How to Create Halloween Bruises Using Washable Markers

Updated on July 28, 2017
Notice how my palm area has the most blue? Try to find a large area like that, if you want to make it look like you got hit with something in that ONE area.
Notice how my palm area has the most blue? Try to find a large area like that, if you want to make it look like you got hit with something in that ONE area.

Help! Halloween is here, and I have no money!

I know the feeling, friend! I live in an apartment, and pay for rent AND college with a part-time job. It's difficult to make bill payments, and there's almost never excess money for Halloween costumes and make-up.

Unfortunately, I LOVE Halloween. Its my favorite time of year, and so I've learned to make do when there was nothing to make do with!

Easy Halloween bruises

The easiest thing to do for Halloween is to go as something gory. Fancier costumes cost more money, and all you really need to go as a zombie is some old clothes and markers!

This is an easy tutorial that most anyone will be able to follow, including children! (Though once the markers come out, you may want to supervise your kitchen walls.)

This is the easiest and quickest effect you can create right before going out. If someone is interested in something a little more complicated, let me know!

What You'll Need

  • Nontoxic, washable markers
  • A hand (or any skin)

Getting Started

Location. For this tutorial, I will be showing you how to create a bruise on your wrist; but this is applicable on the back of your hand, neck, feet, and face. I do not suggest trying it on an area where you have a lot of hair. It will be near impossible to see what is drawn on your skin, and it's also a good way to quickly kill cheap markers.

So for now. I'm choosing my wrist

Here's what you'll need to get started:

Cheap Markers

Though, if you follow this tutorial, you'll really only need two colors: red and blue.
Though, if you follow this tutorial, you'll really only need two colors: red and blue.

Step 1

BEFORE STARTING::: PLEASE MAKE SURE that you're using washable, non-toxic markers. I will not be responsible for people getting ill. Just use common sense.

The first thing I like to do is build color. So let's start with a LIGHT blue color. A primary blue from your crayola box of markers will work ok, but you'll need to work harder to get the same effect.

If you're starting with a light blue marker, feel free to color the skin where you want the bruise to be. As you color, take your finger, and rub the ink into the skin. This will help to blend it with your natural skin color. It shouldn't be a huge contrast, just something faint for you to follow.

If you're using a darker blue marker, color a spot on your skin about the size of a dime, and vigorously rub in a circular motion to blend, until it's faint. Repeat this process over different areas until you receive the desire effect.

You can see the area around my wrist is now a nice sickly blue.  I also got a little creative and started going up my palm.
You can see the area around my wrist is now a nice sickly blue. I also got a little creative and started going up my palm.

Step 2

Now we're going to fill in with red. Repeat the blue process, but now use a red marker. Feel free to color larger areas than you did last time with the blue. At this point, the blending gets a little more difficult, so I like to take a damp washcloth corner and use the moisture to help blend. Be careful to not over-blend, or else your over all design will be too faint and not as striking. But don't under-blend or else it wont look as realistic.

DON'T BE AFRAID to let the blue and red blend together. This should get you a nice spotty, purple, red and blue coloration on your skin.


After red layer.
After red layer.

Step 3

Now grab a dark blue marker. Find certain areas that you want to pop out a little more. Color NO bigger than the size of a dime. Since the pigment is darker, it becomes more difficult to blend. Apply the damp washcloth to the dark blue areas RIGHT after you're done coloring it, while the ink it still wet. If you wait too late, it wont blend as nicely.

I like to look at reference pictures of bruises while doing this, to help understand how they color.

Notice how my palm area has the most blue? Try to find a large area like that, if you want to make it look like you got hit with something in that ONE area.
Notice how my palm area has the most blue? Try to find a large area like that, if you want to make it look like you got hit with something in that ONE area.

Step 4

Spend some time with your markers, adding red, blue or other colors where you feel is necessary. Again, looking at a reference is always wonderful. Bruises come in many colors!

I tend to stay away from the color black, as it's not really a color that occurs in nature. If you're going for a black and blue bruise, be sure to blend the black in carefully. It's very easy to go overboard, leaving you with a tacky result.

The rest is up to you, and what you want it to look like. Blend until satisfied!

I blend the dividing line between the marker and skin carefully. Tapering your red color off to become fainter as it moves away from the bruise gives a more realistic effect.
I blend the dividing line between the marker and skin carefully. Tapering your red color off to become fainter as it moves away from the bruise gives a more realistic effect.

You can use this effect for several different things, and I use this as a foundation for other makeup effects.

Just be creative and have fun!

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      mvaivata 6 years ago

      So gross... yet... so cool! I am so gonna add this to my next costume. Thank you!

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      bschnabel 6 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks Susan! Much appreciated!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very cool! Welcome to HubPages.

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