So you’re all set to go–and then you glance down at your neck. Crap. You’ve got a hickey! Now what?
Here’s the bad news: You can’t do much to actually get rid of a hickey. But here’s the good news: You can shorten its life and make it a lot less obvious.
A good way to deal with hickeys? Think “fire and ice.” As soon as you spot it, ice the area to reduce any potential swelling (the same way you may have had to do with your lips). Keep at it for a bit, then leave it be for a while. Heat wraps–the kind you get at the drug store for cramps, but designed for the neck–can also help increase circulation in the area, which will make your hickey a little less noticeable.
Now, to cover that sucker up. If your hickey is more red than purple, opt for a green-tinted correcting concealer. If it’s more purple or blue, go with a yellow corrector. Whichever you choose, dab it on just the spot, then follow with a concealer the exact color of the skin on your neck. (If you go lighter, you’ll just draw attention to the spot!) Use a pressed powder to seal in the coverage with a puff, then lightly dust away any excess with a fluffy brush. Be careful to only dust away excess powder around the spot and not on it, or else you’ll get rid of whatever coverage you had!
Don’t be scared to rock turtlenecks if it’s cold out, or toss on a cute scarf that will serve not only as camouflage but also as just a cute accessory. And if anyone asks? You burned yourself with a curling iron. Then change the subject!
How do you hide your hookups? Do you have any tricks for doing a walk of shame or hiding a hickey? Do you have any hickey horror stories? Spill your secrets in the comments–don’t worry, we won’t tell!