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How to Hide a Hickey

How to Make a Hickey Less Noticeable

Can we be frank? Hickeys are the worst. Nothing says, "I am wholly uninterested in looking like a classy dame" than a big ol' bruise on the neck. If you've been attacked by a love-bite monster, talk with your darling vacuum-lips about being gentle next time, and then follow my advice for hiding the evidence. I've already got you covered from the makeup perspective, but for a few other tips, just keep reading.

  • Just chill: Apply a cold compress to the affected area as soon as possible, which will help reduce bruising and swelling. You can also freeze a spoon for about five to 10 minutes and press directly onto the hickey, repeating the process as needed.
  • You're hot: After about two days, if the hickey is still visible, apply a warm compress to the area. This will help to smooth out the skin and draw new blood into the discolored area.
  • Natural route: Try arnica, which helps to alleviate bruising by stimulating circulation.
  • Raid the junk drawer: Folk remedies suggest using a comb, toothbrush, or coin to break up the clotting, but are these methods merely urban legends? If you've ever tried any of them, I'm curious to know about the outcome.
  • Master of disguise: When all else fails, you can always go the route of wearing a turtleneck or scarf, when truly desperate, you can just lie and say you had an accidental run-in with your curling iron. Hey, it could work.
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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Light silk scarfs and sleeveless turtlenecks in the summer work fine for a hickey. I wear them a lot anyway, so no one in suspicious. I always end up with biters, every time! I guess I just have that effect on men.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I think scarves are the best route, too. This reminds me of my LAME excuse from college. I told someone I fell on a vacuum cleaner. I was so stupid. Of course, the other person didn't buy it. He laughed out loud. :)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
The comb thing definitely works, and pretty instantly, but you have to be willing to comb pretty hard, and it can hurt a little. But it's worth it to save you from the embarrassment. Luckily I haven't had to use that trick since I was about 16.
goddessru goddessru 7 years
One time in college I had the worst one, and it was summerish weather, so turtle necks and scarfs were out. This girl in my class pulled out a quarter and started rubbing it on the mark... and it really helped with normalizing the color a bit. It looked more like a rash and less like a hickey. So yea, the coin trick works. But be forewarned, it hurts too. It's not exactly good to rub the edge of a coin on your skin!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
The cold-then-warm trick works but until it goes down I usually covered with a green concealer first and then my regular concealer. My last boyfriend was rough, (even to the point where my lips would bruise! )so I had to cover-up a LOT. Thankfully my fiance is much gentler. :)
sayimabird sayimabird 7 years
LOL. Well. One of my ex-boyfriends turned me onto this remedy and I swear, it sounds crazy, but it worked for me! You take a chapstick, and using the cap end, you just kinda do this rub and twist motion. Hard to explain lol. But I recall it worked, it thinned out the clot. But again, I guess with any folk remedy, if not done right, you can totally make it worse! Safest bet might be the scarf route.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Curling iron defense never works, I've tried. It makes you look like a sleazy liar, as opposed to just a sleaze. Turtle necks and scarfs work fine for me.
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