What is a bruise kit? Amber Heard explains use of makeup to cover up alleged Johnny Depp abuse

Amber Heard claimed that she had to use a bruise kit to cover up the wounds she endured from alleged Johnny Depp abuse (Image via Steve Helber/Getty Images)
Amber Heard claimed that she had to use a bruise kit to cover up the wounds she endured from alleged Johnny Depp abuse (Image via Steve Helber/Getty Images)
Barsha Roy

On Monday, Amber Heard returned to the stands to continue testifying in her ongoing defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp which resumed at the Fairfax County court after a week-long hiatus.

In her latest testimony, Heard shared further details about the alleged domestic violence incidents she claimed to have endured during her relationship with Depp. She also spoke about the makeup routine she followed to cover up her bruises from the alleged abuse.


The actress detailed using a particular color-correction palette that she referred to as the bruise kit and applied it according to the color of her bruises. However, Amber Heard did not name any specific brand on Monday, contrary to her mention of Milani cosmetics during the initial days of the trial.

Explaining the meaning of a bruise kit


The bruise kit is a type of makeup product that consists of a wheel featuring several color palettes like red, burgundy, violet, purple, yellow, and sallow green compacts. According to the Ben Nye Makeup Company, the wheel usually consists of colors that often mimic the tones that occur in the skin during bruises and skin abrasions.

The makeup can be applied to the skin with a sponge, fingertip, or makeup brush. The color tones can also be mixed to achieve customized blends and unique combinations.


The term bruise kit recently made news after being mentioned in the latest Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation hearing.

However, Twitter user @theFabCommuter pointed out that the bruise kit is often used to create bruises on the skin with makeup:

Interesting that AH is testifying about her "theatrical makeup" she used as a "bruise kit" to cover injuries but when you Google "theatrical makeup bruise kit" this is what comes up. It's used to CREATE bruises. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #AmberHeardIsALiar #JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial

As per Ben Nye Makeup, to create wounds with the help of a bruise kit, the user should identify the age of the bruise being replicated. The company, known for its master bruise wheel, mentioned that the red tones on the palette should be utilized to create a fresh bruise, and the purple tones should later be mixed to show the bruises aging.

The brand also suggested that the darkest colors should be applied where blood would pool up under the skin’s surface, and the blue tone should be introduced in the peak age of bruising. It also mentioned that the yellow and green tones could represent that the bruise is healing.

What did Amber Heard say about the bruise kit?


As the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial resumed on May 16, the latter took the stand to testify further about her abuse allegations against Depp. The actress told jurors that she often had to use make-up to cover up the wounds on her face left by Depp’s alleged assault:

“I am typically photographed in LA when I leave the house, paparazzi types of photographs. No woman wants to walk around with a bruise on her face.”
One of the moments I waited for in Amber Heard's testimony was how she was using her makeup to cover bruises. She held the Milani pallet said it 'obviously wasn't this exact one', called it a 'bruise kit', and then said she used it after her foundation and concealer 👀

The Aquaman star further explained her usage of make-up :

“The idea is that you want to counteract whatever color you're working with on the bruise. So first day of bruising, well the immediate is red. The red is what shows up right away. So you want to go with the opposite on the color wheel by dabbing on a bit of the green or something to counteract the red.”

Amber Heard also showed the court a makeup kit consisting of four colors resembling a similar kit that she would always carry with her during her relationship with Depp:

“This is what I'm talking about, a color correction kit. This is not, obviously, the exact one I used to carry. But I used to carry it with me all the time.”

She further shared the medical and makeup routine she used to follow to cover up the bruises from the alleged abuse:

“It's manageable if you ice it. Arnica is also a great remedy, arnica cream. And then if you want to cover up a bruise, you obviously put foundation first, concealer. And then on top of that, I use a color correction kit.”
A makeup artist says if Amber Heard used a color corrector AFTER foundation then she was creating bruises. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #JohnnyDeppvAmberHeard

Heard’s use of makeup previously became a point of discussion during the opening arguments of the defamation trial. At the time, her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told the court that the actress mixed different colors from the Milani Conceal + Perfect All-in-One Correcting Kit to cover up different days of the bruises as they developed.

However, Milani Cosmetics made a TikTok video saying that the makeup collection mentioned in court by Heard’s team launched in 2017, a year after the actress filed for divorce from Depp and accused him of alleged domestic violence.

So glad Amber cleared up the Milani situation. This was probably what she actually used.She did say "BRUISE KIT. THEATER MAKEUP."#AmberHeardIsALiar #AmberHeardIsAPsychopath#JusticeForJohnnyDepp#JohnnyDeppIsInnocent

During Monday’s testimony, Heard’s team also shared detailed photos of the actress with bruises and swelling on her face. Amber Heard alleged that she suffered injuries after an altercation with Depp in 2016 when he allegedly threw a phone at her face.

The actress also mentioned that she filed for divorce from Depp shortly after the incident and issued a temporary restraining order against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

Twitter reacts to Amber Heard’s bruise kit testimony

Twitter mocked Amber Heard for her bruise kit testimony (Image via Steve Helber/Getty Images)
Twitter mocked Amber Heard for her bruise kit testimony (Image via Steve Helber/Getty Images)

In response to Heard's claim of using makeup, several people took to Twitter to share their reactions to her claims:

From her cracked lips to our ears. Amber Heard used a bruise kit during her relationship with Johnny. You said it girl, not me. @realamberheard #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #DeppVsHeard #AmberHeardlsALiar
Amber heard calls her make up kit a bruise kit 🤦‍♂️
amber heard just called makeup kit her "bruise kit" 😭🤡
The fact that Amber Heard called her makeup “bruise kit” and said she puts it on TOP of her foundation.That’s just backwards lady, at least get it CORRECT if you’re gonna lie. It’s something you’d put on first, under the foundation if you’re covering a bruise up. #DeppVsHeard
BOOM! she said, foundation, concealer, THEN BRUISE KIT!!! every woman knows color corrector goes on FIRST. SHE DOESN'T WEAR MAKEUP! she put the "bruise kit" on top of her makeup!!!! Any cosmo girl would know! --elle woods. #AmberHeardIsALiar #amberheard #JohnnyDeppvAmberHeard
Amber Heard said that she puts her color corrector after her foundation and concealer. She must be the only one on Earth. She also called her color corrector a bruise kit ! #AmberHeard #JusticeForJohhnyDepp #DeppHeardTrial #JohnnyDeppVsAmberHeard #bruisekit
So Amber Heard just admitted on the stand to using a bruise kit. OOPS. Color correcting pallet and bruise kit are not the same. And you wouldn’t color correct AFTER putting on foundation and concealer #JusticeForJohhnyDepp #DeppVsHeard #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser #AmberHeardIsALiar
You do not color correct after you apply foundation and concealer you always color correct before… but if you use a bruise kit then ofc you use it after. #amberheard #JohnnyDepp #AmberHeardIsALiar #JohnnyDeppvAmberHeard #JusticeForJohhnyDepp
Amber Heard had a Freudian slip with the ‘bruise kit’ reference. A bruise kit is makeup used to make yourself look like you’re bruised; not for concealing it.Let’s go with the cross examination, please.#AmberHeardIsALiar #JohnnyDeppvAmberHeard #bruisekit
Used a bruise kit??? Just admitted it then corrected herself. She can't even keep up with her own charade. Just more lies. Elaine said that was the EXACT one #amberheard carried in her purse. #AmberHeardIsALiar #stopthelies #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #DeppHeardTrial
Amber Heard catches herself telling the truth that she used a bruise kit to make the bruises on her face. Watch her panic trying to recover from that slip up! Y'all be the judge! #DeppVsHeard #DeppHeardTrial #AmberHeardIsALiar #JusticeForJohnnyDepp

As reactions continue to pour in online, it remains to be seen if Amber Heard and her legal team will address the use of makeup and allegations of creating bruises to frame Depp in the days to come.

So far, the actress has maintained her stance about using color-correcting makeup to hide her wounds, despite Johnny Depp’s team claiming that she used minimal makeup and said the actress did not suffer any injuries.

Edited by Sayati Das


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