyeshadow is sold very cheaply at the dollar store and it may be a good idea to practice making a bruise on your hand before you do it on your eye.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if there is a visible sparkle from the shadow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse a matte eyeshadow. Matte eyeshadow has a dull finish and will not sparkle.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I use this on my older brother?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you want to give your brother a fake black eye, try doing it while he's sleeping.Thanks!
- The bruise from a black eye is caused by blood draining towards the lowest point (the area between the nose, eye, and cheekbone), so make sure to give extra emphasis to this area when applying makeup.
- Be sure to use matte eyeshadow -- sparkles will ruin the effect!
- Do not pack the makeup on too much the overlapping will cause puffiness.
- Don't do this activity if you are allergic to anything in this process.
- Black eyes are usually caused by an injury on the forehead or orbital bone. For extra realism, add a small bruise there.
- Make sure the make up isn't shiny. If it is shiny, it can easily be discerned as fake.
- Don't use this to fake an injury unless it's part of a Halloween prank, theater production, or other costume.
Things You'll Need
Eyeshadow in various colors (purples, blues, reds, greens, yellows)
Stipple sponge (optional)
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