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How to Hide the Appearance of a Shaving Cut

by Celeigh O'Neil, studioD

Shaving cuts are a painful inconvenience whether they occur on the face or body. They can be caused by an overly sharp razor, a dull razor used with force or simply by hitting a sensitive patch of skin. Shaving cuts tend to heal quickly once clotted, but may still be noticeable for a few days after they appear. This is undesirable when you wish to look your best or have an important event. Cover up the appearance of a shaving cut with some concealer.

Apply cold water to the wound immediately after the skin is cut. Splash the water onto the skin to help the blood to clot and stop the bleeding.

Place a piece of tissue on the cut to keep the area clean as the bleeding stops.

Apply a shaving nick gel or alternatively a waxy lip balm to the affected area to help seal the wound and prevent infection.

Select a concealer to use. Choose a hydrating cream-based concealer that is the same shade as your skin or one shade lighter. Hydrating concealers soothe and protect the skin to promote healing.

Place one swipe of concealer at the center of the cut.

Blend the concealer in to the skin. Use your finger to gently blend the concealer at the edges of the cut outwards in a circular motion.

Set the concealer with a translucent powder. Place one layer of powder over the cut using a powder puff or your finger. Tap it over the concealer as to not reveal the cut again. Use no more than two layers of powder to avoid drawing attention to the area.

Items you will need
  •  Water
  •  Tissue
  •  Shaving nick gel
  •  Cream concealer
  •  Translucent powder


  • Apply direct pressure to the cut for 15 minutes if it is bleeding heavily. If the cut does not stop bleeding at this point, you should seek medical attention.
  • A red and inflamed cut can indicate infection. Contact your doctor immediately in this case to avoid infection.

About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

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