Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine
It's summer, which means high heels and higher hemlines. And, if you lack coordination like me, more opportunities to show off the constellation of bruises on your legs. Blame it on the increase in outdoor activities-or, I don't know, daytime drinking-but we girls tend to fall down a lot more in the summer. And when it's time to slip into your favorite blue and purple sundress, the last thing you want is for the welt on your knee to match. I talked to makeup artist Quinn Murphy, who works with some of the leggiest in the business (Victoria's Secret models, hello!), for his tips on quickly concealing splotches, bumps, and scrapes. As for healing your bruised ego, you're on your own.
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Depending on the severity of the bruise, you might need to break out the concealer. If the bruise is dark black or brown, go for one that is two to three shades lighter than your skintone. If it's purple, use one with peach or salmon undertones to counterbalance the blue in the bruise. Murphy likes Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage because it has a dry consistency that won't budge in the heat. "Just don't put it everywhere," says Murphy, who recommends using a domed concealer brush to apply it just to dark areas. "It will look like you're wearing lots of makeup and it won't blend as naturally." Tap a foundation in the same shade as your legs on top to blend everything together.
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So you banged up your shins mountain biking? Redness is actually the easiest thing to fix-just add two small drops of body foundation (Murphy likes M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation) into your daily moisturizer and smooth it over your legs. "This really evens out the skintone and gets rid of imperfections," Murphy says.
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If it's a small scratch from a tree branch (or irritable cat), bust out a clean eyeliner brush rather than your usual concealer brush. Murphy uses a fine, angled version to apply concealer just along the scrape. "With the legs it's all about spot treating," he says. "I really like as much of the skin to show as possible."