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

Because who actually brings a turtleneck to an adult sleepover?
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Because who actually brings a turtleneck to an adult sleepover?

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 bloomer. 

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. 

You can ditch the turtleneck (neck condom?) now.

You can ditch the turtleneck (neck condom?) now.

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 duty! 

 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.

#callmemaybe

#callmemaybe

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 discoloration. 

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 breathe.

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.

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