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How To Cover Up A Hickey And Have It Actually Work

How To Cover Up A Hickey And Have It Actually Work

We've all been there: you've got somewhere to be and you have a hickey. Don't panic, check out these tips on how to cover up a hickey!

A steamy night with the person of your dreams can be super fun…until the next day when you’re about to go out when you realise that your lover has given you a little memento of your tryst in the form of a hickey on your neck. Covering hickeys up can be difficult, but these methods are sure to work on how to cover up a hickey will definitely help!

Method One: Quick Cover Up

Whilst this may only work in the winter, a hickey can be easily covered up by putting on a high-necked top or dress, or a scarf. A high neckline is probably your best bet with this, however, unless you’re going somewhere that you can leave your scarf on and not garner too much suspicion. When using this method, try to relax and not focus on the fact you have a love bite – you’ll only draw attention to it if you keep fidgeting and fussing with your collar. This method on how to cover up a hickey really works because you’re just hiding the hickey from view, so you don’t have to worry about getting makeup on everything and can relax and get on with your day.

Method Two: Conceal

We’ve all tried to cover up a hickey with just concealer before, only to be left with an orange neck and a weird shadow of a bruise left behind. If you properly want to cover up a hickey, you’re going to have to colour correct. Since colour correction involves using the opposite colour on the colour wheel to what you’re trying to conceal, depending on what your hickey looks like will affect this. If your hickey is reddish, use a green/yellow colour to get rid of the redness. If it is purple, use a yellow concealer. Once you’ve put a colour corrector on, you can put your regular concealer/foundation on top on it, blend and add powder on top. This method works better than just regular concealer as you’re actually targeting the colour that makes the hickey stand out, so when you put more makeup on top, it will be completed hidden from view. As long as you don’t get too close to people, accidentally wipe your neck or wear white, then you should be good to go! This is for sure one of the best tips on how to cover up a hickey!


Method Three: Ice It Out

The problem with hickey is that they’re often quite fresh and painful when they need to be covered most, so to try and combat some of this soreness, get some ice out the freezer, wrap it in some kitchen roll or a tea towel and apply it to where the hickey is for 5-10 minutes. If you don;t have any ice available, then putting a spoon in the freezer for 5 minutes and then applying it to the hickey will work just as well. Be careful, though – you don’t want the spoon sticking to your bare skin and making it worse! This method of covering up a hickey works as hickeys usually look so bad as they are so red a swollen. By getting rid of this, the hickey will look a lot better, however you may want to also use one of the other methods in this to make sure it is completely covered if icing it does not get rid of it completely. This is a really common way on how to cover up a hickey!

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Method Four: Flaunt It

If you’re a someone who gets what they want and don’t care who knows it, then forgo all covering-up techniques and just get your hickey out for all to see! In this day and age, nobody should be shaming you for getting some, and if they do then kick them to the curb. This method is not recommended if you’re seeing your sweet old granny for tea the next day, but if you’re going for brunch with your friends to spill the secrets of the night before, then go for it! Whilst this may not be covering up your hickey, it does get rid of some of the shame associated with hickeys, which in my opinion is better than using 5 layers of concealer and powder.


Do you have any more tips on how to cover up a hickey? Let us know in the comments!

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