Amber Heard's Reference to 'Bruise Kit' Makeup Goes Viral

Video footage of Amber Heard referring to her makeup palette during testimony as a "bruise kit"—before quickly correcting herself—has gone viral on TikTok.

Heard, 36, returned to Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on Monday for her defamation trial with ex-husband Johnny Depp, who has sued her for saying she was a domestic abuse survivor in a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post.

While Depp, 58, was not named in the article, the actor's lawyers have argued that it was obvious she was referring to him. Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard, who has responded by countersuing for $100 million for nuisance.

As she returned to the stand, Heard emotionally alleged that she had been beaten by Depp during their ill-fated relationship, which ended in 2016.

Amber Heard calls makeup palette "bruise kit"
Video footage of Amber Heard referring to a makeup palette during her testimony as a "bruise kit" has gone viral on TikTok. Heard is pictured Heard testifying and displaying a makeup kit in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in "The Washington Post" in 2018 referring to herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse." POOL/AFP via Getty Images/STEVE HELBER

For his part, Depp had earlier testified that he, too, had been physically abused by his Rum Diary co-star Heard, who he accused of throwing a large bottle of vodka at him, resulting in injuries that included the severing of part of his fingertip.

Depp and Heard have each denied the other's allegations of domestic abuse.

As Heard returned to the stand on Monday, she discussed a makeup palette that she said she used to cover up bruises allegedly inflicted upon her by Depp.

Holding up the palette, the Aquaman star told the court: "This is what I was talking about as 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.

"Sometimes this pink is sometimes a little but more purple of a hue. And sometimes the kits are three colors. You can get them in three or four colors. Sometimes they have even more."

Explaining why she always had the kit with her, she went on: "I am typically photographed in LA when I leave the house. Paparazzi take my photograph, so I'm somewhat aware of that anyway.

"No woman wants to walk around with a bruise on her face. So if I did have a bruise on my face, or someplace visible, the main thing you have to ice right away to reduce swelling because no amount of makeup can fix swelling.

"But it's very manageable. You ice it really soon. 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 like a bruise kit," she said, before quickly correcting herself. "Not a bruise kit, it's a theater makeup kit."

Footage of that part of Heard's testimony has gone viral on TikTok, with one clip shared in the hours since she spoke in court clocking up more than 2.5 million views.


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Many TikTok users discussed Heard's "bruise kit" comment, with one writing: "A 'bruise kit' for theater/acting would imply it's for making bruises not covering them up."

Meanwhile, another video circulated on TikTok, questioning the order in which Heard said she had applied her makeup.

Under the caption "Where did Amber learn to do her makeup," a TikTok user applied makeup in the order stated by Heard only to end up with a purple under her eye. The video gained over 705,000 views.

"She literally described step by step how to make a bruise," commented one fan.

During opening statements in April, attorney Elaine Bredehoft, said that the actress had used makeup to cover up bruises throughout her relationship with Depp.

"All kinds of people saw Amber that week, and she didn't have any bruises on her face. Well, let me show you this," said Bredehoft while holding a makeup palette. "This is what Amber carried in her purse for the entire relationship with Johnny Depp."

In reaction to the statement, Milani Cosmetics released a video on TikTok in which it stated that its Conceal & Perfect All In One Correcting Kit, which it purports Bredehoft was holding, was not in circulation during Heard and Depp's relationship, which started in 2012 and ended in 2016.

"You asked us... let the record show that our Correcting Kit launched in 2017!" Milani's caption read on the video, which went viral and clocked up millions of views within hours. It was also used as apparent proof of a mistruth across social media.

"Take note: Alleged abuse was around 2014-2016, got divorced 2016, makeup palette release date: December 2017," read the text added to the video.

"We are here to provide the facts of the case," the brand said in the comments section of the viral post.

Lawyer Bredehoft, however, did not claim that the specific brand or kit was the very one used by the actress.

Other claims concerning Heard's bruise-masking methods have also been questioned, with Dr. Muneeb Shah—a popular fixture on TikTok—stating that arnica would not have an immediate effect on bruising.

"Arnica will not immediately cover a bruise," Shah recently told Newsweek. "There's mixed data on whether it's effective or not to speed up resolution of bruising. Some small studies have shown the benefit in healing bruises faster but large meta-analyses have shown little benefit.

"Either way, it's not an immediate result and would take several days to see improvement. Therefore, whether she [Heard] had arnica cream on at the time is pretty irrelevant unless it was covered with make-up."

Shah said: "The only thing that can immediately cover bruises is full coverage make-up. Green tinted make-up is best because it balances out redness."

The trial continues.

Johnny Depp in court with Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard returned to court on May 16, 2022, following a scheduled weeklong break from proceedings. Depp is pictured arriving into the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16, 2022. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images