4 Turtleneck-Free Steps For Hiding The Hickey You Got Last Night

Because who actually brings a turtleneck to an adult sleepover?
Publish date:
February 4, 2014
maybelline, makeup, skin, Make Up For Ever, concealers, making out, bb creams, Garnier, bruises, cold spoons, hickeys, white vinegar

In my humble opinion, making out is underrated. I feel like
people either kiss or have sex with nothing in between anymore. I didn’t have
my first kiss until I was 18, in a club dancing to "Mo Money Mo Problems" with a
Marine, so I could also contribute this opinion to the fact that I was a late

Either way, I’m a huge fan of making out.

Recently, after doing a walk of
fame, I noticed I had a huge mark on my
neck. My MO on making out is to keep any marks undercover because the general
public doesn’t need to know about the things I do behind closed doors. For y’all who also don't want to broadcast your hookup to the world--or,
you know, at work--I’ve got you covered.

Here’s what I’ve learned in my experience
with hickeys and subsequently hiding them.

Throw a spoon in the freezer.

You know how you can use them to
get rid of puffy under-eye bags? You can also use them to help diffuse a
hickey, too.

Put a spoon in the freezer for 10-ish minutes and apply it to the affected area. To break up the bruise a
bit, gently massage the hickey with the spoon. It sounds weird, but it
feels amazing.

Try white vinegar.

If you’re into cooking, grab that bottle of white
vinegar you may have hiding in your pantry. According to a recent Tweet
that popped up on my clearly educational timeline (hi, @UberFacts),
this miracle ingredient can help a bruise go away faster. Bonus points: It
also works as a toner for skin.

Dab some on a cotton ball and hold it over
the hickey, then use a fresh one on your face to help fight oil. Double

Apply a yellow-toned correcting stick.

Yellow helps to counteract the look
of dark circles, so it’ll also work on hickeys. I like to use Maybelline
Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Yellow.
Several of my guy friends have used this in the past to hide zits, so I
know it has to be good for non-obvious coverage.

I like to blend a hashtag
shape over the mark because it’s not too cakey and gives just enough color
to diffuse the look of the bruise.

Cover it up.

In a situation like this, I use a one-two
hit of BB cream and a heavy-duty concealer to completely cover up

I massage a dab of the BB cream into the area, blending out
an inch from the hickey to hide any harsh lines. I like drugstore BB
creams, and for the last year I’ve been using Garnier BB Cream Skin
Renew Miracle Skin Perfector.
It’s light enough to give some coverage but still lets your skin

For added color correction,
I layer a creamy concealer on top of the hickey itself to hide any darker
overtones. I prefer to use Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer because it stays in place and is waterproof and sweatproof. There are also 12
shades, so you have a better chance of perfectly matching your skin tone.

What are some of your tricks for covering up hickeys? Or do you proudly wear them for all to see?